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Meet Viktor: The Golf-Loving Dog

Most dogs love tennis balls, but not Viktor. Get to know the golf-obsessed canine who’d prefer to play caddy over catch.

Released on 6/25/2015

Transcript

00:00
(bright piano music)
00:02
(dog barking)
00:03
I took on golf several years ago
00:05
when I was starting a business of my own,
00:07
and I thought it would be perfect
00:09
for networking and professional
00:10
relationship building.
00:12
And then, my husband and I decided to get a dog,
00:15
and we were toying around with the idea of
00:17
getting a big breed.
00:19
And here we were, picking out a tiny, little guy,
00:22
a Weimaraner.
00:23
He could care less for tennis balls,
00:25
but he loves golf balls!
00:27
I was outside
00:28
one summer day.
00:30
I took my pitching wedge and a few,
00:32
practicing golf balls.
00:34
And, you know, I was just swinging.
00:36
Mister Viktor, obsessed with golf balls,
00:38
then, maybe a year old or so, he was outside
00:41
with me and got super excited about this
00:44
round object that was being hit.
00:47
And then, he, somehow, got really excited
00:50
about chasing it and catching it.
00:51
And then, on top of that, collecting
00:53
them all into one spot, which was perfect.
00:57
Isn't that exactly what you want?
00:58
Viktor!
01:00
Go get it!
01:00
Take it!
01:02
Take it!
01:03
I spent a lot more time practicing golf
01:05
and practicing my short game,
01:07
because the dog enjoys it so much.
01:10
I think it's mutually beneficial.
01:12
I put in the time to practice a sport
01:15
that I enjoy playing, and then he gets
01:18
a good run out of it, and then we both
01:21
enjoy each other's time.
01:22
(bright piano music)
01:23
It's interesting, but I think having the dog
01:26
that loves chasing golf balls,
01:28
as crazy as it sounds, is making me
01:30
a better golfer.
01:31
It's the amount of time that I put in,
01:34
the extra time that I put in to practice,
01:36
and then, just the energy and the passion
01:38
that he shares, sort of, it rubs off on me.
01:42
It's a very indirect way of sharing passion
01:46
(bright piano music)
01:47
(golf balls thumping)
01:50
(dog panting)
01:51
Viktor never stops.
01:54
(dog barking)
01:56
(bright piano music)
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