The internet community has a soft spot for pets, and dogs in particular never fail to impress social media, whether its a tiny driving pup or a “diva” dog staring at its own reflection. And now, a photo of a dog has recently made the rounds on Reddit, reminding users of a certain iconic cartoon character.
User iMil shared a photo of their dog on the r/mildlyinteresting subreddit with the caption: “My dog’s shadow is 100% Scooby Doo.”
At first glance, the image of the standing dog doesn’t look quite as extraordinary. However, as pointed out by the original poster (OP), the dog’s shadow appears to resemble the silhouette of the protagonist of the well-known animated television franchise.
Since it was shared two days ago, the post has already amassed 29,200 upvotes as well as 172 comments.
“You dog is 100 percent Scooby Doo!,” one commenter said, to which the OP replied: “We [are] considering renaming him now…”
And of course, some users didn’t hesitate to throw in a few Scooby Doo references in the comment section. “Ruh-roh, Raggy,” one user wrote, imitating one of the character’s catchphrases.
Other commenters seemed confused about how the Scooby Doo shadow made it look like the dog had pointy ears, when it in fact didn’t.
“Nobody [is going to] point out [that] the shadow has pointy ears up while the dog’s are flopped down?,” one user wrote.
The OP responded to the comment by saying: “I swear on my life this is 100 percent untouched, posted it right from my mobile phone, and yes I too found it quite weird.”
One user attempted to explain the optical illusion: “This could be explained by the shadow being elongated due to the angle of the sun. Look at the rest of the shadow compared to the dog; it certainly seems elongated compared to the shape of the actual dog. And also every other shadow in the picture.”
Another commenter also pointed out that Scooby Doo’s full name is allegedly Scoobert. “I recently learned that Scoobs full name is Scoobert and my life hasn’t even the same since,” they said.
Technically, that statement is partially true. While Scooby Doo’s first name is in fact Scoobert, a name that another main character, Shaggy, calls the dog on a number of occasions, there has been a fair amount of confusion on the character’s last name, which is commonly believed to be “Doobert.”
An episode from 1988 titled “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo” revealed that Scooby Doo’s last name is Doo, making his full name Scoobert Doo, according to Business Insider.
One user also shared a “fun fact” about the Scooby Doo character, writing: “When they were designing Scooby himself, they researched all of the most desirable traits in world-class show dogs, then drew exactly the opposite.”
Iwao Takamoto, the animator who originally designed Scooby Doo, based the character’s physiognomy on the opposite attractive traits of the Great Dane breed, according to the New York Times.
In a conversation with Cartoon Network Studios employees, Takamoto explained that at Hannah-Barbera, “there was a lady that bred Great Danes.” According to Takamoto, she explained to him the most “important points of a Great Dane—like a straight back, straight legs, small chin and such.” Takamoto then opted to do the opposite by giving him a hump back, bowed legs and big chin.
“Even his color is wrong,” he shared.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a photo or video of a pet has gone viral on social media. Newsweek recently reported on a Reddit post that included a picture of a “dramatic dog” that looked like it was having an existential crisis while looking out the window. Newsweek also covered a story on how a video of a husky hiding among inflatable dogs went viral on TikTok.
Newsweek has reached out to u/iMil for comment.