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Jake Meeus-Jones & Naomi Corrigan

Dog thinks she's a horse after watching Game of Thrones

Meet the dog who is obsessed with horses - so much so she taught herself how to watch equine videos on Youtube. Sugar's owner said the pup is so mad about horses, she might actually believe she is one.

Maddison Kelly, 25, first noticed Sugar's fascination with horses when they watched an episode of Game of Thrones featuring Ned Stark riding a horse. Silken windhound Sugar starting doing "little barks" which she repeated whenever a horse came on screen.

Motion designer Maddison started to put videos of horses - running, playing, or just neighing - on her iPad whenever Sugar needed to be entertained indoors. The pooch was glued to the screen - but turned her nose up if it was videos of other animals such as puppies.

Soon the clever pup even worked out the thumbnail she needed to prompt a new horse video, hitting the screen with her nose. And when she got to meet horses in real life, she "tried to hug them", chasing her tail in excitement.

Maddison, from Santa Monica in California, speculates Sugar's love is down to her long snout - and perhaps she thinks she is a horse too. "It's hilarious - she just loves horses!", she laughed.

"We were watching the first season of Game of Thrones and suddenly she started making little barks. We realised it was whenever Ned Stark got on his horse, she would just bark at the screen.

"We kept rewinding to same scene and she just kept barking. So we were thought - ‘okay, she likes horses.’"

Sugar tried to hug the horses she met in real life (Madison Kelly / SWNS)

After Maddison discovered her dog's new favourite pastime, she decided to put videos of horses on wherever she goes with seven-month-old Sugar. "I could put on videos of puppies and she’ll get disinterested, but with horses she’ll watch the full video," she said.

"That's when I decided to start videoing her watching it and that’s when she tried to hit the thumbnail for the next video of the horses.
"I was just thinking 'what are you doing?!'"

And when Maddison decided to take Sugar to her local stables to meet some in real life, she discovered Sugar had another love - donkeys. They appoarently leave her "spinning in circles".

"She kept going on her hind legs and just trying to hug them," she said. "Her tail was wagging trying to stand up next to the horse.

"I think she may think that a horse is just a bigger version of her, because she's got a longer snout."

Maddison is now planning another trip to the stables with Sugar. And she plans to post a message in her town's social page to see if anyone has any other long-nosed friends her puppy pal can meet.

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