Meet Bill. He is of Lurcher breed and lives with his owner, Russell Jones, in London. Bill is a compassionate dog to his owner, and a short video that has gone viral has proved it to the world. Canines continue to surprise us by showing their way of understanding us during the times we are at our lowest. So does Bill’s story.
Russell’s right leg was placed in a plaster cast, and he had to walk using crutches. Feeling compassionate towards his owner, Bill began imitating Russell by fake limping during their walks. When other people would simply mock Russell due to his condition, this loving pooch did it out of care for his owner.
Russell shared a video on Facebook Reels with the caption: “Cost me £300 in vet fees and X-rays, nothing wrong, just sympathy. Love him! ❤️” Assuming Bill was injured as well, Russell took him to the vet for a check-up.
Give this adorable boy an extra bowl of food!
On Facebook Reels, the video has garnered 14.7k likes with 58k shares.
It is very touching to see Bill limping with his owner, raising his left paw and pretending that he is also injured. It is heartwarming to know that he is doing this out of love for Russell. Although people say that imitation is one of the highest forms of flattery, only a dog can prove it. Depending on the imitation, people mimicking others seem to be more of an insult than flattery.
“He’s copying you,” Bex Brock-Hollinshead commented, “That’s brilliant! Though you have my sympathy for the vet’s bill.”
Although Bill’s intentions of empathy were good, the vet visitation was cash down the drain. However, you can never find it in your heart to stay mad at a dog with pure love for his owner. Bill became famous and got extra treats from Russell for his compassion.
On the website Cesar’s Way, they explained why imitation is a common gesture among various species: “There are a number of different creatures that imitate others within their own species. People imitate other people. Birds imitate other birds. Non-human primates, like monkeys and apes, imitate others in their group. But dogs not only imitate other dogs—they copy what we do as well. What’s even crazier is that they have been known to do so even when the imitation doesn’t benefit them.”
They added: “Experts think that dogs’ tendency to copy us came about through thousands of years of selective breeding and training. Over time, it grew to become a built-in reaction.”
Through the centuries, canines have evolved into more loving and loyal pets to humans. They never judge or criticize since it was never in their nature. All they want to do is give their love fully to their owners and be loved in return.
Lurcher breeds are known to be quiet and peaceful. They are highly intelligent and active and are bred for hunting. Bill has proven to the world the affectionate intelligence he possesses. He’s got his owner to protect, and Bill has raised a subtle awareness for Russell.
$400 is a lot of money. Russell could have gone to have his car fixed or perhaps spent for physical therapy sessions once the cast was removed. Additionally, he could have spent it more on his leg’s medical checkups. However, it was spent on Bill’s vet bills, which was all right by Russell. They have both gone viral for Bill’s hilarious but loving mimicry. It’s opened more eyes to nature’s wonder… dogs.
▼ Watch the video below to see Bill’s compassion for his human:
Facebook credits: © Russell Jones
Instagram credits: © Billy @billy_limping_lurcher