Dude "inflates" dog as if it were a balloon

Video Link. How does this work? Your theories welcome in the comments. (via Arbroath, thanks Tara McGinley)


  1. The question isn’t “how does it work?” but rather “what first gave him the idea to blow in his dogs face like that?”

    1. You’ve obviously never had a pet. All pet owners have this irrepressible urge to blow in their pets’ faces. All of them. Case in point:

      1. I gave up on that pretty quickly when I discovered that blowing it my cat’s face would make her sneeze in mine.

  2. Well, Dan it’s rather simple – air pressure through the dog’s nose encounters branches and sub-branches in the nasal cavity – and as everyone knows, when you constrict a fluid (gas or liquid), it speeds up – so when that fast, cold air hit’s pooches lil tummy, the legs go flyin.
    Case Closed.

  3. It’s a reflex of the puppy to stretch out when the guy flexes it just the right way.
    You can see that he is holding the dog, then changes it’s balance just in such a way that the dog tries to correct and balance itself.

  4. Easy: it’s a “min-pin”: a doberman pinscher hybridized with a rubber plant.

      1.  But African rat weiner dogs are not migratory.

        (that it took me to do that, is a sorry commentary on the rapidly descending age demographic of the boingboing peanut gallery)

          1.  it’s a simple question of weight ratios.   five boingboing commenters cannot carry a 37 years old liturgy

            (egad, it’s been 37 years… (and i’m still a newt))

      2. Vienna sausage / Wiener Würstchen from the Austrian city Vienna / Wien. 
        Weiner sounds similar to whiner and means exactly that. 
        Common mistake. 
        Now throw another dachshund on the barbie. 

        1. Except in Vienna they are called “Frankfurter” exclusively and “Weiner” means exactly nothing in German. Well, technically it _could_ be a word but it just isn’t, for it’s just not used in German. It’s a Jewish name as far as I’m concerned.

          Common mistake.

          Are we done being pedants yet? ;-)

          1. Nah.  Being under the strong impression that Antinous gives a damn about language I was being more helpful than pedantic. 

            Pedant mode on:

            You don’t speak German? 
            Der Weiner, —«, Mz. gl.; die —inn, eine Person, welche weint. Wörterb. »4g,. (R). 
            (Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache 5 U bis Z
            Publisher:     Braunschweig Schulbuchh. 1811)

            Weiner [sl.] [sl.] [man regarded as weak, ineffectual] Schlappschwanz , Waschlappen, Feigling, Schwächling. 

            Not a common term, but surely not meaningless.

            Pedantry continued:

            Wiener Würstchen
            Frankfurter Würstchen

            They are made from different dead animals.  

            When being a pedant one should at least be correct. 

            /pedantry I still like you.

          2.  So we’ve learned here that I can call someone an “ineffectual man” using either the terms Weiner, Schlappschwanz, Waschlappen, Feigling, or Schwächling?  Good to know!

            “I’ve had enough of you, you schlappschwanz, you!!”  It has a good ring to it.

  5. Cute!

    I think the dog’s natural reaction to having air blown in its face is to move away from it. In most cases, moving away involves propelling itself with its back legs.

    1. I’m thinking something similar, but that the dog is trying to get closer to the human’s face, and arching his back to lift his head. Like sticking his face into the windflow across an open car window.

  6. I think you missed the mark with the headline.  It doesn’t appear that he’s inflating the dog.  Just blowing in her face.  And, I think the dog senses the air current in her face and thinks she can fly . . . like SuperDog!!!  :-)

  7. That depends. What is its carrying capacity?

    /edit This was meant as a reply to Antinous.

  8. The air enters through the dog’s nostrils, passes through the stomach where the special odor  molecules get added, through the intestines (a straight run where any nutrients are extracted and the special odor molecules get concentrated) and right out through the anus.

  9. Human babies have a startle reflex that, at least in my kids, I could trigger by blowing in their face.  They would gasp, hold their breath, and arch their back really hard like that dog is doing. I often used it as a trick to interrupt a tantrum or crying jag when they were little babies.  They couldn’t cry while holding their breath.  Or maybe it’s the diver reflex?  I wonder if there is a similar reflex going on here?  When I taught infant swimming classes as a teenager we would blow on the babies faces right before we dunked them under the water and they would do that.

  10. I think the dog is trying to lick him and is stretching out to do this.  One of my old dogs would try to lick anyone blowing in its face. 

  11. Dog inflation has been practiced since the early seventeenth century.  See the prologue to the second part of “Don Quixote”: ” …by blowing, he made the dog as

    round as a ball…”

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