Dog fulfills his lifelong mission to embarrass his human by throwing up in the background of a very important meeting while she desperately tries to block off the noise.
After the pandemic, Zoom calls have become a part and parcel of corporate life. The best thing about these Zoom calls is that you can attend them from anywhere. The worst thing is also the fact that you can attend them from anywhere. You may have control over yourself but not over other people or animals around you. Ellie Hurler (@myphdexperience on TikTok) found herself in this predicament when her dog realized his lifelong mission to embarrass his human right when she was in the middle of an important speech. The little troublemaker began to throw up very loudly in the background as Hurler gave a talk to thousands of attendees, some of whom were Nobel laureates.
A viral video Hurler shared of the incident begins with a text overlay that explains what her dog pulled in her meeting. It reads, "POV: When your dog starts throwing up while you are giving a talk in front of thousands of important people including Nobel Prize winners." Of course, the dog did not know they were Nobel laureates. For him, they were just humans talking to his human, so he is not to blame. The part of Hurler's speech that we hear before her dog begins his unfortunate retching and heaving was quite riveting, to be honest. "...important to enthuse your followers with innovation. It is cool to be a scientist and an inventor, and we need to change the world and show that..." she says, not knowing what was about to take place behind her.
In the middle of her speech, Hurler realized that her Zoom call nightmare was coming true. Her dog, a 13-year-old labradoodle named Henry, began making weird noises. The grumbling was so loud that at one point, she bent forward to block out the sound in a desperate attempt to avoid the other participants hearing the noise. But her attempts were in vain. She clarifies in the caption that Henry was perfectly fine. He was just in a mood and was not going to stop for a meeting. The dread on Hurler's face with the hurling sounds in the background might be the funniest visual of the meeting for all the participants.
The comment section loved the dog's antics. @tonyprice10 thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and wrote, "Poor Henry, and definitely embarrassing for you Els." @beccisme22 could feel Hurler's embarrassment from the screen, commenting: "I thought it couldn’t get worse but then the last gag happened."
Let's not give Henry all the blame though. These Zoom mess-ups are more common than you might think. Rod Ponton, a county attorney in Presidio County, Texas, appeared as a cat to all participants during one of his Zoom meetings. No matter how hard he tried, he was unable to figure out how to remove the filter. This also showcased how much of a crossfire the pandemic threw humans into as a large chunk of the population was not fully comfortable with technology.
It is not only animals interrupting these sessions, children have also been known to partake in the fun. In this infamous BBC interview, Robert E. Kelly—a professor of international relations at Pusan National University in South Korea—was hilariously interrupted by his children, as he tried his best to keep a straight face and focus on the topic at hand.
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