Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kamloops, B.C., Dog Shows Stick-to-Itiveness While Stumped by Stuck Stick

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kamloops, B.C., Dog Shows Stick-to-Itiveness While Stumped by Stuck Stick

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Dog whimpers softly and carries a big stick

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Kamloops, B.C., pooch who refused to be stumped by a stuck stick has become a YouTube sensation for its stick-to-itiveness.

Montana, a 10-year-old yellow Labrador, is the star of a YouTube video that has now surpassed one million views after Montana's people posted it earlier this week.

"We were hoping to get maybe 500 views when we first put it on," said Melanie DeWolf.

"It's just crazy. We weren't expecting one million."

DeWolf's husband, Craig, made the cellphone recording on Jan. 26, while out for a walk with Montana at Pine Park, near Kamloops Airport. The couple's daughter, Mikayla, posted it to YouTube that day.

The video, which is just over a minute long, shows Montana carrying a one-metre-long branch in his mouth as he tries unsuccessfully to pass through a narrow park gate.

The dog can't figure out that he needs to turn his head to the side for the stick to pass through. He repeatedly clanks the stick into the metal gateposts in a humorous sequence reminiscent of a Three Stooges film, all the while whimpering because he doesn't want to leave the stick behind.

And YouTube viewers, it seems, love every second of it. As of Wednesday, the video had reached almost 1,006,000 views. …

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