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Dog with short limbs leaves internet stumped

An adorable dog has left the internet stumped after a mind-boggling snap of her went viral.

Loving owner Jill Braatz said she had no idea of the chaos that would ensure after she posted her seemingly innocent picture of her three-year-old pooch Kona looking out the window on social media earlier this month.

But soon after uploading, the 57-year-old from Wisconsin, US, was inundated with confused comments from people around the world who said they had ‘no idea’ what was happening in the picture.

While at first she had no idea what they were talking about, upon closer inspection she realised people’s bewilderment stemmed from the fact that goldendoodle Kona was sitting in a way that made it appear that she had super-short arms and legs.

The photo of three-year old Kona which left followers confused Credit: JILL BRAATZ / CATERS NEWS AGENCY/JILL BRAATZ / CATERS NEWS AGENCY

In reality, adorable Kona is a fairly large dog but loves to sit with her front paws stretched out on the couch while her back legs peep through her armpits – which creates a hilarious optical illusion when photographed from the front.

Preschool teacher Jill said: “We just wanted to add a nice photo of Kona to the dog group on Facebook as a way to contribute to people’s day and make them happy in these times.

“She lays like that a lot, so we didn’t think much of it. It is normal of her to sit like that everyday looking out her window, she loves it.

‘We can now see why people were so confused’

“I didn’t see anything strange about the photo. I began to realise that she was gaining popularity as I was getting so many responses, shares and comments about how she was sitting.

“I jokingly said to my husband ‘Kona is famous!’ and we were laughing at all the commotion. We couldn’t understand why no one could figure out the photo.

“It took us a bit to see what other people were seeing. We can now see why people were so confused, so we posted a side angle to show that those were her back feet poking through at the top.

“It has given us a lot of laughs. To us it is normal, when she does something goofy we laugh and tell her she is famous.”

The perplexing picture took the internet by storm and racked up nearly 10,000 likes, shares and comments after being posted on social media.

A normal-sized Kona.
A normal-sized Kona. Credit: JILL BRAATZ / CATERS NEWS AGENCY/JILL BRAATZ / CATERS NEWS AGENCY

Jill added: “We never thought it would go this viral. All the buzz took us very much by surprise.

“It wasn’t our intention, we just thought it was a cute picture of her to cheer people up.

“She has an ottoman on each side of our couch so she can look out the window, that is her favourite spot.

“She gets comfortable and watches people and dogs walk by, and keeping a close eye on rabbits and squirrels in her yard.

“She is humble in her new found fame, and taking it in her stride.

“Kona has brought so much love and laughter into our home.

“Now that our kids have grown and moved out of the house, she has become another furry child that we can love and spoil each day.”

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