A sheep dog has made his mark online following a video showing his reaction to his favorite and least favorite words appeared on various social media platforms. Ten-year-old Rex lives in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire with his owner, Charles Lamb, who is a sheep farmer. Last October, Charles shared a video of his four legged friend reacting to various words and phrases, such as ‘car’, ‘go to bed’ and ‘tractor’ in Welsh.
Much to his owner’s surprise, the video has since received around 200,000 views on social media, including TikTok, as well as a TV appearance on a S4C agricultural show. Many viewers have described the video as hilarious and some have even praised Rex for his evident intelligence. According to Charles, the video was created to “cheer up” one of his friends.
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“For a long time, Rex has been responding to certain words either with a growl or a smile,” Charles explained to WalesOnline. “It’s just one of those things that he does, I haven’t trained him or anything. One day, my friend was feeling down in the dumps, so to cheer her up I decided to send her a video of Rex.
“He was in the car with me at the time and I just recorded him reacting to different words. For example, with words such as ‘tractor’ or ‘car’ – he’ll respond well to those because he likes to go for a spin in both. He hates the word ‘washing machine’ because that’s where I used to keep his toys when they were in the way.
“My mum would tell him to ‘cer i gwely’ [‘go to bed’ in Welsh], which he also didn’t like and would growl. He hates the phrase ‘nom nom’ as well because when he was younger I used to pretend to eat his feet and he wouldn’t like that.
“One day, I found the video on my phone again and thought it’d be great to share it on social media. I wasn’t expecting such a reaction to the video, especially as I say certain words in Welsh and obviously not everyone can speak the language. But it has done really well, I’m very pleased. People will come up to me now and tell me they’ve seen the video or me on TV.”
What started as a way to promote business for the sheep farmer, Charles’ TikTok account has very much become all about Rex. But the farmer doesn’t mind, as he explained, because it seems that it has always been that way for the two.
“More people know Rex than they know me,” Charles said. “He has a habit of going to town, and whenever I head over to find him, I’ll ask people if they’ve seen my dog and they’ll quickly ask “is it Rex?”.
“Rex is a bit of a character, for example he’ll always chews my boots – I think the longest time my new boots have stayed in tact is half an hour. He’s always by my side, whether I’m working on the farm or working elsewhere, he’ll come with me.
“Last year, he had a cancer on his eyelid, and I’m so glad to say he has made a full recovery since then. I don’t know what I would do without him, we’ve been through so much together. “