Unlike most videos that feature dogs, I do not find this adorable. But it is very interesting:
What we see here is gross difference in perspective. The Dachshund is playing—it might as well be chasing a ball. But for the crab, this is an existential conflict. Even if the dog means it no harm, and the crab has no way of knowing this, the dog could easily kill it by accident.
The video has a certain drama to it. Throughout, I was hoping that the crab made it to safety. I didn’t think this because I particularly care about the fate of any given crustacean. But I did think that if this dork with the camera posted the video with this feel-good music and the crab died, I was going to be very angry.
I kind of am anyway. As I said, this was not a fun time for the crab. If it had been my dog, I would have pulled him away. “Leave the poor crab alone and be happy you were born a mammal whose every need (except crustacean crashing) is taken care of.”
I just noticed the top comment on the video read, “I think it’s quite the stretch of words to consider them ‘playing’… The dog was definitely playing…the crab was running for its life!” Indeed.