This camouflage canine has learnt a new trick, blending in perfectly with his owners’ living room rug so the couple always trip over their invisible pooch.
As soon as Harley Edmonds, 21, and Matthew Young, 23, brought home a slate grey deep-pile rug last year to give their living room a cosier feel they realised they were going to have a problem.
The couple’s two-year-old Borkie, Marley, has fur exactly the same texture and colour as the plush carpet – and the pup quickly decided the rug was his new favourite place to snuggle up.
Now Harley and Matthew constantly have to creep across their living room so they don’t step on or trip over the dog.
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Harley, who works purchasing stocks, even admitted that she often panics that Marley has somehow gone missing only to find him curled up in a corner of the carpet.
“We moved into the house nearly a year ago and the first thing we did was go out to buy a big fluffy rug from Ikea to make the living room cosier – and that’s when the dog went missing," Harley explained.
“Marley’s fur and the rug are exactly the same, when he’s on it he is completely camouflaged and to make matter’s worse it is his favourite place to be," he continued. "He’s permanently attached to it."
There are times when the couple 'panic' when they can't find Marley.
“We’ll go and hunt for him around the house and upstairs and then realise he was actually sat on the rug the whole time," he said. “The amount of times I’ve accidentally stepped on his paw or tail because I just haven’t seen him is awful."
Sometimes the couple have to 'feel' their way across the rug in the dark so they don't step on the pooch.
“Now we wait until we’ve heard his little paws trotting up the stairs so we know we can safely cross the room," Harley explained. “He’s such a clever dog and he can do so many tricks. He can sit, roll over, stand in the air waving his paws but turning invisible is definitely his best trick.”
After one of her friend’s snapped a photo of Marley’s vanishing act, Harley decided to make it the wallpaper on her phone – but says people always ask why she’s got a picture of a rug as her display.
The £150 Ikea rug is not only a perfect addition to their home décor and a snug place for Marley to snooze but also provides Harley and Matthew with a constant source of entertainment.
One sure-fire way to find Marley even when he’s camouflaged is spotting Harley and Matthew’s eight-month-old Rottweiler pup Axel who can’t get enough of his furry friend and regularly joins him for a cuddle.
Harley said: “I’ll never forget how much the rug cost. I’d just bought my first home so I didn’t really know how much these things cost. When I saw the price tag I remember thinking ‘wow, this is going to be fun’.
“But it’s so worth it for a nice big fluffy rug, it’s a big feature in the room and in our lives. Hunting around for Marley on it makes us laugh so much.
“The best way to know where Marley is is to look for Axel because he’s nearly always lying on top of him. They love each other so much.
“I have a picture of Marley on the rug as the wallpaper on my phone and people are always asking ‘what is that?’ and I have to explain it’s of my dog not just of my rug. Everyone finds it hilarious.”
Reporting by Caters News.
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