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The Great Costco Hot Dog Heist: When Hubby and Pup Team Up!

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Let me paint you a picture that’s all too familiar for anyone who’s ventured into the colossal wonderland that is Costco, armed with a shopping list and a partner who’s easily… shall we say, distracted. This tale involves a husband, a very persuasive Labrador, and the irresistible allure of Costco’s legendary hot dogs.

So, here’s the scoop: A wife, thinking she could leave her husband unattended in Costco for a mere five minutes, returned to find a scene straight out of a sitcom. Picture this: In the vast sea of cars in the Costco parking lot, there he was, caught in the act, feeding their beloved Labrador, Remington, a hot dog through the car window. And, of course, this hilarious moment of marital bliss (and mischief) was captured on video, garnering a whopping 3.6 million views on Instagram. Talk about going viral for your snack crimes!

The video is comedy gold. The wife, camera in hand, approaches her hubby, who’s casually standing by the car, indulging Remington in a little hot dog feast. Her reaction? “Are you kidding me? I leave you alone in Costco for five minutes.” And hubby’s defense? A classic: “He was so hungry,” accompanied by affectionate pats on Remington’s head, as if to say, “What’s a man to do?”

But let’s not gloss over the wife’s response, a mix of incredulity and resignation: “I don’t even know what to do with you.” The cherry on top? This hot dog debacle came right on the heels of a serious “we need to cut back on his treats” conversation. Oh, the irony!

The internet, of course, ate this up (pun very much intended). One user chimed in, siding with Remington: “Doggo is like, ‘mind ya business.'” Another pointed out, “The way the dog licks his lips when he says ‘he was so hungry’ they practiced before you came out the store.” And a third reminded us all of an undeniable truth: “Labs are ALWAYS STARVING, he was just helping your poor sweet boy not waste away!”

But before we crown our sneaky snack-giver as hero of the day, let’s take a detour into the land of canine nutrition, courtesy of the American Kennel Club (AKC). It turns out, hot dogs are not exactly top-tier doggy diet material. Who knew, right? Between sodium nitrates, MSG, sugars, artificial sweeteners, and seasonings like garlic and onion powder (big no-nos for pups), hot dogs are less of a treat and more of a trick on your dog’s health.

The salt content alone is a red flag. A dog weighing 33 pounds needs just 200 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, and half a hot dog could launch them way over that limit with its 500+ mg of sodium. The AKC’s advice? Stick to plain, unseasoned sausages if you really want to treat your furry friend.

So, what’s the moral of the story? If you’re venturing into Costco, maybe keep the whole family on a tight leash – and that includes the two-legged members prone to sharing their snacks. And to all the husbands out there, caught in the act of spoiling their pups with questionable treats, remember: A plain home-cooked sausage saves the day (and possibly your dog’s health).

In the end, this delightful tale from the Costco parking lot isn’t just about a man, a dog, and a hot dog; it’s a reminder of the little moments of joy, laughter, and love that pets bring into our lives. Even if it means occasionally having to save them from our well-intentioned but misguided snack choices.