Labradoodle Who Loves Ambushing His Owners Wins Pet of the Week

From a dog who responds to Harry Potter spells to a cat’s adorable greeting for its owner every morning, we’ve seen a series of fun viral pet stories this week. But alongside Internet-famous pets, we’ve been enjoying seeing our readers’ cats, dogs, and other pets submitted for our weekly Pet of the Week.

If you want your pet to be part of next week’s Pet of the Week line-up, be sure to follow the instructions at the end of this story to get involved.


Pictures of 4-year-old Squirrel the dog who loves to jump out on his owners and canine friends.

Archi Lamont

This week’s Pet of the Week is Squirrel, a Labradoodle who loves to ambush her owners and fellow canine friends.

From Perth, Scotland, Squirrel was named so because of her resemblance to a squirrel when she was just 8 weeks old.

Now almost five years old, she has a gentle nature and a serious love of playtime.

“[She] loves to hide from us and surprise us by leaping out,” owner Archi Lamont told Newsweek. “I assumed we were the target on the beach but she had targeted other victims, who were, fortunately, very tolerant of her behavior.”

When she isn’t causing mischief at the beach, she loves toys, especially her comfort teddy bear that she has had since she was a puppy.

“Her best feature is her gentle nature, but the lack of cast hair and minimal doggy smell is a bonus,” said Lamont.


Max the dog
Pictures of Max and his loving owner Michael.

Michael Garcia

Our first finalist this week is Max, a shelter dog who came from an abusive home with anxiety and PTSD.

Now living in Colorado with owner Michael Garcia, he is living his best life with an owner who truly understands him.

“I fell in love with him because I also have anxiety and PTSD. We hit it off immediately and have since been each other’s comfort,” he told Newsweek.

He’s aptly named, too, as his owner explained: “He does everything to the maximum – licking, barking, jumping.”

Almost four years old, he and his owner have an extra special bond and are barely ever apart.

London and Sunny
Best friends London and Sunny pose for the camera.

Misty Donaldson

Next up this week are London and Sunny, rescue dogs aged four and three.

“They are the sweetest babies ever,” said owner Misty Donaldson.

“I’ve been around a lot of dogs,” she said. “But I’ve never seen two dogs that have to be constantly touching like these two.”

Despite not being siblings by blood, Donaldson says that their touching love for each other is a huge source of joy.

Ollie the cat
Ollie the cat relaxing on the grass in the sunshine.

Emily Robinson

Last but not least is Ollie the cat. Just 18 months ago, Ollie and his friend showed up on Emily Robinson’s porch in Michigan.

“His friend Billy was not very friendly, but Ollie was very clingy. He wanted so much love. My husband and I would feed both boys,” Robinson told Newsweek. “We noticed that Ollie’s eye was very swollen and milky. We brought him in to take him to the vet.”

Ollie was diagnosed with glaucoma and the specialist vet told them he would need his eye removed.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to afford it so we put eye drops in and are doing our best to save up,” she said.

Since the trip to the vet, Ollie hasn’t left their side, staying in the house ever since.

And Billy is always nearby too, with his own insulated and heated home on the deck outside.

“They chose us, and we couldn’t be happier,” said the loving owner.

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them to with some details about your best friend and they could appear in our Pet of the Week lineup.