We have all seen dogs do amazing things. Not just man and woman’s best friend, also their most faithful companion, dogs have saved people from life-threatening situations, stood by us in times of hardship and provided us with endless hours of entertainment. Now, you can add musical talent to their repertoire of skills.
Buddy, an adorable beagle-basset hound mix, whose full name is actually Buddy Mercury, after Queen’s Freddie Mercury, is a rescue dog from Ronkonkoma, Long Island, who lives with owners, Laurie and Glen Wolfe, and his baby sister, Eve.
After Laurie and Glen brought Buddy home a few years ago, they observed that as he got used to his new surroundings, he was particularly captivated by their piano. Eventually, he decided to give it a go and got up on his hind legs and played a few keys. Soon, he was singing along to the music, all on his own.
The Wolfes couldn’t resist sharing Buddy’s exceptional musical talent online and he quickly became a viral sensation. Soon, Buddy went from being a one dog band to getting a little help from his sister, Eve, who joined the act as a “backup dancer” and occasional guitar and piano player.
In one of the duo’s most memorable performances, Buddy is seen doing his best Billy Joel, while Eve dances her heart out while playing her toy guitar. Cute doesn’t begin to describe the video. YouTubers agreed, writing, “My piano saw this now it wants a dog” and “The dog deserves a Grammy for playing music better than Justin Bieber.”
Meanwhile, Buddy and Eve’s proud parents hope that their videos raise awareness about the importance of giving abandoned pets a loving home. “We want to help more animals get rescued,” Laurie said. “We only have so much space in our home.”
According to the ASPCA, an estimated 6.5 million pets enter US animal shelters every year, including 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. Each year, nearly 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized — 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats. Still, adoption is on the rise with 1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats adopted annually. Despite these heartening statistics, 34% of dogs are bought from breeders even though there are millions of pets available for adoption.