Dogs ‘ride’ to convey dominance or social status • Instinct Magazine

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Fezco (image via Facebook/StanlyAPS)

The handsome guy above, named Fezco, was allegedly dumped by his owners for being “gay”.

The Stanly County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page shared that the dog’s owners returned him after he ran into another male dog, the local reports. CW News Affiliate.

Fezco, whose breed is unidentified, is between four and five years old and weighs about 50 pounds. People at the shelter add that he gets along well with people and other animals.

The shelter is asking local rescuers to step in and take Fezco into foster care before he is adopted. Anyone able to offer Fezco a home can call the Stanly County Animal Shelter at (704) 986-3881.

According to PetMD, dogs bump or express “mounting behavior” when excitable, such as playing or meeting another dog. They also go up when trying to convey their social status or dominance to another dog.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) agrees that this behavior is fairly normal.

“Sexual behaviors, including mounting and pushing, are part of normal play behavior,” reads the ASPCA website. “Dogs sometimes mount other animals and people to display their social status or control.”

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It should be noted that homosexual behavior has been observed in more than 1,500 animal species, according to American Scientist.

Imagine how confused and scared the poor boy must be. Fortunately, Fezco has received a lot of support on social media, with several people expressing interest in adopting a “big gay dog”.



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