Eight-year-old border collie Hurley was playing fetch while out for a walk with his owner Adam Shore on Crosby Beach in Liverpool. He then ran into a cast-iron statue and was left adorably confused when it wouldn’t pick up the ball and play with him. The dog pawed impatiently at the ground and even looked back at his owner as he tried to get the figure to play.
He’s addicted to fetch and will play it with anyone. He’ll carry the ball up to everybody he sees to get them to throw the ball, usually when I’ve grown tired after an hour of playing.
Mr Shore, academic director of Liverpool Business School, part of Liverpool John Moores University, said: ‘That’s Hurley all over. He’s eight years old now but he still thinks he’s a puppy.
‘It’s most often people on benches that he goes to, and this is the first time he’s tried to play with a statue.
‘It was quite funny when he went up to it, and at one point he looked at me to ask ‘what’s going on?’ He’s not used to being ignored.
‘He tried for about a minute to get the statue to play before giving up and moving on.’
Mr Shore has had Hurley since he was a puppy, after collecting him from a small farm in South Wales.