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California Man Finds and Rescues Lost (Robot) Dog (and UFO?)

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Mom! Dad! Look what followed me home! Can I keep it? Pleeeeaaaase?! I promise I’ll take care of it. Take it for walks and everything. I will. I will. I promise!  It’s high time that the Lost Dog archetype got an update for the new millenium. You knew we could count on Los Angeles, California to deliver. And with the handle on Instagram in early 2020, that update has arrived. Have you been following the story of Lost Dog 2.0?

Lost Dog 2.0

In this version of the tale, the role of the pleading Junior is played by a man out for a walk exploring his new neighborhood. No dog follows him home, but he does stumble across a robot dog while out for a stroll.

What the…? What is this thing? It’s a dog!

Poor robot dog — we shall hereafter refer to robot dog as Roboto — was too drained and weak to follow Junior home. Junior took hold of the situation by carrying Roboto along in a wagon. Until Roboto disappeared. Was he scared of Junior or the wagon or his pending fate? There’s no knowing for sure. Thankfully, though, our hero was able to track Roboto down and take him home. “Ill save you,” he says.

 

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It’s so beautiful….🐶❤️

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Thankfully, “home” includes a terrifically well-equipped and organized workshop for caring for lost robot dogs like Roboto. Junior quickly diagnoses Roboto’s problem. It’s nothing more serious than a lack of energy. And it’s nothing that finding the right robot-dog-charger won’t solve. Our intrepid hero left Roboto on his workbench while hunting down the right tools. Things were about to take a turn.

 

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DID YOU SEE THAT?!?! 🛸

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Finally, our hero celebrates getting Roboto charged up and turned on, even if just slightly. That’s the good news. The bad news? As soon as Roboto’s lights flicker on, all the lights in our hero’s workshop flicker off along with a disturbing electrical sizzling sound. (It couldn’t have anything to do with that miniature flying saucer, could it?) What else is there to say except what Junior says? “I’m screwed.”

Somehow the power comes back on, but by that point, Junior and Roboto have moved outside. As is the case with any robot power-down/re-start scenario, Roboto needs a full reboot. You can see it all over his face — really, you can. His forehead lights up with “CONTINUE…. OS REBOOT… 26 HOURS.”  But what’s another 26 hours when you’re saving a life?

Twenty-six hours later

After 26 hours of rest, relaxation, and re-charging, watch Roboto rise up, stretch his legs and back, sit oh so sweetly, and stick out his tongue. So cuuuuuuuute! What a perfectly normal and happy ending to this mundane tale! Except for a couple things. Like, uh, the UFO! And Junior’s shocked and frightened “Aaah!” at the end of this clip.

 

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26 hours later….ITS ALIVE!!!!

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Wait. Is that a happy ending or not? Roboto looks happy, for sure. But Junior practically screamed. Why? Does it have something to do with the unidentified flying object in his workshop? Junior’s okay, right?

There’s no way to know. That last clip was the last we’ve seen of Roboto and Junior on Instagram or YouTube. Nearly 40,000 people have seen it since it was posted. On April 1, 2020. Hmmm. That’s interesting.

What will happen next?

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