Clever Dog saw students exchanging money for food and figured he can do the same

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While some pups might resort to begging for treats, this proud dog insists on paying for his own meals.

Although, it does help that his form of currency literally grows on trees.

Negro the dog is the furry campus resident of the Diversified Technical Education Institute of Monterrey Casanare in Colombia. For the last five years, he has been a watchful companion to all of the students throughout their studies. In exchange for his presence, the faculty provides him with food, love, and a safe place to sleep.

Negro is cared for by the school’s faculty who provide him with food and water and a safe place to sleep at night. And by watching and paying attention to the students all day every day, the dog has picked up on a nifty little trick. 😉

He would watch students go to this little store on campus where they could buy things on their breaks, and sometimes they’d buy him a cookie sold there. He noticed them exchanging currency for these treats, and this is where Negro learned a little bit about commerce!

He had to try this out for himself! So Negro went and grabbed a leaf (it’s green, close enough!) to trade in for a cookie. And it worked! The dog had come up with his own currency right then and there! Leaves can buy treats, and money does in fact grow on trees. 😉

“He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange,” teacher Angela Garcia Bernal told The Dodo. “Then one day, spontaneous, he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie.”

Negro has been doing this for years now, and the staff always makes sure to play along. They only give him treats that are safe for dogs to eat and limit his purchases to just a few times per day — or else there’d be no leaves left on any of the trees on campus. 😛

What a clever pooch!

Photo credits: Angela Garcia Bernal

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