This Is the Aftermath of a Dog Destroying a $600 Sleeping Bag

Any pet owner will know mess is part of having an animal, whether it's them shedding, tracking mud through the house or destroying soft furnishings.

And that's the exact scene that met one man as he returned home, only to find his dog had managed to get hold of his sleeping bag.

But it wasn't just any sleeping bag, but a specialist cold-weather accessory that came with a hefty $600 price tag.

Owner Jonny Mac shared a clip of his pooch, Indi, to TikTok, showing the chocolate-brown dog looking very guilty, surrounded by a sea of fluff.

Mac, whose Instagram indicates he's based in New York, explained that the pricey item had been filled with down feathers.

Explaining the difference, website Down and Feather Company said: "Down and feathers come from the exact same place—either a goose or a duck. Feathers are a bird's outer layer (wings & back) and down fibres are beneath the protective feather covering that is used for insulation. Down material lasts longer, is more expensive, and is softer."

While sitting in her cage, Indi, born in 2020, had somehow managed to get hold of the blue item and dragged it into her crate, before shredding it to pieces.

In the background of the clip, Mac says: "I can't believe what just happened. I left Indi home for a little bit, and she got my down winter sleeping bag."

While the on-screen caption says: "There goes my $600 sleeping bag." Mac captioned the video, shared last week, asking: "Is this covered under warranty?"

Since being posted it amassed more than 5 million views, and can be seen here, as he explained all was "forgiven so quickly" in the comments.

Mac wrote: "My first reaction: 'What did you do?' 30 seconds later: 'Well, it's really my fault.'"

And he clarified: "She gets about 5 miles of running/walking everyday at a minimum!"

While he shared another two clips, as he filmed the down close-up, saying: "In case any of you were wondering, about the down like it's just, it's so light, if I try and pick it up, it just goes everywhere."

Down is pricier due to its softness and the absence of quills, but the industry isn't without controversy.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) says: "Plucking causes geese and ducks considerable pain and distress.

"Typically, they are lifted by their necks or delicate wings, their legs are physically restrained or tied, and their feathers are ripped right out of their skin.

"The struggling birds are often plucked so hard that their skin is torn open and the hurried workers sew up the wounds using needle and thread and no painkillers.

"Plucking may begin when the animals are just 10 weeks old and be repeated in six-week intervals until the birds are slaughtered for meat long before they would naturally die."

In a third clip, showing Indi bounding around in the snow, Mac added: "Thanks for the messages, Indi is in good health and high spirits and I'm following what her vet advised in case she may have swallowed any feathers."

Numerous people commented on the viral video, with Amel joking: "As her lawyer... she is innocent. No video recording... no punishment."

Christina Hall wrote: "You best grab a dust pan, broom, needle & thread... $600 I'm reshuffling ALL of that back in then sewing it up!"

Jehn723 joked: "She made her own snow globe!!"

Geo-anth said: "That dog is innocent. clearly it was faulty and exploded."

While Lindsay added: "Way to blame the poor innocent puppy for the sleeping bag exploding on its own."

Seemingly explaining why he has such a pricey sleeping bag, Mac's Instagram account, @jny1489, indicates he's an "Outdoor Educator" whose interests include "travel, backpacking, outdoors."

It seems Indi comes with him on his adventures, as a post from January said: "I love this dog.

"I can't always bring Indi with me on my outdoor adventures, but when I do, she always finds new ways to make me laugh.

"Any cold weather tips for outdoor adventures with dogs are welcome and appreciated."

Newsweek reached out to Mac for comment.

File photo of dog destroying a pillow.
File photo of dog destroying a pillow. A man returned home to find his dog had shredded his $600 sleeping bag. Getty Images/LUNAMARINA