Dog's Reaction to Staying With Family While Owners on Vacation Says It All

An English cocker spaniel's unimpressed reaction to being left at home with relatives while his owners head off on holiday has got dog lovers in hysterics.

Chops the dog was evidently not too happy about staying behind while his owners, Jenna Barton and her partner, enjoyed a vacation together.

Barton told Newsweek that's partly down to the lavish treatment he usually receives at home.

"He's spoiled rotten as we treat him like our child instead of a dog," she said. "He's staying with our parents while we are on holiday, so he won't be able to get away with what he usually does while he's at their house."

Chops the dog was not happy.
Chops the dog was not happy - the pet pooch was not impressed at being left behind while his owners enjoyed a vacation. mrchopsthecockerspaniel

The 7-month-old dog has evidently not been shy about letting his feelings be known at the current situation either, as the video posted to TikTok under the handle mrchopsthecockerspaniel showed.

But while the situation left the beloved pooch in full-blown sulk mode, the footage of his tantrum left viewers online suitably tickled. Barton is entirely justified in leaving Chops at home, of course, given the time and expense associated with taking a dog abroad.

If traveling from the U.K., where they live, for example, they would need to provide a new animal health certificate for every trip made, regardless of whether they have traveled, at a cost of £180 ($200).

Chops would also need to be vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including rabies, and would also need to be microchipped if not already. Even after jumping through all those hoops, it's also worth considering whether the dog will actually enjoy the change of scenery.

As the animal welfare charity the RSPCA notes: "Holidays are a great way to spend time with your dog, but not all dogs will like the change and may not have as much fun as you will. Think about things like their age and health before booking, as sometimes it may be a better idea to have someone look after your dog whilst you're away."

That was exactly what Barton and her partner opted for but, as viewers commenting on the clip noted, they may have landed themselves in the doghouse with Chops as a result.

"That look," Maya the Golden Show Cocker wrote, with Gina Preston-Kelly similarly amused, commenting simply: "the face." Lauren Owens said: "Omg I can't cope," while Codymarts commented: "such sass!"

Elsewhere, Kelley Mease agreed "pup is mad," with fabana_diez urging his owners to "get home immediately" and give him a few much-needed cuddles.

An avid watcher of golf with his dad ("he doesn't take his eyes off the ball," Barton said), Chops loves walks on the beach and keeping his mom company while she works from home.

And while they may be enjoying a nice holiday together, his owners definitely miss him. "We will give him lots of cuddles when we're home, we can't wait to see him," Barton said. "He'll be so happy to know that he's hit over 1 million views on his TikTok."