University Students Are Waiting in Line to Walk This Giant Ball of Flu

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
Thousands of McGill University students are volunteering to walk a big fluffy Pyrenees dog, who quickly became a bona fide campus superstar.

When Jean Snow and Yuko Fujiwara came from Japan to Montreal, they were worried that Confiture, their nine years old Great Pyrenees, will lack company during the day. The 84- pound pooch is suffering from separation anxiety, and his pet parents had new responsibilities that came with the move- ones that required them to spend more time out of their home. The lack of funds for doggy daycare and the desire to make sure their pup won’t have anxiety issues led to Confiture becoming a campus icon in his own right, with 2,000 students lined up to walk him at any given time. And just one look at the mountain of floof tells you why.

It all began when Yuko came up with the idea to give out pamphlets inquiring if anyone would like to help them by spending some time with Confiture while his parents were away at work- they live near the university campus, so the majority of passengers happened to be students. By a happy chance, someone shared the pamphlet on the McGill’s Facebook group. That very night, Yuko received over 100 emails from people volunteering to help walk their pet. Two years later, Confiture has his own private Facebook group where a week of walks is fully booked in under an hour.

Students are thrilled to have a chance to spend some quality time with a cute dog, and Confiture appreciates the time he spends strolling and meeting new people. His walkers (and fans) admit that, though they’re the ones that should be taking Confiture for a walk, it’s often the other way around: this giant doggo loves his hikes and won’t hesitate to tug you a bit if needed.

The fluffy pooch quickly became a furry celebrity on the campus- students even like to think of him as their mascot. Everybody knows who Confiture is, and if they’re not the lucky walker that day, they don’t miss out on a chance to get a selfie with this good boy. It seems that, in this story, everybody’s a winner- Confiture is getting all the walks and attention his heart desires, his pawrents can do their work without worrying about his anxiety, and the students get to hang out with a friendly pupper for a few hours. How pawesome is that?

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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