After Observing How Students Buy Food, Clever Dog Uses Leaves As Money To ‘Pay’ For Cookies


Animals acting like people are always sure to brighten your day. Whether it’s a cat dining at the table with its humans or an octopus opening a jar, animals with human-like tendencies are fascinating. In heartwarming news, one Colombian dog has learned how to pay for treats at a school store by using leaves as tender. (1)

School Guardian

A black dog named Negro has lived on the campus of Colombia’s Diversified Technical Education Institute of Monterrey Casanare for about five years. The school’s faculty take care of Negro, making sure he has food and water. They give him lots of attention and a safe place to spend the night. In return, Negro acts as a guardian to the school and students. He makes sure that everyone is safe as students attend classes.

Since Negro spends so much time at the Diversified Technical Education Institute, he has figured out how things work at the school. In particular, he has learned how the school store operates. (1)

Dog Pays with Leaves

The school has a small store where students can buy snacks and other items on their breaks from class. Some students would buy Negro cookies from the store.

Probably because the store was sending treats his way, Negro became very interested in the store from the beginning of his time at the school. Using his superior observation skills, Negro figured out that students handed the store attendants money and got food in return. Eventually, he decided to try it out himself.

“He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange,” teacher Angela Garcia Bernal said in an interview with 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.”

While leaves aren’t a currency usually accepted at the store, they made an exception for Negro. Store attendants gave Negro the cookie he had paid for, and he realized that leaves were an admissable way to pay for treats! Now, this dog pays with leaves every day.

“He comes for cookies every day,” Gladys Barreto, a store attendant, told The Dodo. “He always pays with a leaf. It is his daily purchase.” (1)

Legal Tender

Since Negro’s first purchase, the dog pays with leaves for cookies every day. And he has been doing this for years.

There is, however, a limit to how many cookies leaves can buy. School staff members make sure Negro only gets treats that are safe for dogs to ingest. And he’s limited to just a few snack purchases a day. The school wants to make sure that Negro stays healthy. And after all, he is paying with leaves.

Negro is a beloved part of the Diversified Technical Education Institute’s community. And it’s heartwarming to see the way he has made himself a part of it and been accepted by the humans there.

“When you first see it, you almost want to cry,” Bernal told The Dodo. “He’s found a way to make himself understood. He’s very intelligent.”


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