Stray Dog Interrupts Performance To Comfort Actor Pretending To Be Injured

The script for a theatrical performance in Turkey called for actor Numan Erturul Uzunsoy’s character to be harmed — but it was all a ruse.

However, one furry audience member’s lovely reaction that day was not.


“The character I played was injured and in great pain,” Uzunsoy explained to The Dodo. “He’d fallen off a horse, and was breathing hard.”

Uzunsoy’s feigned agony while he lay on the ground did not go unnoticed. A worried stray dog appeared from the wings, stopping the game to provide consolation to the “hurt” stranger.

Uzunsoy had no idea what was about to happen.

“I felt warmth on my face. First, I thought my costar was approaching me,”  Uzunsoy explained. He was mistaken.

Uzunsoy couldn’t help but break character when he realized the truth. His expression softened into a grin.

“I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses,” Uzunsoy explained. “I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”

No one seemed to notice the brief lull in the action. Rather, the pup’s interference elicited the opposite reaction.

“My castmates loved the dog, and the audience was very happy,” Uzunsoy explained. “Everyone cheered.”


A crew worker ultimately led the beautiful dog offstage, where he lingered for a few moments before wandering away. Uzunsoy, on the other hand, thinks that their encounter that day is only the first of many deeds.

He wants to reconcile with the puppy and help him find a home, as a way of repaying Uzunsoy’s goodwill.

“The next day I went to the same place, looking for him. People told me he usually hangs out there. I went again today,” Uzunsoy stated.  “I’ll look for him until I find him. I’ve always loved animals.”

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