Pug smarter than tech blogger, spots spoof

Nov. 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM ET

"Pugs are the adorable little walleyed goblins of dogs, but through years of selective breeding in the shallower end of the canine gene pool, they aren’t exactly the brightest pups out there," writes Cult of Mac, of whose work we are generally a fan.

We are forced however to call "Shenanigans!" on the Apple blog's latest industry breakdown, "Watch This Cute Pug Totally Flip Out Over The iPhone 4S," and urge Cult of Mac to stick to its area of expertise — timely news, insightful analysis, helpful how-tos and honest reviews on  Apple products — and leave the pug reactions to those in the know. As Coco points out in the video above, that's no iPhone 4S commercial — it's a spoof!

As a six-time pug parent (courtesy PetFinder.com and other rescue facilities — always go rescue!), I can confirm the common knowledge that while fawn pugs (the tan kind) are generally not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, black pugs (such as Coco) are imbued with both a preternatural intelligence and an inborn talent for TV criticism. My own black pug, Mu Tan, is known to lock her so-called "walleyed" gaze on the TV , unleashing a bone-chilling growl should arch nemesis Cesar Millan darken the screen (including his dog-free cameo on "Bones"). For what it's worth, Mu Tan also hates horses, effectively putting an end to "Tudors" viewing in

In the video, we see Coco is a fan of critically-acclaimed shows such as "The Office," "Modern Family," "True Blood," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "Lost," — least when Sawyer isn't wearing a shirt. What Coco has an issue with is, in fact, not the iPhone 4S as Cult of Mac contends, but in fact, New York artist Adam Sacks' 2009 iPhone commercial spoof, highlighting apps that enable stalking one's ex-girlfriend. (We've posted the pug-offending video below.)

To be fair, it's unclear whether Coco calling "Shenanigans!" on a fake commercial, or that she takes offense at humor based on a serious subject such as stalking. What's more, it's not entirely clear why Coco doesn't have a problem with, like, that ginormous TV screen so redonkulously close to the bed. (Even if it is a front-end projector, dang!) Well, at least she's paying attention.  

Hat tip — and you know we're just funnin' ya — to Cult of Mac

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