If you love avocados, then you’re not alone. We can make salads out of them, turn them into guacamole, or even fill them up with eggs. They’re just all-around awesome! Strangely enough, humans aren’t the only ones who think avocados rock.
A border collie dog named Diller, who’s as cute as he can be, is more than just a good boy. He’s helping bring more avocados to the world! In a way, it’s almost as if he knows that the whole world is obsessed with avocados, and he’s lending a helping paw.
Dozens of avocado trees are growing throughout the state of California, and you can thank this pooch for his amazing work. But the question is, how does he do it?
This is Diller, and he’s set it upon himself to help bring one tasty fruit to the rest of the world.
This cute dog’s mother was a rescue dog, and when he was just a puppy, both he and his family were moved to Southern California to live in a horse ranch. The property was so big that Diller and his family had a ton of room to play around.
Diller and his siblings ran around the horse ranch and they were as happy as they could be.
But the property also provided the dog with something that was quite tasty, and it didn’t really take that long for Diller to figure out what it was. According to Robert Moser, Diller’s human owner, it all began near an old orchard.
Diller was out in the field one day and discovered some avocado trees that had been abandoned.
The trees were located a couple of hundred feet from the main house in an old orchard. From that point on, Diller had fallen head over heels in love with the avocados that were produced by the trees. But who wouldn’t love that soft, green treat?
The discovery had changed Diller’s life forever, and he soon discovered how to pluck the avocados.
The pooch found the taste of these avocados too exquisite. Contrary to popular belief, avocados are not toxic to dogs, which is great news for Diller, because his owner couldn’t pry him away from the avocados. Even if he tried!
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Diller’s owner, Moser, noticed two avocado pits resting near a chair one day.
At first, he didn’t know what was going on or how those polished pits had gotten there. Then he saw Diller walking in with yet another pit and this time, the pooch placed it inside his owner’s shoe before wagging its tail.
Moser knew that Diller was expecting to get a pat on the back for doing something good.
It turns out that this gave Moser a great idea. In the past, he had tried planting avocado pits in the hopes of growing trees of his own, but that never worked out. Suddenly, he felt inspired to try again. But he had to make sure that the pit wasn’t damaged or contained skin on it, which would have made it rot.
After planting the pits, Moser was eventually gifted a new series of avocado trees.
Now, every time Diller brings him a new seed to plant, he gets praised and patted by Moser. Then the seed gets planted to create a new tree. Eventually all the trees provided so many avocados that Moser started gifting them to his loved ones and trading with nearby farmers.
Today, there are a few dozen trees in California that were grown from pits that Diller brought Moser.
“Once people started realizing I had more seeds than normal to give away, I told them the story of how I got them, and we shared a good laugh,” said Moser. Now he makes sure to provide each person with a photo of Diller, every time he gives them an avocado pit, so they’ll know who they have to thank for their tasty tree.
Important note: Dr. Justine Lee, a consultant of ASPCA, warns not to encourage this trend as the pit could be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.