Who's A Good Boy?

Who's A Good Boy?

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Who's a Good Boy? is a rhetorical question asked to dogs. The implication behind the question, which the dog does not have the capacity to answer, that the dog being asked is the "good boy." Online, the question is frequently discussed from the dog's perspective, who is left to wonder the answer.

Origin

While the question has been asked offline, the earliest known iteration of the question appeared in a satirical article on the humor website The Onion.[1] On December 16th, 2000, The Onion published an article entitled "Nation's Dog Owners Demand To Know Who's A Good Boy." The lead paragraph of the article reads:

"Bearing facial expressions ranging from goofy to adoring, dog owners from across the U.S. gathered in the nation's capital Monday, demanding to know who's a good boy."

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On February 23rd, 2015, Twitter[4] user @PokemonyeWest tweeted a photograph of a dog with its paw on a table and the caption, "'Enough is enough Stephanie. I need to know who's a good boy. My patience is worn thin.'" The post (shown below) received more than 2,600 retweets and 4,300 likes in three years.


"Enough is enough Stephanie. I need to know who's a good boy. My patience is worn thin."

On December 16th, 2016, Redditor[6] Hilltopchill posted a picture of a dog in a sunbeam with the caption thread title "And then God said: 'Who's a good boy.'" The post (shown below, left) received more than 71,000 points (90% upvoted) and 500 comments.

On July 16th, 2017, Redditor [3] TuchComplex launched the Whosagoodboy subreddit. In less than one year, the subreddit has more than 7,800 subscribers.

On July 22nd, Urban Dictionary [2] user Joloxsa Xenax defined the question. The post (shown below, center) reads, "The one singular question that dogs still have to this day. Because Who is the good boy? Am I the good boy? Is it you? Yes you the one reading this? You may be the good boy after all! But we will never know…"

Several months later, on February 10th, 2018, Instagram [5] posted an image of a dog looking at the ocean and the caption "'Who's a good boy?!' 'I don't know anymore George.'" The post (shown below, right) received more than 100,000 likes.


And then God said: "Who's a good boy?" (i.imgur.com) submitted 1 year ago by Hilltopchill 510 comments share save hide give gold report crosspost Sf > TOP DEFINITION Who's A Good Boy? The one singular question that dogs still have to this day. Because Who is the good boy? Am I the good boy? Is it you? Yes you the one reading this? You may be the good boy after all! But we will never know... The owner never clarifies who the damn good boy is, so the dog is left now questioning it's whole life if it were the good boy or not.... Don't do this to your dog.... tell them who the good boy really is... unless they're a girl... Owner: Who's a good boy? Dog: thinking* damn it Carol don't f------ test me again, this is 5th time today you've told me this andI still don't know who the hell is a good boy, it could that little f----- over there you call your "son" "Who's a good boy?!" "I don't know anymore George."

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They always ask "who's a good boy" never "hows the good boy" ITIS TIME TO GO WasI a Good Boy? I'M TOLD YOU WERE THE BEST. NO BiTES seebangnow These photos where taken before and after the photographer called him a good boy @DrSmashlove
sillydicemaze One of us only tells lies and one of us only tells the truth. You may ask one question. trubografx16 who is a good boy whether or A。 not vou are a good boy depends on what system of ethics I choose to apply ( wiki, How to Keep Your Dog from Chasing Cats when people come over for dinner and see ur dog but they don't even pet him or ask him who's a good boy

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External References

[1] The Onion – Nation's Dog Owners Demand To Know Who's A Good Boy

[2] Urban Dictionary – Who's A Good Boy?

[3] Reddit – /r/Whosagoodboy

[4] Twitter – @PokemonyeWest's Tweet

[5] Instagram – @thefunnyintrovert's Post

[6] Reddit – "And then God said: Who's a good boy?

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