Friendly dog photobombs every Google street view of island

Only two humans inhabit the tiny island of Jukdo off the coast of South Korea, so maybe that’s why the island’s resident golden retriever took such an interest in the stranger with the contraption on his back.

Hi, I'll be your canine guide today: A friendly dog tailed a Daum street view photographer during his shoot of the tiny South Korean island of Jukdo and managed to get in every image. Photo: Google Street View

Note the spectacular views to my left. Photo: Google Street View

We do have a boardwalk to keep your feet dry.  Photo: Google Street View

Hold on, something smells good here. (Sniff, sniff.) Photo: Google Street View

Let me lead for a while. Photo: Google Street View

Am I going too fast for you? Maybe you should take that tree off your back... Photo: Google Street View

We really don't have that may picnics despite all these tables. Photo: Google Street View

And here we are, back at the house. Photo: Google Street View

Google street view cameras are commonly seen on the roofs of cars. But in more remote locations, they have to be carried with a backpack. Photo: Colin Hackley, Associated Press

Lugging an unwieldy street view camera, a technician from the mapping service Daum journeyed to Jukdo to photograph the half-mile-long-by-third-of-a-mile-wide rock despite the fact that Jukdo lacks streets.

The whole time, his new shaggy companion followed him around as if the Daum mapper had stuffed bacon in his pockets. The result? The street views of Jukdo have more dog shots than “Old Yeller.”

You can take a tour of the island here.

Medicinal herbs are grown on the island, which is accessible by ferry and has an observatory. Tourists who climb a long spiral staircase are rewarded with gorgeous ocean views.

The Daum cameraman filmed the street views of Jukdo in 2010, but nobody noticed that they starred the friendly retriever until last week.

Mike Moffitt


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