Lecturer’s lovely canine turns into TikTok sensation for sitting in on Zoom lessons
A goldsmith lecturer’s adorable dog has become a TikTok celebrity after videos of him sitting in Zoom classes went viral.
Dougal, a four-year-old poodle bichon, regularly sits in a nearby seat while Dr. Gordon Wright (43) gives his lectures.
“He’s just very curious,” Gordon told MyLondon. “I think that day he realized that by sitting in the chair (his chair) he could both see out the window and monitor what was happening on my computer screen.”
One of Gordon’s students, Kimi, posted a clip of Dougal in the park saying Dougal is “doing the module,” which has been viewed over 100,000 times.
“They have a great bond,” Kimi told MyLondon. “It’s like some places offer puppy therapy as a form of mindfulness.
“The content of the lecture itself is interesting, but Dougal definitely gives another reason to show up.”
The dog also has its own Instagram account, in which Gordon regularly publishes feel-good snapshots.
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Kimi told MyLondon that Dougal has been involved in online lectures since the online modules began in September.
“We knew about Dougal before, though, because Gordon was always happy to add him to the end of emails as unsubscribe or on module pages,” she said.
“He’s fully an employee at this point, and a popular one.”
(Image: Instagram / @dougalmania)
Gordon said Dougal “really misses the attention” of being in college and often came in on a Friday to see the students.
He added, “As soon as Boris says it’s okay, he’s there.”
For now, however, Gordon says that Dougal is “doing his part to maintain morale” while the lectures are still online.
“I think he’s just communicating directly with the students,” he said. “They know that a lecture goes badly when he starts snoring.”
With all his TikTok clout, could Dougal become a bonafide influencer?
“I’m not sure I have the skills to help him become an influencer,” said Gordon. “But it focuses on the goldsmith psychology students.
“It would be good if he contributed to the reward.”