These four dogs are making a really big promise for their human.


Talk about man’s best friend: A dog in North Carolina has got social distancing down pat.

In a video on the Facebook page for Chick-fil-A in Carraway Village in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, you can see Ellie, the golden retriever, trot to the restaurant’s curbside pickup spot and take the handle of the carryout order in its mouth. Ellie then turns around and takes the order to her owner, whose name is Nick, according to the Facebook post. Nick then waves to the Chick-fil-A team member and they depart.

Ellie not only retrieves carryout orders, she also gathers video views, more than 2.3 million already, according to Facebook.

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What you cannot see in the video is that Ellie actually carries the bag for about 0.2 miles, as she and Nick walk back home. “She just walks along with it in her mouth, just trotting along beside Nick,” Gabriel Baker, the director of marketing and culture for the Carraway Village Chick-fil-A, told USA TODAY. “People will honk and wave, especially now that she’s famous.”

By the way, there is something in the bag for Ellie, too. “She likes the 8-count chicken nuggets,” Baker said.

More than 15,000 have commented on the video, since it was posted Aug. 20. “This is hands down one of the cutest things I’ve seen,” posted one viewer.

Several posters noted that their dogs might not be so disciplined. “My dogs would think it was for them to eat and go to town on it,” one said.

“My dogs would happily pick up the order … then eat before returning to the car,” said another.

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