President Michael D. Higgins’ seven-month-old Bernese dog appeared to be begging for his attention during the interview – which the dog now has an abundance of as the video has gone viral. The clip has garnered over 1.6 million views on Twitter in the last day alone and is showing no signs of slowing down as it continues to be shared online.
The Irish president was delivering a tribute to recently deceased actor Tom Hickey, who passed away on Saturday, as his dog sat by his side during the outdoor briefing.
The pooch quickly began to playfully bite Mr Higgins’ hand and even started pawing at his side, desperate for his owner’s attention.
Mr Higgins remained focused on his interview, though reached out his hand so that his dog could play with him at the same time.
The Irish president has had his Bernese mountain dog since March, following the death of Mr Higgins’ beloved dog Síoda last September.