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Golden Retriever Sisters’ Playful Toy Tussle Wins Hearts [Video]



Quick Smiles:

  • A video of a dog named Emma sneakily trying to steal a toy from her golden retriever sister, Ellie, has gone viral on TikTok, gaining 2.4 million views. The charming interaction between the two has brought joy and laughter to millions of viewers.
  • Despite the apparent rivalry over the toy, Ellie, trained as a therapy dog, maintains a calm demeanor throughout the video. Her owners, former military personnel Kevin and Katie Bubolz, have spent years volunteering to improve people’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
  • The adorable rivalry and playful antics of Emma and Ellie have won the hearts of many, leading to a flurry of positive comments on the post, with users praising the pups for their cuteness and intelligence.


Never a dull moment with these two 😂 ♬ Pink Panther Intro – Henry Mancini

Talk about sibling rivalry!

A video of Emma, an adorable dog refusing to share a toy with her golden retriever sister Ellie, is melting hearts across the internet.

Posted on TikTok by the account Golden Retriever Life (@elliegoldenlife), the delightful video clip has already racked up a staggering 2.4 million views.

“Never a dull moment with these two,” reads the caption, and boy, are they right!

Ellie, the golden retriever, is seen in the video comfortably lying on the floor, her paw possessively over a coveted toy.


But her sneaky sibling Emma has other plans.

With the determination and stealth of a seasoned ninja, Emma attempts to pilfer the prize from Ellie.

According to a comment from the account holder, “the toy’s cool factor goes up 10x when Ellie has it,” an amusing observation that echoes the experiences of siblings everywhere.

Who hasn’t thought, like user lisajelikovsky commented, “…I remember as a kid, I didn’t want that toy until my sister had it…”?

This canine caper is not entirely unexpected.

A November 2012 study conducted with Labrador retrievers and published in the journal Animal Cognition found that “domestic dogs are reported to show intense but transient neophilia towards novel objects.”


This might explain Emma’s sudden interest in the toy her sister was holding.

The video hilariously shows Emma cautiously reaching for the toy with her paw, but failing to grab it.

Ellie, the ever-so-patient sister, remains still, keeping her paw protectively over the toy.

Not to be defeated, the determined Emma carefully slides the toy out from under her sister’s paw, finally claiming it for herself.

The video ends on a heartwarming note.

Despite the high toy stakes, Ellie shows off her calm disposition, trained as she is to be a therapy dog.


Kevin Bubolz and his wife Katie, both former military personnel, trained Ellie to offer comfort and companionship.

The couple has also volunteered their time in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to improve the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of others.

TikTok users couldn’t get enough of Emma’s “sneaky” antics.

@beatleslover012 quipped, “So cute!!!!! That paw reach though.”

User Cindy Hobden praised the pup as “So smart, sneaky and sooooo cute.”

User kenzo bear kept it simple with a heartfelt “so adorable.”


The stars of the show, Ellie and Emma, keep bringing smiles and laughter to millions with their adorable rivalry and delightful antics.

Who knew that the struggle for a toy could be such a paw-sitively heartwarming spectacle?