If there was ever such a thing as a welcome disturbance during a competitive soccer match, this stray dog is the very definition.
The dog, looking for love, ran onto the playing field during a Sunday match between rival teams Torpedo Kutaisi and Dila Gori in the country of Georgia, according to the Associated Press.
The dog appeared to make its way past fans and referees before walking across the pitch and interrupting the game.
But the players were visibly amused by the canine crashing their match.
@TIME That's a very playful lovely dog— Chris tian (@Chris tian)1539147421.0
@TIME She saw grass, balls, friendly hooman's that looks like a park to me....PARTY— Brian Holloway (@Brian Holloway)1539148812.0
In the video, a goalkeeper gets the dog to lie on its back and gives it a nice belly rub.
The players managed to wrangle the dog off the field after about three minutes of play time.
@TIME So cute how the player was interacting with the young pup😄— Darlene Cullington (@Darlene Cullington)1539178859.0
@TIME Let the dog play for God’s sake! He loves to play soccer!— Résistance 2017 (@Résistance 2017)1539140102.0
The footage is undeniably cute, but people couldn't ignore how the security guards fumbled their attempts to safely lure the pup off the pitch.
@TIME That’s not how you pick up a dog!— Michele DeScioli (@Michele DeScioli)1539143718.0
@TIME Have these people never picked up a dog before?— Liberty☠️Crypto☠️HoloWeen (@Liberty☠️Crypto☠️HoloWeen)1539139648.0
@TIME wow stupid officials. hope he bit them! jerks!— AndorianIP(AiP)🐍 (@AndorianIP(AiP)🐍)1539141137.0
There is, apparently, a proper way to handle a rogue dog.
@Brieezer @pisa_lisa @TIME No, you're talking in general. If you're approaching a wild animal that you don't know t… https://t.co/IEW9Dv4HeW— Leslie (@Leslie)1539140911.0
@maliceFFC @pisa_lisa @TIME Don’t know what this person’s credentials are, but would only advise scruffing a large… https://t.co/b8fcqLb8v2— Brianna Kopec, former street person (@Brianna Kopec, former street person)1539141325.0
The dog just needed to abide by the proper dress code.
@blaxicanboy18 @TIME Coach said if he brought a uniform he could play!— I Am Someone (@I Am Someone)1539143758.0
The game ultimately resulted in a tie, according to Time.