Take It Or Leaf It: Clever Dog Trades Unusual Currency For Cookies

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Putting the "CON" back in Economics

Apparently, money does grow on trees.

That's what some are saying after video surfaced earlier this month of a dog bartering for cookies with an unlikely currency: fallen leaves.

According to The Dodo, the good boy's grasp of commerce and late stage capitalism is actually a learned, monkey see, monkey do type of behavior: Students gather daily in the courtyard of a school in Monterrey, Colombia to purchase snacks from a local vendor.

"He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange," explained teacher Angela Garcia Bernal in an interview. "Then one day, spontaneous(ly), he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie."


As one might imagine, Negro's success has encouraged him to shop his wares again and again but in order to keep the trade deficit at bay — and that of his waistline — employees at the snack bar have been instructed to limit his transactions to once or twice daily.