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'Lab Tested' Mask Guide Will Win Your Heart and Keep You Safe

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/31/2020 James Crowley
a large brown dog standing in the snow: The chocolate lab Julius pauses after playing in the snow in Carl Schurz Park after an overnight storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow on January 04, 2014 in New York City. A meme on Facebook shows a "lab tested" pup demonstrating the proper way to wear a face mask. © Yana Paskova/Getty The chocolate lab Julius pauses after playing in the snow in Carl Schurz Park after an overnight storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow on January 04, 2014 in New York City. A meme on Facebook shows a "lab tested" pup demonstrating the proper way to wear a face mask.

At this point in quarantine, no one should really need a reminder of how to properly wear a face mask, but just in case you do need a refresher, an adorable Facebook meme has popped up recently, and it shows the right and wrong ways to don a face mask—with the help of a labrador retriever.

Shared by author Terry R. Hill on Facebook, the meme shows many different improper ways to wear a face mask, that don't help prevent the spread or contraction of COVID-19. It also shows the pooch properly covering its nose and mouth with a standard disposable mask, demonstrating the correct way to wear a mask and be safe as the pandemic continues. "I hope this helps some of you," Hill wrote in the post, accompanying the photo.

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The top comment on the post makes a beautiful play on words about how helpful the dog is being by showing off mask-etiquette. The person wrote that it was "Lab tested," which is fitting, because it does seem like the dog is a black lab.

Besides the photo where the dog is wearing a mask the right way, the other photos are still undeniably cute. They feature the dog with the mask in its mouth, over its head, dangling off one ear, resting on its chin and with its nose poking out.

Another commenter said that they would allow the dog inside their home, regardless of whether it was following the proper mask protocol. "But I would let that doggo in my house regardless of its mask," he wrote, even though he added that his cat would probably disagree.

The picture has received over 3,000 likes on Facebook and has been shared over 157,000 times on the social network. It has also appeared on Twitter. There have also been variations on the meme, like a golden retriever wearing a face mask the wrong way in three pictures and wearing it the right way in the final photo.

Newsweek reached out to Terry R. Hill via Facebook Messenger, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Hill isn't the only person who has shared pictures of a dog wearing a mask. Former Salesforce CEO Keith Block recently tweeted an adorable picture of his dog wearing a mask. It looks bigger than his canine's face, but the pet's demonstrating proper mask-etiquette by covering both its mouth and nose.

While they haven't shared any photos of dogs wearing the masks, the popular Twitter account WeRateDogs has developed its own face mask for people who want to continue to greet dogs while social distancing. It appropriately says "tell your dog i said hi."

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