During a recent street performance in Turkey, a stray dog wandered onto the stage to give comfort to an actor during a scene in which he laid on the ground, pretending to be injured.
In the performance, the script called for actor Numan Ertuğrul Uzunsoy get hurt, laying on the floor. Although he was only acting, a nearby stray witnessing the event thought was real and walked into the scene to comfort the man.
“The character I played was injured and in great pain,” Uzunsoy told The Dodo. “He’d fallen off a horse, and was breathing hard.”
Laying on the ground acting out his scene, Uzunsoy didn’t realize a four-legged spectator had joined him on stage. “I felt warmth on my face. First, I thought my costar was approaching me,” he said. He was wrong.
For a few moments, he tried not to break character. But, dogs have a way of changing things and he eventually smiled and began returning some love to the canine caretaker.
“I was very happy when I felt the dog’s kisses,” Uzunsoy said. “I was very touched. He was like an angel who wanted to help me. It was a very emotional moment for me. I was not expecting it.”
Despite the interruption, the audience cheered, loving the sweet moment they’d all witnessed. Eventually a cast member helped the dog off-stage where he hung out for a bit before wandering off.
Now, Uzunsoy hopes to return the act of kindness. He returns to the area often, looking for the stray dog in hopes of rescuing him from the streets and finding him a forever home.
“I’ll look for him until I find him. I’ve always loved animals.”