Filmed by the dog's owner, Jason Wheeler, on Pawley's Island in South Carolina, the footage was uploaded to YouTube on Aug 20, 2011. The video, titled "Madeline dachshund puppy with Crab", has gotten almost 700,000 views as of June 28.
In the clip
, which is about two minutes long, the puppy is seen zigging and zagging trying to play with the ghost crab, but never once trying to pounce on or hit it. There is music playing throughout the video, however you can hear Madeline's yips every so often.
While the crab doesn't show any sort of reciprocation of interest of play, this doesn't deter Madeline, she keeps trying to engage.
Eventually the duo reach the edge where water meets the beach and Madeline appears a bit surprised to find she's in the water, yet she can still be observed looking for the ghost crab. Ultimately, the water deepens and the duo part ways as the crab drifts into the sea.
According to ABC News 4
, Madeline's owner said his pup is a rescue dog.
"We adopted Madeline as a puppy with the help of Halfway There Rescue in Fort Mill, S.C.," Wheeler wrote to the network. "It would be great if you could mention that she is a rescue dog to remind people to consider adoption."
Wheeler told ABC News Madeline is always this playful, "whether with other people or with bigger dogs".
noted for those interested in adopting a Dachshund, the Dachshund Rescue of North America
, has placed over 8,000 dogs.