This rescue dog’s behavior is very interesting. Donnie began arranging his toys into complex shapes like triangles, half moons, and parallel lines. Additionally, the toys are often sorted into groups (like all frogs, or all monkeys). He also will put them all face up, or all facedown, or with their little paws touching each other. Animal behaviorists have filmed his behavior and are studying it. They believe Donnie has a real understanding of spatial relationships and some believe he is indeed communicating and creating through artistic expression. Other people have theorized a ghost is instructing Donnie on the arrangement of his toys, or that he is obeying psychic commands from somebody. Just watch the video, it’s pretty fascinating.
He doesn’t appear to have been trained to do this by his current owner (or any previous one), nor does that even seem possible. He is alone while he exhibits this behavior and it is time intensive, with Donnie being filmed deliberating over a placement choice of a toy, then changing his mind, then rearranging the composition until finally being satisfied with it.
Donnie was homeless and living on the streets before being adopted. He did not begin exhibiting this behavior until several months after being rescued.