Dog Owner Shares His Dog's Photo On Social Media And Fools The Internet Badly

They call him Ham Dog, and he's been a very good boy. Here's the story of the greatest prank to ever hit social media.

There's nothing like a great internet prank.

There's nothing like a great internet prank.Imgur

We're looking at you, guy who dipped a Q-tip in candle wax for half an hour to fool his roommate.

That's why we're so enamored with the story of Ham Dog.

That's why we're so enamored with the story of Ham Dog.Getty Images

First, a prankster named Stephen Roseman put a piece of ham on his dog's face. Then, he hit up social media.

"This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire."

"This poor dog was badly burned and disfigured trying to save his family from a house fire."Stephen Roseman/Facebook

"One like equals one prayer," he wrote. "One share equals 10 prayers."

People bought it and started posting prayers for the dog.

People bought it and started posting prayers for the dog.Getty Images

"Prayers," one user posted. "It looks like a slab of pig flesh was set on his head," said another, not realizing that he'd hit the nail on the head.

Inevitably, some copycats popped up.

Inevitably, some copycats popped up.Kram Taylor/Facebook

Pretty soon, there were spin-offs (like this one).

Oh, and because it's the internet, people started putting ham on their pets.

Oh, and because it's the internet, people started putting ham on their pets.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

Hey, why wouldn't they? It worked for one guy, after all.

Cats didn't escape the power of the Ham Dog meme.

Cats didn't escape the power of the Ham Dog meme.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

Most cats weren't exactly excited to take part.

There's probably a cat under all of this ham.

There's probably a cat under all of this ham.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

That is not a sentence that we thought we'd type today.

A few talented artists also cast the Ham Dog in various scenarios.

A few talented artists also cast the Ham Dog in various scenarios.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

We can kind of see the resemblance.

Oh, and people started photoshopping ham onto the faces of famous people.

Oh, and people started photoshopping ham onto the faces of famous people.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

Yeah, it had to get political, didn't it?

Well, maybe calling this "political" is overstating it a bit.

Well, maybe calling this "political" is overstating it a bit.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

This is a set of posh ham dogs, in case you're curious.

The whole point of a meme is that it keeps evolving.

The whole point of a meme is that it keeps evolving.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

That's how we ended up with Spam Hamster...or Spamster.

Even while people were digitally altering the original picture, others were still falling for the prank.

Even while people were digitally altering the original picture, others were still falling for the prank.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

People took a quick glance at the original photo and reacted viscerally.

But hey, what's the harm in believing in Ham Dog?

But hey, what's the harm in believing in Ham Dog?Stephen Roseman/Facebook

We believe. We've never believed in anything more than Ham Dog.

There is one bit of good news in this story.

There is one bit of good news in this story.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

All of those prayers worked. Yes, that's right.

Ham Dog eventually got his surgery.

Ham Dog eventually got his surgery.Stephen Roseman/Facebook

Great job, internet. You've done something.

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