When I first examined this photo, I saw an empty kitchen. While it was filled with regular items like a stove, refrigerator, trash can, floor mats, and a sink, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

 

However, this image came to us from a dog owner who loves sharing snaps of his pooch. But the picture is deceptive because this is not just a blank kitchen with nothing in it – there’s a dog in the picture right in front of your eyes.

The more I looked at the photo, the more I examined it, the further I felt I was getting from the truth hiding in plain sight. Fortunately, the dog owner gave me a hint, and I instantly recognize the dog in the picture.

The pooch may not be easy to spot for anyone gazing at the picture for a second or looking at it without an eye for detail, but once you dedicate yourself to searching for the animal, you may be able to spot it. I did!

The key to the photo is camouflage. There certainly is a dog hiding in plain sight, but the animal is not even trying to hide. The dog just so happens to be adjacent to the material, the same color as its fur. This makes it easy for the dog to blend in with its surroundings and match the photo to such a degree that you can’t see the dog upon first glance.

HINT: The dog is not sitting on the tiles. Although the brown tiles could make perfect camouflage for the right dog, this pooch does not have brown fur. Maybe that’s a bigger hint than I intended to give you, but, hey, this is not an easy visual challenge for everyone, and I thought you deserved a bit of help if you needed it.

 

 

One trick is to look for the dog’s reflection. When you scan over the fridge and oven, you don’t see anything shining back. However, there does seem to be some sort of reflection in the door of the dishwasher. The dishwasher is white, and the reflection is black.

Yes, the black Labrador retriever is curled up on the black kitchen mat. Because the mat and the dog’s fur match perfectly, the animal has entirely camouflaged itself.

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