Grieving man claims dog sent message from beyond grave about ‘family feud’

The internet is in shock after a man shared the unusual ‘message’ he received from his late pet while watching TV

Max Clayton explained in a viral TikTok video how he had lost his dog that day. Devastated, he sat down and watched Family disputes on television when a certain question made him laugh so much that he burst into tears.

With 1.7 million views, Clayton, an actor in New York City, explained: “It was literally the worst day ever. I just got back from the vet, we put our dog down.”

He continued: “I’m just making this video because I just wish he could send me a sign that he’s okay. And I turned on the TV…”

Screenshots of Family Feud
A screenshot of the “Family Feud” answer board (left) and the show’s host, Steve Harvey (right). Max Clayton explained that he and his late pet often watched the show together.
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A repeat of an episode of Family disputes was on TV, and to Clayton’s shock the question was, “Name something a dog could use to say it wants to be buried.”

Clayton immediately turned the camera towards himself and couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

This was when the final answer was revealed, and unbelievably, the contestant was right about “his owner.”

“That’s not a sign – that’s a threat,” joked TikTok viewer lildelicious69, while TikToker Jessi Canales said: “He actually said, ‘Listen… I’m fine, but listen to me… what would that do?’ it’s really great…’”

Hear the unusual Family disputes The question on the replay comforted the grieving owner, who explained that he and his late dog often watched the show together.

Of course, it’s pretty unlikely that the answer is Family disputes was really a sign from Clayton’s deceased dog. Instead, it’s much more likely that there is a psychological explanation.

Apophenia is the human tendency to perceive significant patterns, connections, or meaning from unrelated data.

Apophenia is a natural part of human perception and a term first coined by psychiatrist Klaus Conrad in 1958. He defined it as “unmotivated seeing connections.” [accompanied by] a specific sense of abnormal significance.”

It is thought to be the brain’s natural way of making sense of an uncertain world. It explains why people see coincidences as meaningful, interpret random events as signs, or believe that certain events are somehow connected – even when there is no objective basis for these interpretations.

Regardless of the reality behind the coincidence, it was clear that it had made a bad day a little better for Clayton.

In a later comment, he wrote a message to his beloved dog and said: “I love you Jakey. Thanks for paying attention.”

Newsweek I emailed Max Clayton for comment.

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Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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