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By Nikki Gaskins
ngaskins@abcnews4.com

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Move over Lassie and Beethoven.  A new dog has taken the world by storm, and she happens to be a dachshund named Madeline with a very playful spirit.

So what's her claim to fame? Well, let's just say it involves a crab, but it's not just any crab. It's a ghost crab.

"Madeline was definitely trying to have a good time," recalls Madeline's owner, Emma Crompton.

The video was taken by Emma's boyfriend, Jason Wheeler, and it involves Madeline playfully taunting a little crab on the beach of Pawleys Island.  It was apparently so cute Good Morning America eventually ran the YouTube clip on air a few days ago.

"They played for a good 20 minutes before I even got my camera and just kind of followed them. It lasted a long time," Jason said. "The water came and washed the crab away, and it finally ended."

Now that video has gone viral with nearly a million views on YouTube.

"It then was on The Today Show," Wheeler said. "I had a guy in Japan send me a message wanting to use it on Fuji TV in Japan."

So move over Lassie, the world appears to have a new pet star -- at least for the time being.

"Madeline has always been a little bit of a diva, so I guess it makes sense that she's a little bit of a celebrity," joked Crompton.

With the YouTube video trending big also in Australia, the happy couple says they're glad Madeline has created a lot of smiling faces all over the globe.

"She's really special to us, and now we get to share her with the whole world," Crompton said.

Madeline is a two-year-old rescued dog. The couple says they hope the video brings attention to Pawleys Island as well as pet rescue and adoption.

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