DES MOINES, Iowa – Five months afterwards the accident of his admired dog Walter, the 11-year-old boy abaft the accepted Twitter account I’ve Pet That Dog has begin a new best friend.
Cedar Falls’ Gideon Kidd and his ancestors adopted 3-year-old Cookie, aforetime accepted as Don, from Cedar Bend Accommodating Association in Waterloo on New Year’s Eve. Cookie is a basset and advocate mix.
Kidd’s mother, Rachel Braunigan, was afraid at aboriginal because beagles tend to case a lot, and she anticipation that ability alarm the ancestors cats. But back they saw Cookie, they couldn’t resist.
“He’s absolutely wrinkly,” Kidd said.
When Kidd and Braunigan took Cookie into a abstracted room, the pup scampered into Kidd’s lap afore jumping out again.
Gideon Kidd and his brother, Nigel (left) booty their aboriginal ancestors photo with their new dog, who they renamed Cookie. (Photo: Rachel Braunigan)
Cookie came to the apartment as a stray, Braunigan said, and is advantageous some appealing big fears. He won’t airing on copse floors and doesn’t appetite to go on a airing yet. For the aboriginal four days, he wouldn’t eat, drink, or leave his dog bed.
Kidd wasn’t deterred.
“Gideon would lie bottomward with his absolute and his pillow and lie there abutting to him and pet him, and one night the dog aloof got up and started arena with him,” she said.
For Kidd, Cookie is the absolute ancestors dog. Cookie loves to comedy with his toys, which accommodate Carrie the carrot, Eggy the eggplant and Miss Piggy the pig. He knows how to comedy fetch, but that usually after-effects in a bold of antagonism back he doesn’t appetite to let the toy go.
Kidd doesn’t mind.
He said his admired affair about Cookie is his quirkiness.
“When he’s absolutely blessed and wants to cuddle, he rubs his cheeks adjoin me and the couch,” he said.
Kidd, a self-professed dog person, said Cookie doesn’t yet get forth with the family’s two cats, Cherry and Fred, but he’s trying.
“They’re aloof hissing and meowing at him,” he said.
The ancestors additionally has two gerbils, Buttercup and Nibbles.
Cookie is originally from Oklahoma and doesn’t like the snow or cold, Kidd said, so he has to abrasion a sweater this winter. He doesn’t like that either, though, and tries to bite off the knitted garb.
Even afore the ancestors began attractive for a new pup, Kidd was a approved company to his bounded accommodating association to column pictures of adoptable dogs on Twitter. He uses his annual to appearance bodies the dogs that he pets and to allotment belief from their caregivers.
He says he’s petted added than 1,100 dogs.
Kidd started the Twitter annual about 1½ years ago and has abutting to 350,000 followers. Afore that, he was announcement the pictures on www.ivepetthatdog.com.
Des Moines association ability additionally apperceive Kidd from aftermost April’s Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University, area he was one of the judges.
Since he was 8 years old, Kidd has been traveling about Cedar Falls, and added Iowa towns, attractive for dogs to pet. He said back he sees a dog, he asks the buyer if he can pet it. He again asks these “caregivers” if he can booty a annual with the dog and ask them questions about the pet.
Braunigan takes notes.
Kidd again gives them a blooper with his Instagram and Twitter handle so they can see their pup get its 15 annual of fame. Back he gets home, he writes up their chat on Twitter. The annual is all Kidd, Braunigan said, but she monitors what he writes and who he replies to.
“Every distinct day he is autograph up this little paragraph,” she said. “He chooses to do this because he loves it, and I’m aloof so appreciative of him. He brand that it makes bodies blessed and it makes him happy.”
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