-- Ever since Josh Breaux of Pierre Part, Louisiana, was caught on his neighbor’s surveillance video sneaking into her garage to give her pet dog, Dutchess, loving hugs, many have been rooting for the 9-year-old trespasser to get a beloved dog of his own.
The neighbor, Hollie Mallet, posted the viral video online this summer, telling Josh to come by anytime to visit with her pup. ABC News reported in June that the boy was heartbroken after the recent death of his own dog and was just looking for a furry friend to cuddle.
Josh’s mother, Ginger Breaux, explained that it wasn’t the right time for the family to take on the responsibilities of a new dog.
“We had our dog Bella since Josh was 2, but she passed away last year,” she wrote on Facebook. “Things have been busy and Josh is active with after-school activities so we have not jumped back into taking on the responsibility of starting all over again with a new pup quite yet. It will happen though!”
Well, the time finally came. This weekend Breaux gave in, welcoming a nearly 3-month-old pup named Drake into their home. The black Lab came from a family nearby whose son left for college and couldn’t care for the puppy any longer.
Ginger said the turning point arrived because she had been under a lot of friendly pressure after the heartwarming story garnered so much attention on social media. People around the world were calling to offer a new dog to the Breaux family, and now Josh has a brand new four-legged best friend.
For the record, though, “Josh still goes to see Dutchess on occasion,” his mom wrote on the “World News Tonight” Facebook page, posting video of her son’s happy update. “Myself and my daughter also stop to visit her a few days a week when we go walk. My daughter loves playing and giving her hugs.
“And I never had an intention of no dog, I just wanted to wait until the time was right for us,” Breaux added. “And we just happened to find out about Drake at the right time. So glad that we could share our positive story!”