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Little Boy Finds Fame by Taking a Photo with Every Dog He Pets

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If you’re anything like me, after opening up Facebook or watching the news, I’m left searching for a breath of fresh air in a sea of heartbreaking stories.

And what’s more heartwarming than puppies and kids?

That’s where 9-year-old Gideon comes in.

Gideon has a mission: to bring happiness to people and to pet as many dogs as he can. It’s a simple goal, but one plenty of people can get behind.

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He started a blog where he cataloged each of the dogs he bumped into. Every time he met a new canine, he’d get his photo taken and ask a few questions about the dog.

His blog now has over 300 entries, each one featuring the beaming boy, a happy pup and an informational snippet.

When Gideon entered the world of Twitter in April, people started to notice. Now he has over 50,000 followers.

The blog can even be searched by breed, so if there’s a particular kind of pup you’d like to have brighten your day, it’s probably available!

When Vice asked him why he started the blog, his explanation was straightforward.

“Well, there’s a couple of reasons,” he said. “One, I LOVEEE dogs. Two, I wanted to see how many dogs I could get. And three, I wanted to show the public about all of the dogs.”

“I wanted to show everybody all of the dogs in the world. I don’t think I will ever do that, though.”

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Gideon’s had his share of skeptics, though. Even though a kid asking to pet a dog seems so innocent, some people are still concerned about having their pups information online.

“A few times it did happen—only twice actually,” Gideon said, talking to Vice about owners who didn’t want their dog’s photo posted.

“I’m not really surprised. They said, well, they felt weird that a kid was asking. I have to admit, it’s kind of weird for a kid to just come up and say, ‘Can I get your dog on my website?'”

“I think one of the women said no to the website cause maybe she thinks we’re giving away where she lives or something like that.”

Despite those few cases, though, the majority of the dogs and owners he bumps into are more than happy to share a bit of joy with the world.

And his followers are certainly appreciative of the happy vibes he’s sharing. This 9-year-old is going places!

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