When Sandi Swiridoff’s labradoodle, Reagan, was just 11 months old, he met another 11-month-old (in human form) — and they instantly became best friends.
You just need to take a look at Swiridoff’s Instagram account, Reagandoodle, to see the amazing (and adorable) friendship these two share. From sleepovers to playing dress-up together, these two have been inseparable from the first time they met.
Swiridoff’s daughter, Kari Lewis, started fostering a little boy in January of 2015. To protect his identity, Swiridoff calls him Reagan’s “Little Buddy,” “because that’s really who he is,” she told NBC News, and the photos also never show a clear view of Little Buddy’s face.
Swiridoff and her husband welcomed Reagan, an Australian Labradoodle, into the family in 2014, when he was just 8 weeks old. Like so many parents (and pet parents), her Facebook page quickly filled up with adorable snaps of Reagan. Swiridoff’s kids, Justin, 29, and Kari, 26, suggested that she give Reagan his own social media account. “I started Reagandoodle in August of 2014, when Reagan was 6 months old,” she explains. “Reagan loves the camera, and the camera loves him. He was such a good, expressive little model that I decided to kick it up a notch and dress him in people clothes.”
It’s true that the camera definitely loves Reagan. But the adorableness doubled when Little Buddy came into their lives.
Swiridoff wrote about their fateful first meeting, from Reagan’s perspective:
“From the moment we met, I knew Little Buddy and I would be best friends. He was not quite a year old — just like me! I was a big ‘ole floppy puppy, but Little Buddy wasn’t the least bit afraid of me. I trotted right up to him and planted a big, wet puppy kiss on his cheek. He smiled and asked for more. He couldn’t talk yet, but I knew exactly what he was saying. We speak the same language.”
Kari Lewis and her husband have been working on the process of adopting Little Buddy. Swiridoff, his foster grandmother, says, “We hope and pray that Little Buddy can be part of our family forever.”
They’ve fostered eight children over the years, Swiridoff explains. Two children stayed with them for 18 months, and others were short-term fosters, ranging from three days to three months.
The Reagandoodle Instagram account now has over 154K followers. After gaining so much popularity, Swiridoff created a 2016 Reagandoodle calendar, which she sold on Etsy. “Because a lot of people told me they wanted one, and because foster children, like my Little Buddy, are near and dear to my heart, I created and sold Reagandoodle 2016 calendars and donated the proceeds to help foster children,” Swiridoff wrote on her website.
“Last year, I sold about 200 calendars,” she says. “I was able to donate $1,000 to two different charities ($500 each).” This year, the calendar has become even more popular, Swiridoff says. She’s sold almost 1,000 calendars. “I cannot WAIT to donate the proceeds!”
These two are no strangers to fame, and now they’re looking forward to their very own book to capture their incredible relationship.
“Watching Reagan and Little Buddy’s friendship play out in real life, witnessing their special bond, along with my desire to bring smiles to people and awareness to children in foster care, inspired me to make this book,” Swiridoff says.
“I can’t keep all the adorableness to myself,” she says. “Sure, there are lots of photos of the two of them on Instagram, but the book is different. It chronicles their antics from the time they first met, until now — almost two years later. It includes never-before-seen photos and tells their story of true friendship. This book has been a work of love, and a dream come true for me.”
The book doesn’t have a release date yet, but Swiridoff is hoping to start selling it through Etsy in 2017. All of the proceeds from the book will be donated to Foster Parents’ Night Out, a non-profit that organizes monthly nights off for foster parents.
Just keep these adorable photos coming, please. We can’t get enough.
h/t: My Modern Met