8-year-old really wants a puppy, how she manages to convince her dad—she left him with no choice

March 27, 2018 12:26 pm Last Updated: March 27, 2018 12:26 pm

Kids can be smarter than they look. As many parents can attest, kids have a knack for finding their weak spots, and using them to get what they want.

Recently one young girl launched a masterful plan to get her dad’s attention—and it was so impressive that she’s going viral.

Brendan Greeley is an economic journalist, so naturally he checks the Financial Times every morning. When the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, he would certainly be reading the paper first thing.

But his 8-year-old daughter was two steps ahead of him, knowing his every move.

So when he picked up the paper, he saw an unexpected headline:


“CAN I PLEASE GET A PUPPY?” his daughter wrote at the top of the paper. “A real one!”

The third grader had apparently been campaigning for a new dog, but this latest move was enough to impress an economist.

“Having studied my habits and preferences, my daughter hacked my attention this morning for her political agenda,” Greeley joked on Twitter, referencing the Cambridge Analytica scandal (the real headline).

But if Greeley wasn’t planning on giving in to his daughter’s demands, the internet quickly worked to change his mind.

His post went viral with over 37,000 retweets—and #TeamPuppy was born.

Twitter users rallied behind the third grader in her quest for her puppy, and pushed Greeley to get her one.

After all, how can you say no when J.K. Rowling has her back?

Soon, Greeley relented—but he had some conditions.

“Ok.  You win. We will get the damn puppy,” he wrote in a message to the Twitter movement. “But #teampuppy, I’m going to make you a deal.”


The deal: he would get his daughter the puppy, but asked the many people who have gotten involved with the puppy saga to donate to SPCA of Anne Arundel County, his daughter’s favorite shelter where she’s even donated her own money and signed up to volunteer.

It was an inspiring conclusion to the viral story, and no one was more thrilled than the 8-year-old who started it all.


Greeley was reluctant to make the new addition to their home—he and his wife have four children, plus a 10-year-old lab—but in a way, she earned it:

“She really did do behavior analysis,” Greeley told TODAY. “She watched my habits on how I would sit down in the morning and read the newspaper. And she figured out how to get my attention.”

They named the new pup “J.K. Growling” after one of their high-profile fans.

And Greeley, still encouraging people to donate to the shelter, has been rewarding them with pics.

…even though it’s not exactly what he wants to be known for: