They say that dogs are man’s best friend, but they often seem to have a special fondness for children, and children obviously love them right back. In the video below, a 14 year-old boy got the surprise of his life for his birthday party when 100 pugs showed up as guests to help him celebrate.
Andrew Vaughan has autism, and he has never had a birthday party before, due in part to fears that nobody would show up. Fortunately, this year his older sister McKenna Little had a plan to to make her younger brother’s birthday party into an event to remember.
According to ABC News, Andrew loves pugs. “I love their smushed faces and the way they snort,” he said. Little turned to social media to use her brother’s fondness for pugs as part of her overall plan. In a post, she asked everyone she knew who had a pug to come to the party. For the first three days, she did not receive a positive response. However, a local pug rescue group found her post online and shared it.
Gwenn Vallone of Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles, the charity who noticed the invitation, eventually said was, “All I did was share the invitation on our Facebook page and asked that any of our followers with pugs show up to the park. It all happened organically, really.” According to Little, what she did, however, was certainly more than enough. “We got dozens of RSVPs in just a few hours [of the post being shared],” Little added. In the end, a whopping 100 pugs got to say hello to Andrew for his birthday.
If you ask Andrew the party was an unquestionable success, “The pugs were jumping all over me,” he explained. “I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.”
Their mother, Peggy, was especially proud of her daughter, saying, “Siblings of kids with special needs have to give up a lot. We used to have money to take trips. Now neither of us even own a car because his therapies are so expensive.” She also added that she would love to adopt a pug for Andrew, but cannot afford the medical expenses to take care of the dog.
The turnout for the birthday party was so intense that McKenna was inspired to create a nonprofit that will help throw birthday parties for special needs children, and she has even started a GoFundMe page to get it off the ground. Andrew likewise also wants to start a business selling logos, with his first being a beloved pug!