A dog and his fostered friend: New Instagram sensation raising money for children in need
A fluffy dog and his human ‘best friend’ are breaking the Internet’s heart thanks to their adorable images.
Mr Reagan, a two-year-old Australian Labradoodle, lives with Sandi Swiridoff and is best friends with her fostered grandchild.
Their loving friendship is captured in adorable photos posted to nearly 60,000 Instagram followers – often with the buddies wear matching outfits.
To protect the little boy’s privacy, Sandi finds creative ways to show their bond without revealing the tot’s identity.
Sandi and Eric Swiridoff adopted Reagan when he was eight-weeks-old to help her cope when her daughter had to give up her first two foster children.
Sandi, a nurse from Portland in Oregon, USA, said: “Reagan’s sweet little buddy and best friend is my daughter’s foster child – they adore each other.
“When Reagan’s little buddy came along a year ago, he and Reagan bonded immediately, and have been the best of friends ever since as he and Reagan are the same age.
“When I put the baby down for a nap, Reagan stays right outside his door and waits for him to wake up and play.”
When the pup was six months old, Sandi started to upload the adorable pictures to Instagram.
She added: “Reagan loves dressing up, he loves treats, loves the camera and loves people.
“He knows that where there are photo shoots, there are treats and praise.
“It is a bonding experience for us. When he is dressed up, it’s only for a few minutes while I take the photos, then he gets to return to being a ‘normal’ dog again.”
This year the Christmas photos were compiled into a calendar sold on Etsy to raise funds for foster children.
Sandi said: “Reagan is great with kids and other dogs, he hasn’t met another dog or person that he doesn’t like.
“Adopting Reagan was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. He has added so much joy to our lives, and to the lives of many other people.
“The little boy was my inspiration for donating profits from the @Reagandoodle calendar to help foster children.”