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1 Million Facebook likes and kids get puppy

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 19:57:56-05

MANSFIELD, Massachusetts – A family now has a furry, four-legged friend thanks to one photo they posted on the social media network, Facebook.

When the Cordell kids asked their dad for a puppy, he thought he had a clever plan.

“I thought I was being clever by saying, well, you’d have to get a million likes,” Ryan Cordell says.

Mom, took the photo of their children and a sign that read: “If we get a million likes, we get a puppy. Side note, dad doesn’t think we can do it.”

After posting the photo to Facebook it took the Cordell kids less than six hours to hit the million mark, proving their dad wrong.

Later, they adopted a Lab, Shepard mix on their trip to New York. They named their new furry friend Millie.

The power of social networking propelled this story to a national then global level, so much so, it’s prompted a geography lesson.

Soldiers in Afghanistan, moms from Lebanon, have all given their likes and sent messages. For the most part, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. However, the Cordell’s don’t want to take risks with their kids’ privacy.

“It’s a little bit scary. I have about 20 close friends that are moderating the page and they are going in there and making sure there are no nasty comments. They ate helping answer the thousands of messages we’ve gotten,” Cordell says.

The addition to the Cordell family is exciting for all, but dad is making it clear, the pup stops here.