Reagan, a 6-year-old Australian Labradoodle, is probably one of the cutest dogs you’ll ever lay eyes on! His owner Sandy adopted him when he was eight weeks old, saying she knew he would change their lives. “That’s what puppies do. But I never imagined the positive impact he’d have on not only me and my family but on people all over the world,” she said.
Currently, Reagan has around 512,000 followers (and counting) on Instagram, and even has his own calendar, books, and website! He’s pretty much a global puppy celebrity, charming the hearts of thousands with his touching story. Sandy became a foster grandparent to an 11-month-old boy when Reagan, ironically, turned 11 months old. She nicknamed the boy ‘Little Buddy,’ and he and Reagan “clicked the moment they met and became the best of friends.”
Sandy often dresses them alike and records them hanging out, posting cute videos of them on Instagram. “Looking at photos of the two of them, you could almost feel the love they share,” she said. The uplifting, heartwarming story of their relationship led to Sandy writing three books about them. A portion of the proceeds from the books supports children in foster care, which makes the story even better!
Sandy says that she and Reagan are a perfect match because she loves photography, and he loves to model! Reagan makes people smile and is truly a light in the world for so many. Wherever he goes, people can’t seem to get enough of him. “He adds a bit of joy to an otherwise stressful day.”
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Reagan in the limelight
From the website, when fans asked if Sandy would ever stop brightening their day with the adorable pics, she said:
“You, my friends, are the ones that brighten MY day. 😘 I love seeing your ‘likes’ on social media and reading your sweet comments. My goal, when I first started my IG, was to post a pic every day for a year. I’m happy to say that I have posted every single day so far, and in August, it was 3 years! I don’t plan on stopping any time soon – I’m having way too much fun.”
What great news, because pictures of Reagan never seem to get old! He seems to love the camera, but Sandy says it’s probably because treats are usually involved. (Dogs will do pretty much anything for some treats, after all). Most of the sessions are short and sweet, and Mom makes sure that the kids and Reagan always have matching outfits on.
Reagan now has a little sister, too. Sandy and her husband adopted a baby girl one year after Little Buddy came into the picture. She came to live with the family when she was just two days old, and everyone was immediately smitten with her. Since they are registered foster parents, they got a call asking, “A baby was just born and needs to go into care. Can you come pick her up?” They didn’t even have second thoughts about it, and she’s been with the family ever since.
A little about the Labradoodle breed
Started in Australia, the A.L. breed was founded by a man who wanted to find a hypoallergenic service dog for his wife. Reagan is mixed with lab, poodle, and a few other breeds, including Cocker Spaniel. Sandy and her husband decided on a labradoodle because they are joyful, sociable, and very clever. They are also easy to train and are very good with children and families.
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Labradoodles have playful, comical energies and love to stay active! They quickly learn unusual or special tasks and are highly intelligent. Non-aggressive and friendly, they make the perfect service or therapy dog. Reagan is a little smaller than the average Labradoodle, weighing in at around 45 pounds.
In case you were wondering, Mom gets most of his clothes from Target, Carters, Old Navy, and Children’s Place. Apparently, kids’ clothes can work just fine with dogs, too! Sometimes Sandy puts pants on him and cuts a slit so his giant fluffy tail can fit.