Noodle, a 13-year-old pug living in New York City with his human, Jonathan Graziano, is a viral TikTok star with 4.5 million followers as well as 253,000 followers on Instagram under the account name #showmenoodz.
Last week, Graziano hosted a social media giveaway asking followers to nominate their favorite animal organization for a $200 prize. Wisconsin Humane Society was one of the winners, along with The Animal Foundation, Pug Rescue of San Diego County and Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue.
“Wisconsin Humane Society was nominated by his followers and received $200, which we're so grateful for,” says Angela Speed, vice president of communications at the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Noodle and Graziano regularly post videos of the two playing a game called “No Bones.” It’s kind of like a daily version of the annual Groundhog’s Day.
At the beginning of each video, Graziano lovingly lifts Noodle out of his bed and attempts to stand him up on his legs. If the pup remains standing, it's a “Bones Day” which means anyone watching is encouraged to make an effort that day.
"Buy that lottery ticket, file that divorce, quit that job. Do whatever you were planning to do but were too scared to do. You have good luck for the rest of the day," says Graziano in one Bones Day post.
However, if Noodle flops over, then it’s a “No Bones Day” which means all plans should be canceled, work should be ignored and chillaxing tops the to-do list for the day.
“Noodle may just be the best thing that ever happened to TikTok,” says Speed. "It's a 'Bones Day', indeed!"
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