No one knows that better than Humanities Center resident fellow Ryan Cordell. When his daughters, Cadence, age 12, and Emerson, age 9, asked their parents for a puppy last year, Cordell and his wife (who have three other children) were reluctant.
But Cadence and Emerson knew their audience well, and promptly proposed a deal. They’d take their plea to Facebook, and if the post got a million likes, a puppy would be theirs. Cordell agreed, saying, “You’ll never get a million likes.”
How wrong he was. The Facebook page went up on Jan. 15 with a photo and the title “Two Girls and a Puppy,” and by midnight it had well over a million likes, earning the sisters an appearance on Good Morning America.
And, of course, the puppy—a rescued shepherd-Lab mix they named Millie (a nod to the million likes it took to earn her).