Kids get puppy after Facebook page goes viral

Posted: 01/19/13 at 6:35 pm EST      Last Updated: 01/19/13 at 6:47 pm EST

MANSFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- It's nothing new for kids to want a puppy, so when these kids in Mansfield asked their dad for one, he thought he had a good plan.

“I thought I was being very clever saying you'd have to get a million likes,” said Ryan Cordell.

Mom took the picture, the sign reading: "if we get a million likes we get a puppy, side note dad doesn't think we can do it."

Once the sight went up, it took less than six hours for the Cordell's to hit that million mark.

So dad came through on his promise. They adopted what they think is a Lab, Shepard mix while on a trip to New York.

They named the puppy Millie, but if you go by her full name, it's Millie Smore Cordell.

The power of social networking propelled this story to a national and then global level. Soldiers in Afghanistan, moms from Lebanon all gave their likes and sent messages.

For the most part, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. But the Cordell's don't want to take risks with their kids' privacy.

“It's a little bit scary, but I have 20 close friends that are moderating the page and they go in there and make sure there are no nasty comments. They are helping answer the thousands of messages we’ve gotten,” said Eviee Cordell.

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

Millie was adopted in New York from the largest no kill animal shelter in the world.

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