This is Clara Foster, a Houston teenager more passionate than most about dogs. She spends her free time volunteering at K-9 Angels Rescue, taking care of the dogs' welfare. After the sad passing of her Springer Spaniel, Fuchsia, in March, Clara was desperate to rehome a puppy to take her beloved dog's place. Enter Olly, the runt of a litter recently born to Clara's cousin's dog; it's safe to say that Clara was instantly smitten, but one obstacle stood in the teen's way – her Dad. Not to worry, though, as Clara had a plan...
An avid Twitter user, and being familiar with numerous similar social media campaigns, Clara instantly struck a deal with her father; if she could amass 100,000 retweets, gorgeous little Olly could be hers. The plan was hatched, the Tweet was composed, and Clara sat back and waited to see what would happen – she, and her obviously Twitter-shy Dad, could never have imagined the media frenzy that was about to follow. While dozens of her own followers, and their followers, dutifully retweeted, numerous media outlets, including the Huffington Post, came to hear of the story, and soon those numbers started leaping up.
"My Dad thought the whole thing was a joke at first, and didn't start taking it seriously until about 60,000 retweets. At that point he realized he'd made a huge mistake!" Clara chuckled.
Thanks to the wonderful people of Twitter, Clara got her 100,000 retweets, although we've been unable to verify exactly how many. Olly has since moved from his home in Oklahoma to Houston to be with Clara and her family – and the pictures of him settling in couldn't be cuter.