Juniata boy gets birthday wish granted with dog parade
With COVID-19 changing a lot of plans for people, one Juniata family didn't want it to stop their 4-year-old's birthday party.
Benjamin Alloway is celebrating a big day, his fourth birthday. He has a love for wolves and has wanted to meet one. When his parents couldn't make it happen, they took to Facebook to ask for a favor.
“Since November he's wanted a live wolf petting zoo and with that being dangerous and due to COVID we asked the community if they would come out and walk their dog by to help celebrate his birthday,” Makayla Alloway said.
The post was widely shared and people loved the idea of bringing their dogs to the party. Benjamin watched as the line of dogs came right to him. All shapes and sizes just for his special day. A group got together to give him a little present, given on the back of a husky named Noah.
“He was excited and the dog looked like Noah but it's from a lot of my students as well and we all signed the card,” Dog Trainer Michelle Jones said.
One family came from Harvard with their dog and pet pig. They heard about the party on Facebook and made a day trip out of it to bring some smiles.
“It's been pretty trying times so we figure why not. Our pig makes people smile,” Jerrold Hester said.
Benjamin's parents can't believe the amount of positive response they've gotten.
“It's wonderful. It's great to know with the world kind of being crazy and uncertain right now that so many people are willing to come out and help celebrate Ben's birthday party,” Makayla said.
While most kids don't remember their fourth birthday, Benjamin will have something special to look back on and how his community made his day even better.
“Thanks for everybody coming,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin's parents want to thank everyone who sent cards and presents that couldn't be there on Saturday and they will make sure he remembers the day he turned four-years-old.