Little boy spends so much time with pet dogs he thinks he’s one of the pack

A little boy has spent so much time with his family dogs that he ‘thinks he’s part of the pack.’

Three-year-old Alec Cook, from North Yorkshire, loves his pets so much he copies their daily routine, from barking at vehicles to scratching his head with his foot. Being an only child, Alec is more familiar with canine company than that of other children. He lives with seven dogs in total – including three 16-week-old puppies. Hilarious photos of the youngster show him drinking from a water-filled trough with his four-legged friends – an activity his mum Sarah Louise Cook says is pretty ‘normal’ for him.
Alec drinking from a water trough with the dogs
Having a drink with his pets (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
Sarah has, however, had to put a stop to Alec’s habit of eating dog food, but supports his drinking spot as she thinks it will boost his immune system.

She said: ‘Every morning he gets up and he says “I’m going to go and see my puppies” so he’s really part of the pack and they adore him as much and he adores them.

‘He’s an only-child but he’s definitely not missing out by not having a brother or sister and the dogs are like babysitters almost, because you know he’ll be with them.

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‘Someone could come onto the farm and ask where he is and I’ll just be like, “oh he’s over there drinking from the trough”, and some people can’t understand it.’

PIC FROM Kennedy News (PICTURED: ALEC COOK, 3, FALLS SLEEP WITH THE 'PACK' OF DOGS) This tot spends so much time with the family dogs that he 'thinks he's part of the pack' - barking at vehicles and drinking from a farm trough with them. Only child Alec Cook, three, was snapped joining three of his family's 12 dogs for the dubious 'refreshments' in the summer heat in Harwood Dale, North Yorkshire, on August 6. Hilarious photos show the toddler bending over to bury his face in the water-filled trough just like his canine pals, which mum Sarah-Louise Cook, 34, says is 'normal' for him. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
Alec relaxing with his brothers (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)
A video posted on Facebook shows the little one with his ‘pack’ running after his dad Roger Cook, as he returns in the farm truck. Alec can be seen trying to mimic the dogs’ barking with his own screech. But it seems it’s not just the dogs that have rubbed off on Alec – he has also introduced the pets to human behaviours. The family’s hound called Royal can often be found playing with Alec in the sandpit, while terrier Summer sits on the trampoline with him.
PIC FROM Kennedy News (PICTURED: ALEC COOK, 3, FALLS SLEEP WITH THE 'PACK' OF DOGS) This tot spends so much time with the family dogs that he 'thinks he's part of the pack' - barking at vehicles and drinking from a farm trough with them. Only child Alec Cook, three, was snapped joining three of his family's 12 dogs for the dubious 'refreshments' in the summer heat in Harwood Dale, North Yorkshire, on August 6. Hilarious photos show the toddler bending over to bury his face in the water-filled trough just like his canine pals, which mum Sarah-Louise Cook, 34, says is 'normal' for him. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
Chill time (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

Sarah adds that Alec much prefers the company of dogs to human children.

She said: ‘Younger children just seem to annoy him a bit, so he prefers older children or animals because he’s used to spending time with adults and animals here.

‘He hasn’t been off the farm much [during lockdown], but he’s got so much to do here and such a good bond with the dogs that he hasn’t needed to.

‘He’s always out on the farm, working and playing, so he’s a proper farm boy. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’ll take the business on.’

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