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.
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.’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.
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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