Give a boy a puppy, he might feed it for a day. Tell him it’s his responsibility to train that puppy, and he will show you the tricks he’s got up his sleeve. That’s what happened when Daniel and Tasha Ball got their four-year-old son, Lincoln, a dog. And, wow, did this kid show them just how smart he is.
So, here’s a little back story, provided by his dad on Facebook. Lincoln is severely allergic to pollen. Which sucks for anybody, but for a little boy who probably only wants to run around? Even suckier. When his allergy test results came back and showed no allergies to animals, however, the doctor recommended that while he stay indoors during allergy season (soooo, all summer), the doc said half-jokingly to his parents, “Well, you could get a puppy.” You know, because that would make it all better.
No, really, it did make it all better. Because even though the doctor didn’t have ideal news for the four-year-old, all Lincoln got from the exchange between the doctor and his parents was “This means I can get a puppy!!!” So, of course they got him a puppy.
Daniel told Lincoln that it was “his responsibility to learn how to train the dog,” and suggested he look up YouTube tutorials to learn exactly what to do. Then Lincoln took it a few awesome steps further, the way only a kid could.
Daniel told ABC News, “He got the video all lined up and then he called the dog over and started playing it directly to the dog.”
Ah-mazing. You can’t ask for anything better than that. Tasha, like the rest of us, probably died at how precious that moment was and snapped a pic of it in action. But she had no idea Lincoln’s uncle would post it on Facebook and have it blow up all over the Internet. Come on, though. Look at that picture. Obviously it was going to go viral. We’re not sure what’s cuter — Lincoln, who looks so proud of himself (as he should), or that dog, who is studying that iPad with fierce concentration.