A video Mallet posted on Facebook garnered more than 4 million views, and among those that saw the footage was the boy's mother, Ginger Clement Breaux.
She said her son, Josh, was the secret snuggler.
"Josh talks about your dog all the time," Breaux wrote in a comment on the video. "Every time we pass he looks to see if she was sitting where he could see her. (I) just didn't know he was doing things like this."
Breaux said that her family had had a dog named Bella since Josh was an infant, but she died last year.
"Things have been busy and Josh is active with after-school activities, so we have not jumped back into taking on the responsibility of starting all over again with a new pup quite yet," Breaux wrote. "It will happen though!"
WTVD reported that Josh Breaux and Drake are "inseparable."