Boy who sneaked into neighbor's garage to hug dog gets pet of his own

Josh Breaux and his family recently acquired Drake, a two-and-a-half-month-old dog that came from a nearby family whose son left for college, WTVD reported.

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Hollie Breaux Mallet was reviewing surveillance footage from a camera she had set up in her garage when she saw a boy run up and hug her dog, Duchess. He ran away after the encounter. Mallet said she saw the boy repeat the act multiple times earlier this summer.

"Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly come and love on my dog or play fetch real quick, but always leaves quick like he doesn't know if he should be here," Mallet wrote on Facebook. "I'd like to tell him he's welcome to stay and play, she loves the attention."

Related: Boy seen on surveillance video cuddling neighbor's dog

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. 

Attn Neighbors! Anyone know who this sweet little boy is?  Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly...

Posted by Hollie Breaux Mallet on Monday, May 30, 2016

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."

Surprised my babies with our new pup! Meet Drake! 𾌧Josh was in shock and literally almost cried. (Was hiding his face in the pillows) Janie kept asking "is it really ours?"

Posted by Ginger Clement Breaux on Friday, September 16, 2016

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