Ayrton came into Alan's life about eight years ago. His aunt had told her that a neighbor had golden retriever puppies to put up for adoption and she didn't doubt it for a second. And as fate would have it, when he went to look for him he discovered that he was the last one left. “At that time, my parents were on vacation and I had a few days to teach him everything,” his owner told TN, who added that “luckily, he learned the day before they arrived.”
During the holidays, a tweet went viral on the social network and caught the attention of thousands of people: it was about the gift that “Santa Claus” had brought to a friendly dog. From there, Ayrton became the most beloved dog on social networks and hundreds of people follow his daily routine.
Read also: Community pet: the story of Lila, a dog who lives in an apartment in Villa Crespo and causes a sensation
According to Alan, the pet adapted quickly and was treated like “one more.” Even from the beginning he showed incomparable intelligence and camaraderie. “When he was a puppy, he learned to nap with us. Nowadays, he has such a built-in clock that at 2:00 p.m. he already goes to the coolest room to sleep, and if there are visitors who do not respect that schedule, he suffers from it and lets them know,” he said. .
As fate would have it, when Alan went looking for a dog to adopt, Ayrton was the last one left. (Photo: Instagram/alanchantt)
When Ayrton was 4 years old, his owner went to live in Spain to have the experience of working abroad and, despite the effort he made due to the weight of uprooting his family and his dog, he decided to return to Argentina. “I came back because, as I always say, what's the point of having a full refrigerator if I don't have anyone to share it with?”
The connection between the two is so powerful that one time something inexplicable happened: “Two years ago I was injured unloading a truck at work and a few days after that Ayrton couldn't stand up. I took him to the vet and they diagnosed him with a lumbar injury in the same place I had mine.”
Alan and Ayrton at their home in Santa Fe. (Photo: Instagram/AlanChantt)
A leap from the “pelopincho” to fame
A few months ago, when the family went Christmas shopping, they came across a fishing and camping supply store that had a “pelopincho” on display. Without hesitation, they went in to ask, thinking it would be the ideal gift for Ayrton.
The tweet that brought him to fame. (Photo: X/@alanchantt)
“When they asked us how old the creature was, we told them it was for the dog and they died of tenderness. Even the saleswoman went to talk to the owner and because of the gesture that it was for a “dog”, they gave us a price and everything,” Alan said about the moment that made them famous on the networks.
Once they had the present in their hands, they began to prepare everything for the big surprise: “We spent Christmas at my parents' house, but before we left, I set up the pool in the patio without them seeing it and started to fill it. So when we came back the next day, the first thing he did was wag his tail, get in and lie down on it.”
Ayrton became famous on the networks after receiving a “pelopincho” as a Christmas gift. (Photo: Instagram/alanchantt)
Given the tender reaction, Alan shared a photo of his “furry boy” on X and it quickly went viral, being the cutest news in several media. “At first I was a little anxious because I didn't understand it. Now, I get a lot of comments where people say that they expect news from him because it brightens their day or because it reminds them of his dogs that are no longer here. So seeing him is like bringing them back for a little while. It is something that gives me a lot of tenderness and satisfaction,” expressed the young man in relation to the impact that was generated.
At the same time, he highlighted that this made many locals come up with the idea of selling dog pools. “That made me very happy because, in a context where Christmas sales had been low, Ayrton managed to move that needle a little.”
In response to the request of his followers, Alan began to upload Ayrton's daily life on the networks. (Photo: Instagram/@alanchantt)
His popularity reached such a level that, while Alan was looking for a job, he received a proposal from a person to give him his resume and asked him to meet his best friend. He “He told me that he could take Ayrton to meet him, so he unintentionally gave himself like that. We looked like Will Smith with his son in the movie looking for work to have a better life,” he revealed with a laugh.
Read also: Incredible moment on the San Lorenzo field: a dog interrupted the match against Unión for several minutes
Nowadays, a kind of “fan club” of the most famous dog on the social network has already been generated and every day they wait for its owner to upload a new photo or tell the occasional anecdote. “Ayrton is my driving force and my guide. Without a doubt, my current life, whether because of friends or the house we both live in, would not be the same if it were not for him.”