Like so many of us, Noodle, a 13 year old pug with an adorable drooping frown, loves to sleep and hates getting out of bed.
But unlike most of us, Noodle is TikTok’s newest viral obsession.
Every day, Noodle’s owner, Jonathan Graziano, lifts Noodle out of his bed and sees if the pug can get up. If Noodle stands, it’s a “bone day”. If he falls over, it’s a “no bones day”.
If you need a translation of what it all means, Graziano is here to help.
“If it’s a bone day, you know you will get out of bed early, you will tackle the project that you have been putting off. It’s just, I think, like a little lucky charm, ”he explains.
“A boneless day is a day of self-care and a day to be nice to yourself. You should lie freely in bed. If you have to wear your sweatpants, use whatever bath bomb you have, you know, just take care of yourself, ”says Graziano.
While it may seem silly, Noodle struck a chord with millions of TikTok users, many of whom are now planning their days based on Noodle’s predictions.
Graziano says he never intended Noodle to become the internet fortune teller. TikTokers just took his limp dog and ran with it.
“I had absolutely nothing to do with all of the fortune telling,” he says. “I just wanted to share these silly videos of this dog that I love very much.”
In the age of social media, Noodle is the “new Punxsutawney Phil,” says Graziano. “It has become the people’s horoscope.”
He believes Noodle’s popularity has skyrocketed because people yearn for something positive in a pandemic of darkness.
“I think it all boils down to joy, which is elusive on the internet and a lot of the news is very negative,” he says. “And it’s like a funny, happy thing that I’m so grateful to know that people stuck to it.”
How has the Noodle fame changed? The wrinkled-faced puppy got a lot more attention on his walks, says Graziano.
“I noticed that the more people walk past him and don’t pet him, the more hostile he becomes,” he says. “So I don’t know if fame has changed him – but he has certainly recognized that he is entitled to many more pets from a lot more people.”
And luckily, on that dreary Monday, Noodle gave us what we needed: It’s a bone day!
Click here and here for the TikToks that we featured in this segment.
Kalyani Saxena produced and edited this interview for airing with Tinku Ray. Saxena also adapted it for the web.