John Travolta didn’t let Thanksgiving prep get in the way of publicly wishing his youngest child, Benjamin, a very happy twelfth birthday! The actor took to Instagram Wednesday to share a picture of his son, with their adorable rescue dog, Peanut, to wish Ben a very special day.
“Happy birthday my Ben! From your Dad, Ella and Peanut!! We love you so much!!” the actor posted on Instagram.
Ben’s big sister, twenty-two-year-old Ella, put together a tribute of her own. Posting a similar image of Ben cuddling the little pup, Ella wrote, “Happy Birthday to the sweetest boy I know❤️🎉🐶 I love you!!!”
Being that the day after Ben’s special day was a national holiday, John also later took to social media to share what he’s thankful for. “Okay, so I am thankful today for my children and for you and for our new dog Peanut,” he said in a video, with a cameo from (a very boisterous!) Peanut. “Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.”
Ben, John, and Ella are all clearly devoted to the pup, who joined the Travolta clan earlier this year. John adopted Peanut after first crossing paths with the dog at the Academy Awards, of all places!
John’s friend Jamie Lee Curtis featured Peanut — then known as ‘Mac ‘n Cheese’ — in an Oscars segment memorializing Betty White, who was an advocate for animal adoption. The move was designed to bring attention to the plight of animals in need of loving homes. Jamie’s plan may have worked out better than she intended — at least for Peanut! John fell in love on the spot, and arranged to bring Peanut home to his two children.
Peanut is, according to John, officially Ben’s dog. Earlier this year, John posted a video of Peanut waking him up with a few facial licks. In that post, John revealed that the pup really belongs to the 12-year-old.
In addition to playing with his dog, Ben is developing a big hobby of his own. On his own Instagram page, Ben shares photos and videos of himself doing impressive feats of flying, jumping, and more.
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