By now all the Christmas gifts have been put away in their respective spots, and the beautifully lit tree that they once rested beneath is most likely gone… However, for some, cleaning up the house and getting it back to normal after the holidays isn’t that simple…

Not for One Life to Live’s Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart) anyway! With the help of co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), this past holiday, Brandon adopted a new eight-week-old black peek-a-poo (Pekinese/Poodle mix) puppy, adorned with little white paws, that he named mittens! Knowing Brandon was on the lookout for a new companion, Kristen and her family arranged for and accompanied him on a visit to a special breeder in Pennsylvania where he had the pick of the litter! In the end, Brandon fell in love with a little female that he absolutely adores!

Every pet owner knows that along with all the ‘cute little faces’ come big messes that require a bit of training. However, in the end, the immeasurable supply of paper towels and puppy pads are all worth it! With the way things are going for Brandon’s character these days, maybe he could convince the show to allow mittens an onscreen appearance as a way to comfort Cole’s grieving heart!

Soaps.com wants to congratulate Brandon on the new love of his life! We know she’ll bring you many years of companionship! And what a lucky dog to have Brandon Buddy watching over and pampering her!