Jonathan Graziano and Noodle the Pug. Image from Noodle's Instagram account.

Bones or no bones?

No, it's not a Halloween thing. It's a forecast of the day's vibe, as predicted by a 13-year-old pug named Noodle and endorsed by his growing legion of TikTok devotees. Noodle and his owner, New York City-based Jonathan Graziano, have won over the internet with their near-daily videos of a game called "no bones." They're are mostly posted to TikTok, but also shared on Noodle's Instagram account. 

What is a Bones or No Bones Day? Jonathan explains.

“Bones days” are good days it’s a day to get out and treat yourself. But that doesn’t necessarily mean “no bones” days are bad. Obviously, a bones day is a day to celebrate.

No bones days? I don’t think they’re bad days. I think they are days where you just need to be very kind to yourself, sensitive of others, wear your sweatpants, take a bubble bath, self-care. That kind of thing. That’s certainly how Noodle handles his no bones days.”

Anyone who understands the concept of being a spoonie totally gets Bones or No Bones days.

What is a spoonie?

Have you heard someone with a chronic illness mention the word “spoonie”? This actually refers to an incredibly important metaphor that allows chronic patients to describe their illness and the challenges they face to another person. It can refer to any individual who suffer from a chronic illness.

The term “spoonie” originated from The Spoon Theory, a blog post written by Christine Miserandino. Essentially, the Spoon Theory illustrates the challenges that someone living with a chronic illness faces every day.

Each day, spoonies have a limited amount of energy and ability. This energy is represented by a handful of spoons. Activities of daily living take away “spoons.” 

This makes it harder for chronic patients to keep up with daily tasks and responsibilities.

With the spoon theory in mind, Noodle and Jonathan's daily forecast is the perfect pairing. Some days chronic patients run out of spoons and this can affect them in the day’s to come.

Knowing that Noodle had a Bones Day, felt great, had a long walk and then the next day is a No Bones Day, or even the next three days are No Bones Day as he recovers, is comforting. I

t’s ok to have a No Bones Day. It’s ok to use all your spoons and have a No Bones Day the next day. Rest, take care of yourself and as Jonathan say’s “it’s a self care day. You deserve it.” 

The majority of our customers are spoonies and we hope that our cooling vest helps them use less spoons and have more Bones Days. Thank you Noodle and Jonathan for bringing a smile to our faces. Noodle is ThermApparel's spirit animal.


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