A walker grieving the loss of their 17-year-old dog has developed a heartwarming bond with a friendly golden retriever through a series of pats over the fence.
The “special” pooch has come to allow the stranger to pat her on the head and rub around her face, according to a letter they slipped into the letterbox of her owner in Canberra.
“Dear golden retriever parents, your friendly puppy has been allowing me to say ‘hi’ to her every time I walk by,” the letter shared to Facebook on Thursday read.
“She brightens up my day and over time, she has allowed me to pat her head and even give her little rubs around her face.”
The author went on to explain how their friendship was all the more special due to recently losing their own four-legged companion.
“She has been my one real source of comfort since my most beloved puppy passed in April this year. He was 17 and I have been his mummy since he was three months old.
“My heart feels a little less sorrow when your puppy lets me pat her. She has offered me comfort in a way that no human has, and for that I am very grateful.”
The stranger said they wanted to make sure the golden retriever’s owners knew just how special she was.
“But you already know how special she is. Thank you,” they wrote, signing off with Wednesday’s date.
The letter’s recipient shared an image of it to the social media site in the hope of getting in touch with the stranger.
“This beautiful but sad note was left in our mailbox. If you were the kind soul or know who was the author, feel free to private message me or pop your contact details in the mailbox,” their post read.
“We can organise for you to visit our Missy without a fence in between you. Thank you.”
The heartwarming gestures from both sides of the fence seemed to resonate with many others online.
“Oh what a kind considerate soul to share the joy your puppy brings them. This truly touched me hope they contact you,” one person wrote in a comment.
“That's so beautiful – I hope you get to meet this lovely person and become great friends,” another said.
Others suggested alternative ways the dog owner could get in touch, like attaching contact details either on Missy or on the fence for the stranger to find.
“What a beautiful note. I hope you find the author. And pass on to her all our love,” someone else wrote.
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