Twitter user @amorningsting took to Twitter to share a heartfelt, yet sad experience that her father Fernando, a mailman, has recently gone through.
While dogs are known to bark and chase after mailmen, we wouldn’t be surprised if all of the dogs on this mailman’s route looked forward to his arrival.
According to his daughter, Fernando would carry around a bag of milk bones to hand out to the dogs on his route. By this gesture alone, you can tell how kind-hearted Fernando!
This past Monday, his daughter posted a screenshot of the text her dad had sent her, which has since gotten more than 185k retweets and 869k likes. It read: “Awwww just found out one of my buddies passed away yesterday… Gretchen was a huge German shepherd but she was a teddy bear.”
Fernando attached a picture of a note that Gretchen’s family had given him when he stopped at their house during his route, along with a bag of milk bones. The note read: “Gretchen passed away yesterday. She asked me to ask you if you would share her treats that she never got to finish with the other dogs on your route. She always enjoyed seeing you come to the door and was always happy to get a snack from you. Thank you, The Cimino Family.”
To make the story even better, Gretchen’s owner saw @amorningsting’s tweet and replied: “My wife and I were told about Gretchen’s letter to Fernando being on Twitter. I can’t begin to tell y’all how much it has meant to us seeing how much love and support y’all have shown our girl. She was the absolute best.”
He and his wife adopted Gretchen from a shelter when she was two years old. He hopes that this story of Gretchen will get people to see that adopting older shelter dog can result in a “once in a lifetime friendship.”
He also included a video of Gretchen waiting at the door for Fernando, which you can watch below: