There’s a classic tradition of dogs and mailmen being natural enemies. But let’s be honest: dogs make friends wherever they go. One dog was best buddies with her family’s mail carrier.
Gretchen the German Shepherd lived with her family in Texas.
She loved their mailman, Fernando Barboza who always looked forward to seeing Gretchen on his route. The two of them would play and cuddle. Barboza often brought her treats.
They were such good friends that Gretchen watched for him every day. She couldn’t wait to see him drop off the mail and stay for a romp and a treat.
One day, Barboza delivered the mail but didn’t see Gretchen.
Instead, he found a note from her owners along with a bag of dog treats.
“Gretchen passed away yesterday,” said the note. “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.”
Barboza was heartbroken to have lost his friend.
But he dutifully passed along the treats. He also told his daughter about the note. She shared a picture of the note on Twitter where it gained attention.
“My dad is a mailman and he likes to give the dogs on his route treats,” she said. “Today he told us one of the dogs on his route passed away and his owners gave him this bag of treats with this note.”
Thousands of Twitter users shared in Barboza’s grief.
They shared stories of their own pets and the beauty of animal-human friendships.
Eventually, the viral post made its way back to Gretchen’s owners. Her human dad responded, thanking everyone for their kind words. He was touched by the tribute to Gretchen and the response their letter received.
“My wife and I were told about Gretchen’s letter to Fernando being on Twitter,” he said.
“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 also shared a video of Gretchen standing at the door, watching eagerly for her mailman buddy. The two of them had a beautiful friendship. But it was slow in the making. When the Cimino family adopted Gretchen in 2013, she was a very nervous, skittish dog.
She didn’t trust people — especially people that weren’t in her immediate family.
So, it took her a while for her to warm up to Barboza. He was patient, offering her treats and gentle pets. Eventually, she grew more comfortable around him. And at last, she began to look forward to his daily visits.
Six years later when Gretchen passed away, she and Barboza were best friends. She’ll live on his heart and in the dogs with whom he shares her treats.
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