This elderly dog may be gone, but her owners are honoring her in the most heartwarming way.
Gretchen the German shepherd always used to look forward to seeing her mailman Fernando Barboza arrive at her door – so when she passed away earlier this month, her owners presented the postal worked with a note and a bag of dog treats.
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.”
Since Barboza’s daughter published the photo at the start of April, it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times.
A self-admitted animal lover, Barboza told The Dodo that he has always carried around a bag of dog treats in his mail truck so he can use them to make friends with the pups on his route.
He then goes on to say that these treats were part of the reason that he became the first person outside of the Cimino family who Gretchen liked.
So as a means of honoring his furry friend, Barboza has been sure to dole out the treats in her honor.
Though Gretchen’s owners say that they had been heartbroken over their dog’s passing, the sudden outpouring of love and support from social media users has helped to ease their sorrows.
“I know that she would have wanted her favorite things that she couldn’t finish to go to her friends,” Cimino told The Dodo. “She may not have liked many people, but she absolutely loved other dogs.”