After Jack McCrossan and his three roommates moved into a place in Bristol, England, one thing was missing from their life: a dog. They all grew up with pooches, but the rental unit had a no-pet policy.
So when the crew spotted a black pup poking her head out of a window in the neighborhood, they decided to act.
They penned a letter to her owners, Sarah Tolman and Chris Bowley, in hopes of meeting the dog.
“The other day, we noticed a four-legged friend looking at us out the window when we arrived home from work. He or she looked like the good-est boy/girl there is,” it read.
“If you ever need someone to walk him/her, we will gladly do so,” it continued. “If you ever get bored (we know you never will, but we can dream) we are more than happy to look after him/her. If you want to come over and bring him/her to brighten our day, you are more than welcome. If you want to walk past our balcony windows so we can see him/her, please do.”
The response they got back definitely surprised them — a letter with a paw print stamped on it, apparently from the dog, a girl named Stevie.
“Dearest boys,” it started.
“What a treat it was to receive your letter. On the subject of treats, I like them a lot. Big ones and meaty one and cheesy ones … oh sorry … where was I?!” the letter read.
It went on to note that she is over 2 years old, a Labrador/German Shepherd mix (a “Sheprador”) and was rescued from Cyprus.
“I love meeting new people, and it would be great if we can be friends. I must warn you that the price of my friendship is 5 x ball throws a day and belly scratches whenever I demand them,” it read.
The letter ended, “I’d love to hang out whenever you fancy.”
McCrossan told This Dog’s Life they were ecstatic to even get a response.
“We were just happy to get a reply back, and after seeing the paw print on the envelope we knew it was good news!” he says. “Of course we never expected the reply to be as brilliant as it was, which made it even more of a treat to see — the full thing was a great gesture from our neighbours!”
And for Tolman and Bowley the feelings were mutual.
“It was nice to see them reach out at the possibility of borrowing our hound,” Bowley tells us. “We were thrilled to be able to write back on behalf of Stevie!”
Soon after they got to meet Stevie.
“The time with Stevie was great; she was as energetic as described. We got to play around with her for a bit ourselves and then headed along to the park so she could get a good run about and we could throw the ball for her!” McCrossan says.
But the relationship didn’t stop there.
“The boys are coming over after Christmas for a proper meal and catch-up,” Bowley tells us. “They’re going to spend more time with Stevie both playing and walking.”
After McCrosson posted about this interaction, the story went viral on Twitter, receiving more than 500,000 likes at time of publication. (As for Stevie, she now has more friends, with her Instagram account growing to 60,000 followers to date.)
“I believe people really loved the overall positivity of the story — that an interaction between ourselves and our neighbours, who we hadn’t met before, was filled with such mutual friendliness and humour shows that people can still be kind to one another, with a dog mixed in for good measure.” says McCrosson.