A mailman approaching a house and being chased off or barked at by a dog was the subject of many cartoons and comedy sketches. Still, in reality, delivery workers make friends with many animals they encounter daily.
The UPS Dogs Facebook page celebrates these friendships by featuring numerous stories of drivers who deliver parcels and treats, and toys to these dogs.
One such motivator is Katie Newhouser adores all of the dogs she meets on her daily commute, but one, in particular, has captured her heart.
It was that special bond that would be called on when this lovable pooch found himself homeless.
Katie Newhouser loves dogs; not only does she have three of her own but also loves hanging out with all the dogs on her delivery route.
However, one dog held a special place in her heart: a pit bull called Leo.
“He would always start barking as I pulled into the condo complex……He would always jump into my truck when I stopped,” Katie wrote in a Facebook post.
Katie even made friends with Leo’s owner Tina who told her that her son had found Leo when he was a puppy and he had to be bottle fed.
Katie received some devastating news
“They (Tina and Leo) were very very close and did everything together,” Katie told PEOPLE. “I don’t think that dogs ever forget anyone who they have been that close to.”
But Katie received some heartbreaking news in July 2017 when she discovered that her friend Tina, Leo’s mom, had passed away.
After the shock had passed, she started to worry about what would happen to Leo so she reached out to Tina’s son Cannon and asked if he was going to take Leo in. Cannon told her he couldn’t as was an active duty Marine.
‘He and his brother Moose are inseperable’
Katie decided to adopt Leo herself, despite already having three dogs.
“It was probably confusing for him at first, [but] he has adapted well,” Katie said. “He and his brother Moose are inseparable. Bailey, his sister, has taken a while to come around, [but] they actually play now … once Leo was introduced into the house, the whole vibe changed.”
Katie shared the good news on the UPS Dogs Facebook page and her post received thousands of comments celebrating Leo’s new home.