Mailman Helps To Fulfill The Last Wish Of A Dog He Met On His Route

A postal worker received an emotional letter from the owners of a dog that he used to regularly give treats to when he was delivering mail along his usual route.  Texas mailman Fernando Barboza was out on his usual delivery route on April 1, when he received a note from the Cimino family – the owners of a dog he regularly visited while delivering mail.  The note typed up by the dog’s owners detailed that Gretchen, a German Shepherd, had passed away, and requested for Fernando to give her leftover treats to other dogs.  The note went viral on the internet on Twitter when Fernando’s daughter took to the social media platform to detail the story.  Alongside a photo of the note, she wrote: “My dad is a mailman and he likes to give dogs on his route treats.  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.”

Photo Credit: @amorningsting on Twitter

Fernando said he was left choked up after reading the letter, and he then knocked on the front door of Gretchen’s owners home – the Cimino family – to express his condolences.   He promised the family that he would grant Gretchen’s last wish by giving out her treats to dogs on his postal route.  He said: “I’ve been giving out her treats to the dogs on my route every day. And when I do, I always say, ‘This is from Gretchen.’”  Fernando added that it is a bittersweet feeling giving Gretchen’s treats to other dogs.   “It’s been both happy and sad. I’m sad when I think about her, but I’m happy to see the other dogs’ tails wagging like crazy when they get the treats.  I know that she would have wanted her favourite things that she couldn’t finish to go to her friends. She may not have liked many people, but she absolutely loved other dogs,” he added.

Gretchen’s owner Chris Cimino said Fernando helped Gretchen become more open with people, as she came from a difficult background when she was adopted by the Texas family in 2013.


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Scott Fox
Scott Fox