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Man’s About To Return Shelter Dog When He Finds A Letter From The Previous Owner

Man’s About To Return Shelter Dog When He Finds A Letter From The Previous Owner


Today we’re going to tell you a story about
a black lab called Reggie who was in need of a new home. A man had settled into his new town after
moving house – but something was missing in his life. He knew that needed a canine companion to
fill the void, so he headed to his local shelter. There he met a black lab named Reggie who
was looking for a new home, so he took him. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. In fact, they didn’t get on right away. The shelter said that it could take two weeks
for the dog to adjust to his new home, so the man thought he’d wait it out for the
duration. Maybe the dog wasn’t used to his new environment
or maybe they just weren’t bonding. Whatever the reason, it looked like they weren’t
getting along. But when the man started going through Reggie
the black lab’s stuff, he remembered there was a sealed letter that the previous owner
had left him. From this point on, the story will be the
man’s recollection of the event. They told me the big black Lab’s name was
“Reggie” as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean and the people really
friendly. I’d only been in the area for six months,
but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted
to settle into my new life here and I thought a dog couldn’t hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie’s advertisement
on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous
calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn’t
look like “Lab people,” whatever that meant. They must’ve thought I did. But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged
me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys – almost
all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous
owner. See, Reggie and I didn’t really hit it off
when we got home. We struggled for two weeks (which is how long
the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home). “Maybe it was the fact I was trying to adjust,
too. Maybe we were too much alike.” For some reason, his stuff (except for the
tennis balls – he wouldn’t go anywhere without two stuffed in his mouth) got tossed
in with all of my other unpacked boxes. I guess I didn’t really think he’d need
all his old stuff, that I’d get him new things once he settled in. But it became pretty clear pretty soon that
he wasn’t going to. I tried the normal commands the shelter told
me he knew, ones like “sit” and “stay” and “come” and heel”, and he’d follow
them – when he felt like it. He never really seemed to listen when I called
his name – sure, he’d look in my direction after the fourth or fifth time I said it,
but then he’d just go back to doing whatever. When I’d ask again, you could almost see
him sigh and then grudgingly obey. This just wasn’t going to work. He chewed a couple of shoes and some unpacked
boxes. I was a little too stern with him and he resented
it, I could tell. The friction got so bad that I couldn’t
wait for the two weeks to be up. And when it was, I was in full-on search mode
for my cellphone amid all of my unpacked stuff. I remembered leaving it on the stack of boxes
for the guest room, but I also mumbled, rather cynically, that the “darn dog probably hid
it on me.” “Finally, I found it, but before I could
punch up the shelter’s number, I also found his pad and other toys from the shelter.” I tossed the pad in Reggie’s direction and
he sniffed it and wagged, some of the most enthusiasm I’d seen since bringing him home. But then I called, “Hey, Reggie, you like
that? Come here and I’ll give you a treat.” Instead, he sort of glanced in my direction
– maybe “glared” is more accurate – and then gave a discontented sigh and flopped
down. With his back to me. Well, that’s not going to do it either,
I thought. And I punched the shelter phone number. But I hung up when I saw the sealed envelope. I had completely forgotten about that too. “Okay, Reggie,” I said out loud, “let’s
see if your previous owner has any advice.” Would Reggie the black lab be ok? He opened the letter to have a look.


Reader Comments

  1. THIS WAS A VERY SAD & HEART TOUCHING STORY. I SERVED TWO ARMY TOURS IN VIETNAM. MY FOUR ARMY SONS HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD AND TWO SERVED IN BOSNIA, IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN. SEPARATION IS A FACT OF LIFE & MY FAMILY HAS SERVED AMERICA SINCE THE WAR OF 1812. I WISH DOGS COULD TALK AS THEY ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS THAT SEEM WERE CREATED SPECIFICALLY BY GOD AS COMPANIONS FOR HUMANS…..AND WE (SOME HUMANS) STILL MISTREAT THEM.

  2. This is so sad!!!!! I'm glad that He opened the letter and found out the whole story instead of just giving up on Tank.

  3. Some folks will find the story touching or interesting. But for dog owners and dog lovers this is what life is about. Thanks for sharing……

  4. Dang this made me cry! Now I wanna go home to my dogs. I hate war screw that political crap bring our soldiers home! End the stupid ass war! I cant see anymore to type dang tears!

  5. so special this story, at the end i cried like a baby, BLESS BOTH OWNERS, AND SPECIAL BLESS THIS SPECIAL DOG, FOREVER SOMEDAY HE WILL AGAIN WILL MEET HIS FIRST OWNER IN HEAVEN, THEN WHEN THE SECOND OWNER JOINS THEM, TOGETHER THEY WILL BE FOR ETERNITY, AMEN linda parker

  6. Oh my, could hardly finish watching this video. Hugs to Tank from me! Sorry for your loss boy, but glad your new dad will give you all the love you can handle🐶

  7. I hope he finally steps forward and allows her to thank him. It's a strong need to show ypour gratitude at time like these. God bless her good samaratin.

  8. It contains re-enactments of a fictional story. Snopes has already done the research and this story is bogus. Heartwarming but total fiction.

  9. I heard this a while back. Definitely brings tears. There is nothing more painful than to have to say goodbye to a dog you love more than life. I wish his original human could have lived.

  10. Oh God I knew it when he opened that stupid letter. Can’t stop crying for both Tank and the young soldier…god this is just too sad

  11. This is a fictional story…this story has been going viral since 2008. The story is told perhaps to encourage others to adopt and love a SHELTER DOG..It is just told in a very matter of fact way…but, it sure sounds real! I googled this story and that is when I found it to be untrue. Look at truthorfiction.com Or just google this story and you will see what I mean! I thought it was real and went to look for the original owner of Tank…and then I found more to this story!

  12. Make it go viral guys and girls…..his previous Daddy was a soldier who had no family but Tank and who died that we may live free. His new Daddy was alone until he got Tank. 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

  13. I want to cry. I found a stray black lab by a cemetary during the winter. We kept him. We have been wondering about his previous life. Our fear is that we may have to take him to a local shelter if we cannot keep him when we move.

  14. God, please…we need Our Saviour, Your Son, Jesus, to Come back to us to end war, and hate and countries against other countries, causing suffering to Your people, my Brothers and Sisters. Please send Your Son back to us. Jesus, we need you now. Amen.

  15. Heart breaking story. God bless his new daddy and may his previous owner at last rest in peace😢😢😢😢💔💔💔💔🐶

  16. Omg…tears are a flowing. Seriously crying. A beautiful yet such a sad story. I'm sure Sgt Mallory made sure Tanks new owner found that letter.

  17. Awwwww Reggie is such a cutie pie sweetness doggy love him much owner please❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤!!!!!!!!!

  18. I'm a grown ass man and this ship made me cry for the love of animals and for the guy having to give up his kid thank you for your service it will not go unnoticed

  19. Such a wonderful, sweet and sad story. I hope tank will be happy with his new owner. So sad his past owner past way. My he rest in peace and what a wonderful young man. My his past owners mermory live on in all our hearts and minds forever.

  20. It is sad to hear such stories about young men send to criminal wars. The owner of Tank is co-responsible for illegal war, for aggression after which from 220,000,000 Christ Community (grounded by Jesus Chris himself) of Iraq only rd. 200,000 Christs still lives in Iraq. On 9-11 almost all terror suspects were from the Saudi Arabia, the greatest friend of the USA, not from Iraq.

    How stupid one has to be in order to believe that Iraq had sth. to do with 9-11 or was able to attack the USA?

  21. I'm a dog lover! So many people don't like or appreciate their sensitivity. Just wonder… what would life be like without them?! I loved this movie, thanks for making it available! 😅😇🐕💛

  22. Crying. I would take him in split second..contact me if ever you decide diff. I will pay all expenses

  23. Wasn’t looking for a cry but
    a friend lost his dog last weekend under bad circumstances goodbye Lady I told Sheeba to come help you and tell you both your dads miss both you
    See you at the Rainbow 🌈 Bridge

  24. Watching a 2nd time and tears again I don’t mind. I’m a veteran as well and I wish I could give my normal greeting to a Veteran
    Thanx for your service!! Welcome Home!! What service were you in?

    Not looking forward to getting to the
    Rainbow 🌈 Bridge myself BUT I owe a LOT of belly rubs, ear scratches & my arm is gonna be so sore from throwing the ball(s) THANX and Dad misses all of you I may be adding another as I don’t like having single dogs anymore so Q-tip & I may be adding another; a Shelty maybe but I’m looking at GSD’s as one was ALMOST my first (distemper) and I’ve known several Rottweiler’s and like them and there’s a good rescue in Woodland, CA I’m in my mid-60’s now with some health issues and I am worried who could I trust with my furkids if I’m unable to or I pass 😪

  25. Thank you…~~~Dogs are the only animal on land that will fight to the death for the ones they love,
    I know this because I'm and Adorable Pup!

  26. Desde Filipinas. My English doesnt seem enough in conveying my thoughts for Tank and his original human. My tears said everything. Carisimo perro.

  27. I'm so happy for TANK….
    Very glad TANK has a new loving fun owner…

    So sorry Tanks owner was killed….

  28. 62 yrs old man laying here crying like a toddler..
    What a sad, but beautiful story ..
    I was truly hoping for that reunion..
    Love hurts !! I'm grateful to the creator that I'm able to feel this hurt though damn it..

  29. Long long long letter, must have come in a big box. I don't Believe this ridiculous made up story. Playing on sympathy of people, both love for animals and soldiers lost in battle. Shame.

  30. I am an animal lover 🐕 as I watched the video I couldn't help but let the tears fall. For I too had to give up my precious dog Oreo 😢 I'm happy Tank found a forever home 💒 Paul May you RIP 🙏 and thank you for serving our country proudly 🇺🇸

  31. Wow he missed his owner and wasn't being called by his actual name tank no wonder he didn't bound well after reading the letter finally he understood and they started anew, lesson learned if you don't have the time to learn all you can about your pet don't get one until you can commit. I'm happy for tank.

  32. What a wonderfully, sad though story. It was great that Tank's new owner read the letter. Hope they have a great life together. When my Lab died, I cried for months when anyone mentioned her name. For a person who otherwise never cried, tears would fill my eyes when her name was mentioned. Being a single parent with children she was a loving companion to all of us, monitored the children better than a paid sitter and made sure each child was in their beds each night before she would bed down with one of them differently each night. She shared her love with each child and made sure they were all well each night and day. Sometimes I think I can smell her in the air, even though she has been gone for 30 yrs.

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