Lonely man’s heartwarming letter to his neighbor after caring for his pets melts hearts

After taking care of his neighbor’s pets while their owner was on vacation, a man named Robert sent his neighbor a letter, thanking him for “giving meaning back” to his life.

Robert’s neighbor, who goes by the username u/SnooCupcakes8607, shared the letter on Reddit, where it has so far garnered over 151,000 upvotes, almost 2,900 comments, and whatever kind of award he can possibly give to a missive on the platform.

In it mail the neighbor wrote: “This is the letter my neighbor sent me after I let him take care of my pets while I was on vacation.” Robert’s letter begins with a big thank you to his neighbor for letting him take care of his three pets, Smokey, Oreo, and Jennifer while they were on vacation, and he goes on to explain how his pets changed his life.

“As you know, I’m an old man. You don’t see me out often anymore, as these clubs aren’t as lively as they used to be. To add to that, two years ago in the middle of the pandemic, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in stage four. After his death, I was left alone in my house, I have no wife or children. I could go to sleep one day and never wake up again. Every day is spent just sitting and wondering what I have done for this world.”

He then goes on to explain how his neighbor’s pets gave him the motivation to restart his life again. “Every 10 minutes, whenever I felt sad for a second, they would bark or rub against my leg and make me laugh,” she wrote.

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“The highlight of their stay was when I took them to the park. It was the longest time I’ve spent outside in a long time,” he added, continuing on how these pets also helped him with his social life.

“Not only did I get back to interacting with pets, I also met other people, started talking and made friends with a handful of human beings. I was so happy to finally be able to talk to friends again, interact with others and feel like I’m a part of the human race”.

In the emotional letter, Robert also told his neighbor that after the amazing time he spent taking care of his dogs, he has now adopted two dogs of his own. “Now I regularly go for walks in the park and talk to the friends I made there. Anyway, I’d like to say: thank you very much. You gave my life meaning. And that’s all that matters.”

An October 2020 Harvard University report shows that 36 percent of adult Americans experience “severe loneliness.” About 61 percent of young adults and 51 percent of mothers report feeling the same way.

The same study found that 43 percent of young adults reported an increase in loneliness since the pandemic began. “About half of the lonely young adults in our survey reported that no one in recent weeks had ‘taken more than a few minutes’ to ask how they were doing in a way that made them feel like the person ‘genuinely cared.’ “

Some of the comments were almost as emotional as the letter. One user, treesfen, commented: “You never know when or where you are helping someone by asking for their help.”

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Another user, gruntillidan, shared his own story of kindness: “I’ve been pretty listless lately, haven’t met or talked to anyone in a long time. I have a lot of good friends, but I’ve avoided meeting them.” -oops etc. Just today my friend asked me to pick up his son from his summer cabin. The way back home was a blessing, he is my godson, a bright and resourceful boy. I ended up staying at his house for a while chit- chatting with the friend.”

While most users were touched by the letter, others joked about the funny ending, where Robert asked his name to mow the lawn, with the original poster replying, “man I mowed it this morning. I haven’t trimmed the lawns though.” edges, gotta get to that later,” and another user, Ratdogkent, added: “10 paragraphs followed by ‘haha, but seriously, trim the damn edges, animal.'”

news week has reached out to SnooCupcakes8607 for comment.

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A letter from an elderly man thanking his neighbor for letting him take care of his pet has brought tears to the internet. A file image shows an elderly man playing with a dog.
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