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Leo is a six-year-old boy, and all his life, he’s known Mellow as his best friend. So when Mellow passed away last year, Leo’s heart was broken. Fortunately, his parents found a puppy that looked strikingly like Mellow, and they wanted to surprise Leo with it.
Chris and Katie Downs adopted Mellow when he was just a tiny puppy. The three of them made up the Downs family until Katie became pregnant with Leo.
Mellow is a gentle dog, but he was fiercely protective of his pregnant mom. When Leo was born, Mellow took on the roles of a brother, best friend, protector, and in so many instances, the little boy’s pillow.
Mellow and Leo were always together. When Leo was old enough to sleep on a bunk bed, Mellow decided to occupy the bottom bunk. Whatever silly or naughty thing they get into, they knew they always had each other’s back. So, it was devastating for the little boy to know that Mellow has crossed the rainbow bridge.
Meeting Nutty Buddy
The Downs family grieved Mellow’s death. The couple decided not to take in another dog yet as they sort through their grief. But Leo was not sold with this idea. He begged his parents every day about getting a new dog.
One day, Katie was looking through the photos of adoptable dogs at Stray Rescue of St. Louis when she stumbled upon a nine-week-old puppy named Nutty, Buddy. The dog looked like Mellow so much as a puppy. The couple decided to apply for adoption for Nutty Buddy, but they kept it secret from Leo for the meantime.
When the couple learned that Nutty Buddy’s adoption had been granted to them, they thought it’s time that Leo meets his new best friend. So, the threesome went to the shelter under the pretense of dropping some donations to the shelter animals.
Leo stood in the hallway as his parents finished up whatever they were doing, and then a shelter staff approached him with Nutty Buddy in her arms. At first, Leo was confused. And then it dawned to him that the puppy was his, and he burst into happy tears. He could not believe he’s going home with the puppy that looked like his old best friend.
Leo is already in love with Nutty Buddy. The pup is also lucky to have a brother in Leo. Watch their tear-jerking first meeting in the video below.
This family came in with donations after their family dog passed away. What they didn't tell their son was they also adopted a puppy and surprised him. Grab the kleenex! ❤️🥰😭
Posted by Stray Rescue of St. Louis on Sunday, 3 February 2019
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