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.

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100 Responses

  1. Kyle Mathew says:

    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.

  2. Piotr Kraczkowski says:

    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?

  3. ZalthorAndNoggin says:

    Gosh that's a sad story.

  4. Lana JDL says:

    I'm crying ((((((

  5. Loreli Brisko says:

    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! 😅😇🐕💛

  6. Ruth Meador says:

    So many good young people making the ultimate sacrifice for us I pray. this war ends soon

  7. Do it Right now says:

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

  8. Barret Harms says:

    Rule number one all Labs play ball

  9. Barret Harms says:

    Rule number two all Labs have a ball stash

  10. mrjl barrett says:

    Very touching

  11. Veronica Ferraro says:

    Thanks for the cry!!!

  12. Gene Murphy says:

    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

  13. RANDY SPRUNK says:

    Damn dogs! I got five of them. And I'll tell you….. there's always room for one more. Always.

  14. Gene Murphy says:

    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 😪

  15. Aren't I Adorable says:

    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!

  16. Rich Atkinson says:

    Wow, is all I can say .

  17. Esteban Lipa says:

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

  18. Joyce Gandy says:

    Great story and glad he wrote the letter:-)

  19. cwb0051 says:

    Black labs Are the Best dogs, we have had 2 of them, Lovely family dogs, Very Loyal, loving..

  20. Leidy Segovia says:

    Esta historia me iso llorar .😓 yo amo alos cachorros y deseo k donde quiera k este. Sea feliz

  21. Kandis Nielsen says:

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

    So sorry Tanks owner was killed….

  22. Susan Flowers says:

    I remember reading this story. Very Heartwarming!

  23. Carolyn Giles says:

    I cried…

  24. Gail Manchester says:

    😥😥 such a beautiful story. I cried all the way through it. So happy you know he's story.

  25. Chrissy Carter says:

    We all have our quirks! Even the animals! Tennis.balls!

  26. Donna Brown says:

    Tears ran down my cheeks listening to this! I see why people leave animals in their wills! I want Tank!

  27. Tom Stclair says:

    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..

  28. EmeraldCity says:

    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.

  29. Patricia Hayman says:

    Wonderful story.

  30. Susan Foley says:


  31. Carmen Smith says:

    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 🇺🇸

  32. Charlette Jones says:

    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.

  33. LOYAL ROYAL says:

    💖💐… all who have served and to their families. I love you. Thank you.

  34. Christa Kumar says:

    to bad this is such a poor narrator…

  35. Hester Heuermann says:

    Cried. Sooo sweet

  36. Dr K. says:

    about to return a shelter dog… BASTARD

  37. Gerry Chong says:


  38. sarah vela says:


  39. T S says:

    So sad but happy as well.

  40. T S says:

    If this story doesn't move you then your not human!

  41. Wanda Medina says:

    Best video I ever watched. Im an dog lover and this bring tears to my eyes.

  42. Jeannette 00 says:

    What a great story, it so touched my heart.

  43. J Smith says:

    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.

  44. TexasRose50 says:

    My husband gave me a black lab puppy for my birthday. I always told him to never make me choose between him or the dog, because he would be the loser. I had him for 16 years, and had to have him put down. That was almost the worst day of my life. It's my opinion that when deciding to get an animal, you better make it for life. Under NO circumstance would I ever give up my dog. Now we have a golden lab. This is her third and forever home. And she getting older. Not looking forward to the day I lose her. Sorry to rant. But I think animals are our gifts from God. And they should be treasured.

  45. Sylvia Ross says:

    Wow, I'm sitting here squalling. What a sad but inspirational story! I just had to have my 12-year-old Sharpei put down, & this really hit home. Although I'm fiercely against our endless wars, I staunchly support our men & women in the military. Thank you for your service & sacrifice. I'm so glad Tank found a good home. May that young soldier who gave him up rest in peace.

  46. Rene Paez says:

    I'm Crying….

  47. Salma Kadiri says:

    Heartbreaking! I can't helpe but thinking of all those lives brocken by an absurd war!All because that liar Bush said so! And now,another nazi ,Trump wants to go on war with the whole world!

  48. Jazmin Nieves says:

    What a beautiful story.

  49. thomas j brunn says:

    the dog would have been better off in the shelter breathing fresh air then this pigs cigarette smoke all day

  50. Lynn Licastro says:

    Thank you Paul for your service and sacrifice. I put my black Lab down after 13 years of love, passion, joy and his comical actions… balls. My heart is breaking. And his brother, Decker, and I still mourn his passing. I pray each day that we can go on without him. What great memories!!!

  51. Lynn Licastro says:

    One day Carson will be together w his brother Decker…across the Rainbow Bridge. I hope I can go there too!!

  52. Mary Edel Guzman says:

    That has been a year ago. How is Tank doing?

  53. Newellie Knobloch says:

    A beautiful story. Had me in tears. My heart goes out for Tank's loss who gave his life for his country but it looks like he ended up with a loving
    owner. As a veteran l salute you.

  54. 83706Rachel says:

    What kind of person just forgets a sealed letter from the previous owner??

  55. Nancy Hasselquist says:

    i am still crying from this aAMAZING VIDEO- THANK YOU…Paul Mallory…humbly………

  56. William Carter says:

    R I P, Trooper. Tank has gone to a good home. You'll meet him again at the Rainbow Bridge!

  57. Chris Ramey says:

    Wonderful story, made me cry!

  58. Lorraine Velazquez says:

    When I heard he came back with three tennis balls that was it I lost it yep

  59. Thomas Erickson says:

    Sad and tearful story, but someday the former owner Paul Mallory will meet in heaven at a place called the Rainbow Bridge. A wonderful and beautiful place God has prepared for animals to go to after they leave this world. Bless you for telling this heartwarming story.

  60. Sarah Wilson says:

    I have soldiers and veterans in my family and most people don’t even think about those sacrifices when they get up in the morning, that someone’s job is to keep them free. I absolutely lost it as soon as I heard his name… it might be late but thank you to everyone who makes choice to be selfless ❤️❤️❤️

  61. pleiades dragon says:

    Beautifull story , hopefully people will learn how to become good friends with their pets….by just open up and enjoy uncondicianal love…..good luck and bless if you try to make lives beautifull

  62. Tisch Wy says:

    The innocent victim of sioniste propagande aka protocoles of nazimedia.

  63. Dena Gray says:

    I can’t see anymore. I really lost it when Tank cam back with 3 tennis balls in his mouth- I loathe the day my Tucker (red lab) goes to heaven. He can get 6 golf balls in his mouth. Same amount I lose every time I do 18 holes… but, there’s still a box of 50 or so by the door. Where do we get all these balls? Well, we go look for them together, of course. ( I honestly think I’ve found my own sometimes… He reacts differently to those).

    Beautiful story. Thank you for your sacrifice, sir. I am sure you cared about Tank more than your own life. That’s what dogs do to you.

  64. Misty Lara says:

    crying my eyes out. eyes 2 puddles on keyboard.

  65. Jessica Strazza says:

    Bittersweet <3 🙁

  66. ScottSlooper says:

    To everyone who has Served, Thank You for your Service, and Thank You to your family, who sacrifices a lot too. I know this specific story is not true, but the sentiment is correct and unfortunately versions of this are repeated too many times.

  67. ANAMIKA K says:

    Just like my bruno beta ummah

  68. TorkGirl8 says:

    I'm not crying, no, I'm not. Nope, no tears….. 😢😢😢😭😭😭 Damn.

  69. Sheila Donovan says:

    This story is totally made up.

  70. Sheila Donovan says:

    Take a look at the website  Search for "a dog named Tank." Snopes is a great source as to whether things are true or not. They  investigate these stories and came up with the conclusion that this is a made up story.  They couldn't find any records of Paul Mallory and they really dug into it.   Read all the way to the en for further information as to why they came to that conclusion.

  71. Patricia Kelly says:

    Aw what a sad story. So glad you and his dog are together. God bless the young man who gave his life to help us to be free. R. I. P. I feel so humble listening to this story. X

  72. Jo Atanciano says:

    Couldn't help but cry. 😢 Such a heartwarming story between Paul and Tank. Salute and respect to you Paul. May you rest in peace. Hugs and kisses to Tank. 😊💞💟 Love you sweetie!

  73. Kathy Arnold says:

    beautifully sad………but GREAT TANK is well taken care of……THIS IS MY only dying wish….my girls stay together and are loved.and well taken care of…i bequeath all I own to their welfare.

  74. liz81251 says:

    Sorry. Great story, but fiction.And I've had three dogs and loved them very much.

  75. Sharon Massetti says:

    Now I’m crying. Beautiful story

  76. BFarmer1980 says:

    I've seen this floating around for quite a while now, and it still gets to me every time.

  77. John says:

    What a beautiful story.

  78. Rajshree Jain says:

    This story made me cry. I m still sobbing while writing. Thank God he is in good hands.

  79. Katarina Tibai says:

    Heartbreaking 😭😭😭

  80. Pamela Ashall says:

    Very sad but a lovely outcome at the end for TANK. xx🐕

  81. Cupcakes and Sunshine says:


  82. George Upham says:

    Dang just got the sun in my eyes, just watering.

  83. jabneel7 says:

    Oh !!! What a bitter sweet awesome story. I just used a whole box of Kleenex, crying so much. So glad Tank found another great home. 🙏👍

  84. MG W says:

    Who doesn’t open the letter right away? BS!

  85. sandyk067 says:

    You've done your duty sir, now rest in peace and wait for your beloved Tank.

  86. alisa debona says:

    I lost it. This story is so beautiful. Wow.

  87. MingniM says:

    If it was me i would have opene the letter straight away it would have Been a PRIORITY

  88. jaxsterspaku says:

    Totally lost it! 😢😭😭

  89. Glen Sadlock says:

    This story again!
    This has been going around since 2008!

  90. Yellow RoseOfTexas says:

    Thank you for your service to a loved animal of one of Americas finest who gave his life for the freedom of others. May you be richly blessed by Hank. He too gave up something precious, his original owner & companion. People protest in the streets for ideologies that mean absolutely nothing. I hope each of them find their way to this video. Maybe, just maybe, this may tough some of them. Our veterans give up everything for each of our freedom. Let nothing take that which this man fought for…our freedom. Freedom of speech…freedom to Bear Arms…freedom to Thrive. Thank you for sharing Hanks journey. 😊

  91. Jodie Lane says:

    absolutely sobbing wat a beautiful story that was

  92. Frances Breen says:

    Don’t believe this for one minute. Who adopts a dog and doesn’t read the letter in his file? Total BS.

  93. Frances Breen says:

    Also, no owner would ever purposely give the wrong name for his dog. Again, total BS.

  94. KuKy Lope says:


  95. Michele Sanford says:

    Sobbing 😭 here!!! ♥️♥️♥️

  96. William Duckworth says:


  97. Akedia says:

    I had to give away my dogs, who were also family for me, I am still criyng over them but hopping they are doung fine. It was the hardest thing to do in my entire life.

  98. Alina-Sari Music says:

    I came hear after reading the story on sc! 😭😭😭

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