Late last month, Hollie Breaux Mallet was looking over security camera footage at home when she noticed a young boy sneaking into her garage. Even though he was trespassing, he wasn’t there to steal or rifle through his neighbor’s belongings – he simply wanted to give Mallet’s dog, Duchess, a big hug.
In the video, the boy can be seen riding his bike past the house before jumping off, running into the garage to hug and cuddle Duchess, and then running back out and heading home. Touched by this sweet gesture, Mallet decided to try to track the boy down, to tell him he didn’t have to sneak in.
She posted the footage to Facebook, with the caption: “Attn Neighbors! Anyone know who this sweet little boy is? Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly come and love on my dog or play fetch real quick, but always leaves quick like he doesn’t know if he should be here! I’d like to tell him he’s welcome to stay and play, she loves the attention!”
Within 24 hours, the boy’s mother, Ginger Clement Breaux, got in touch: “Ok so…Yes, this is Josh. And I’m torn with my heart melting that he adores dogs so much AND with feeling upset that his little booty shouldn’t be going on someone’s property without permission or without me knowing.” She added that the 9-year-old talks about Duchess “all the time”, so Mallet invited Josh to continue to come and play.
Breaux also posted two selfies her son had snapped with his new friend, and added that their own dog, Bella, had died last year. She said: “We had our dog Bella since Josh was 2, but she passed away last year. Things have been busy and Josh is active with after school activities so we have not jumped back into taking on the responsibility of starting all over again with a new pup quite yet. It will happen though!”