Lennox Goebel, a boy from Nashville, Tennessee, shared a special bond with his neighbor’s dog, Bogart.
The pair were like a classic boy-loves-dog story: Lennox was always eager to visit Bogart and play with him, hugging his furry body and spending time with a pet he loved like no other.
Bogart lived with his musician owner who had planned to leave Nashville on a year-long tour. The tour meant that Bogart was also going away — not as a tour mascot, but to California, to live with the musician’s mother for the year.
Lennox cried at the news that Bogart would be moving away, even if the move was just temporary.
But the day of Bogart’s move came, and Lennox woke up extra early with his mom, Ellen Goebel, to play with Bogart one more time before he left for the airport.
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Lennox said his tearful goodbye and walked back home, powerless to change the fact that Bogart was moving away.
A year passed, and then Ellen found out that Bogart was coming back home. She decided to surprise Lennox and walked him into the neighbor’s yard to say hello.
“I have known the emotional drama that he had felt while Bogart was away,” Ellen Goebel said, according to WLS. “It was so sad when Bogart’s owner told us she was going on tour, so she had to fly him to California to stay with her mom.”
But now Bogart was back, and the moment that boy and dog laid eyes on one another, they both began to cry.
Bogart let out a yelp and started rolling on his back with excitement, hardly able to contain his joy over recognizing young Lennox, who was now 11 years old.
Lennox broke into tears as he embraced Bogart in a long-overdue hug. At last, these best friends were together again, sharing in a precious bond that Lennox will likely remember for the rest of his life.
Ellen said that her family does have a dog of their own — a Bichon Frise-Shih Tzu mix named “Happy.” While Lennox loves Happy, he has a special connection with Bogart, who he says is his “best friend.”
Lennox was thrilled to be with his furry friend after so many long months apart, especially on such an unexpected occasion.
“I had no idea,” Lennox said. “I just immediately thought, ‘I need to pet him.’ It felt like spring break all over again.”
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