A doting father and dog-sitter has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people on the internet after sending his daughter very detailed updates on her pup while she was away.
Meghan Specksgoor from Midlothian, Virginia was traveling to New York City over the holidays and needed a sitter for her four-year-old dog, Chance, so she asked her father to take him for a few days.
Her dad was clearly thrilled at the opportunity to get a new pet for the weekend, and made sure to keep Meghan in the loop as to what Chance was doing — by sending her repeated text messages from the dog’s point of view.
Grandpa: Meghan Specksgoor’s father babysat her dog while she was away and sent her text message updates
Gramps: He sent the texts all from the dog’s point of view, prompting Meghan to joke, ‘Someone please get this man a grandchild’
Meghan knew her dad would be a good sitter, and was happy to leave her dog with him for a few days.
‘They usually get along great,’ she told BoredPanda. ‘Chance is allowed to do whatever he wants with my dad, like an actual grandchild, and is given all sorts of treats the whole time he’s with him.’
Yet the texts he sent were something special. Meghan first shared the screengrabs on Twitter on December 24, saying, ‘My dad is babysitting Chance this weekend while I’m in NYC, someone please get this man a grandchild.’
She did not anticipate that her dad’s messages would turn into an internet sensation, but they have quickly gone viral. Her tweet has over 191,000 likes and counting, and has been retweeted 52,000 times.
First, her dad sent her a selfie he took in the car, showing part of his face and the dog in the back seat.
Cute: The texts from the dad have gone viral with over 191,000 likes on Twitter
Attached: Her dad’s texts seem to indicate that he would like to dog-sit again in the future
He managed to get the dog to look into the camera for the shot, making it clear that the accompanying message was straight from Chance’s mind.
‘Grandpa wants to know what kind of take out I can have? We are starving,’ he wrote.
He texted her again later with a photo of the dog sitting on a picnic table in the park, writing, ‘Hi mom, it’s me again. We had a picnic and are going to the nail salon now. Gramps said if I’m good I can have ice cream when I’m done. What kind do I like again?’
‘Hate to keep bothering you mom, but we really need to hang out with gramps more,’ he wrote later .
‘Hey mom, gramps is going to sleep with me tonight, is there anything we need to tell him? Hope you are having as much fun as I am, see you tomorrow and good night, love you sooo much,’ the ‘dog’ wrote in the final text.
While Chance seemed to have had a good time, it was Meghan’s dad who appeared to have gotten the most out of the weekend.
Famous: After the texts went viral, Meghan (pictured) joked that her dad has no idea how famous he got and shared a text from him saying, ‘What does viral mean?’
Thousands of Twitter users have found Meghan’s dad’s updates delightful.
‘Grandpa spoiled him rotten. So sweet,’ wrote one.
‘This made me heart happy. We all need gramps and Chance in our lives,’ said another, while a third tweeted ‘Your dad is the best dad ever.’
Replying to Meghan’s comment about her dad needing grandchildren, one person wrote: ‘He will be the best Grandpa ever! A grand-dog is very good practice for grandchildren and he’s nailing it.’
Her dad later found out that his messages went viral — which he found quite funny, despite not understanding what that entails.
‘Pete just texted me and said we went viral. What does that mean?’ he wrote to Meghan with a bunch of crying laughing emojis.
‘Lmao Gramps doesn’t even know how famous he got in the last few days,’ Meghan quipped.