Good News for the Phantom Hugger

Before we get to the story, a shout-out to Patricia for her support, thanks much! Now, you may recall the story of the Phantom Hugger, a young boy in Louisiana who snuck into a neighbor’s garage to hug their pet labrador Duchess.

Turns out the boy was missing his own dog who had passed away, and his mother was reluctant to get a new one. But the worldwide attention wore down her resistance, and now the boy has a new companion, a puppy named Drake.

And he can still visit Duchess whenever he wants.

Found on Life With Dogs by Elizabeth G.

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19 thoughts on “Good News for the Phantom Hugger

  1. Flowerfanatic September 25, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    So glad to hear he now has another pupper to love. If anyone deserved this, it was this young man. He’s got enough love for BOTH doggies!!

  2. amyliz September 25, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Onions! Who’s cutting the damn onions? Oh, who am I kidding… I unashamedly tear up over stories like this! (Good tears!). 😂

    • Doug September 26, 2016 / 7:45 am

      Onion Cutting Ninja Strike Again !!

  3. Phred's Mom September 25, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Everyone wins! Even Mom, if the Phantom Hugger helps with cleanup, etc.

  4. Murray C. September 25, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Storybook ending – I’m happy for everyone.

  5. Gigi the cat lady September 25, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I’m so glad he got a new puppy, I can’t imagine life without pets. There was always a dog or cat or both in the house when I was growing up. Since I left home I only had cats because I didn’t want to leave a dog alone all day while I was working but since I’m going to retire soon a dog is a real possibility down the road.

    • Faye September 25, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Yay! Great plan.

    • 6rabbits September 25, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      I can’t imagine life without a pet, either! The closest I got was in college, when I only got to see my gerbils on break. Tried 2 different years to sneak them into the dorm!

      • DC Cindy September 26, 2016 / 7:58 am

        I did manage to sneak Samson (my gerbil) into my dorm room in my last semester. Not an easy task since I attended a Military Academy. I had to get creative in hiding him from sneak inspections. All went well, except for the time my friends fitted him with his own parachute. Don’t worry I saved him from their clutches.

        • Laura September 26, 2016 / 4:23 pm

          We need pictures, Cindy! Samson with his own parachute? I bet it was insanely adorable!

        • Gigi the cat lady September 26, 2016 / 7:04 pm

          Yes I would love to see photos of Paratrooper Samson 😉

  6. JenDeyan September 25, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    This sort of story does my heart good. If only all property trespasses were like this. Serial huggers on the loose.

  7. Faye September 25, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I hope the two doggies get to meet up as well.

      • Faye September 25, 2016 / 10:03 pm

        And the college kid will get to visit on the holidays. Sweet set up all around. Win. Win. Win.

  8. allein 🐾 September 25, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I love this story. I saw it on the news earlier in the week. I love that the 6:30 ABC news usually ends with a feel-good story of some sort, because I often get home just in time for Jeopardy so I often catch only the last few minutes of the news broadcast. I like it when it’s a happy thing.

  9. AB September 26, 2016 / 12:07 am

    I love how the dog’s tail is a blur! Such a happy pup.

  10. Doug September 26, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Pup: HELP MOM .. He’s Hugging Me Again !!!
    Tell him to rub my tummy instead please !! .. maybe a scratch behind the ear ..

    Oh heck .. *Lays a wet, sloppy lick on the boys face*

  11. murkle46 September 26, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Way to use the internet to lean on mom kid!Have you considered a career in politics?Or debt collection?You didnt pay your credit card bill and it makes this puppy sad 🙁

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