New York based journalist JP Brammer was enjoying his Saturday morning when he heard an odd scuffle outside his apartment door.
“When I took a peek through the eye hole, I saw the two dogs and a cat,” Brammer shared with The Dodo. “The cat is what really threw me off. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, the whole crew rolled up.’”
“I’ve heard these dogs before because they live right above me, but mostly at night,” Brammer added. “I think some part of me did know something weird and interesting was about to happen. It was one of those sideways moments.”
Brammer began to live-tweet photos of his interactions with the unexpected guests.
“There’s a … cat and two dogs knocking on my apartment door?” Brammer wrote on Twitter. “Like inside the building what do I do omg.”
When Brammer obliged opening the door, the two dogs wagged their tails, waiting in the hallway for permission to enter — while the cat strolled right in, making themselves at home on Brammer’s furniture.
It was very clear the animals wanted a play date.
“I always ask for permission before petting people’s animal friends,” Brammer said. “But they were so warm and friendly, I couldn’t help myself of course. I was excited to hang with them while simultaneously hoping the responsible parties would show up soon.”
Thankfully, locating the “lost” pets’ home was easy:
“So the apartment above mine had a wide open door which is where they came from,” Brammer posted on Twitter. “I got the dogs inside (but just heard a glass shattering noise so yikes?).”
And with the dogs safe at home — Brammer still had to solve the issue of getting the uncooperative feline back to their home.
But a few minutes later, a noise outside Brammer’s door captured his attention.
It was then Brammer realized the canines had figured out how to open their apartment door — allowing them to say “Hi” as much as they wanted to — which was a lot at this point.
Brammer decided to play babysitter for the day as he was worried the dogs would escape the building. But that was only the beginning of the challenges for Brammer:
“One of the dogs who went back into his apartment….locked the door behind him somehow,” Brammer posted to Twitter, “so now there’s one dog in the hall, one in the apartment, and one cat in my apartment. I’m gonna take the German Shepherd in mine I guess!??”
Babysitter Brammer felt like the event would never end but thankfully, help eventually arrived.
“OH BLESS some actual dog owners who know what they’re doing showed up I have REINFORCEMENTS,” he posted. “They have leashes and toys and food I’m SAVED.”
Collaborating with his neighbors across the hall, Brammer was finally able to return all three animals to their correct apartment — securing the handle with a string.
“While I was making internet content, they took the dogs out for a walk and then tied up the apartment door to keep the pets inside until the actual owners showed up,” Brammer said.
Tens of thousands of Twitter users were following Brammer’s thread at the end of his tale — but when the mysterious owners did return — the ending was not as captivating as most were hoping for.
“The actual owners seemed very nice,” Brammer said. “When they showed up I was just so relieved and happy that everything had worked out OK that all I really did was knock on their door, tell them how good it was to see them all alright, ask them about their door, and then go downstairs to pass out.”
“Ultimately, I think a boring, shoddily made apartment door was to blame,” Brammer continued. “So it wasn’t as exciting as Twitter wanted it to be maybe, but in the moment it certainly felt like a ride!”
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