By Raisa Bruner
June 9, 2016

When Hollie Mallet of Louisiana was looking through security camera footage taken of her garage, she probably didn’t expect to find any evidence of intruders on her property.

But Mallet was in for a surprise: a little boy can be seen riding his bike up to her garage and sprinting inside the open door. At the same time, her black lab, Dutchess, walks into the frame. The boy and dog share a moment — the lab’s tail wagging merrily — before the boy runs away and hops on his bike in a rush.

Mallet posted the surveillance video to Facebook, seeking to figure out just who the benevolent trespasser might be. “Attn Facebook! Anyone know who this sweet little boy is? Every now and the when he rides his bike he will quickly come and love on my dog,” the post reads. “I’d like to tell him he’s welcome to stay and play, she loves the attention!” The video now has over 2.5 million views. And the identity of the boy was quickly found out.

The culprit turned out to be 9-year-old Josh Breaux, a neighbor whose own family pet passed away last year, his mother told ABC News.

“He’s the sweetest little boy,” Mallet said when she finally met Breaux. “It’s a win-win. They both get a friend.”

 

Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com.

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