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The Heart-Wrenching Note Left For A Postman

Every day a mailman in the U.S packs treats to hand out to dog owners on his delivery route -- on Tuesday, he received heartbreaking news.

His buddy Gretchen the "teddy bear", a huge German Shepherd he often sees on his postal run, had passed away.

Gretchen's owner was waiting for the mailman when he arrived, handing him a big bag of treats with a beautiful note inside.

"Gretchen passed away yesterday," it said. " She asked me to ask you if you would share her treats that she never got to finish with the other dogs on your route. She always enjoyed seeing you come to the door and was always happy to get a snack from you".

The postman, who hasn't been named, sent a photo of the gift and sweet note to his family, which has since gone viral.

The Tweet has amassed more than 842,000 likes, 178,000 retweets and thousands of comments within three days.

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The note has reduced many social media users to tears.

We can only imagine the kind-hearted postman shared the treats around the neighbourhood in honour of his furry friend.

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RIP Gretchen.