Julie Johnson from Tennessee isn’t sure if a door was left propped open or if a window was left open; all she knows is that a stranger was able to freely enter her house one night.
This stranger, on the other hand, was only looking to snuggle and not steal. A brown bull terrier with a golden heart and silent feet crept into the Johnsons’ home, jumped into bed with Julie and her husband Jimmy, and fell asleep with his head on the pillows.
“You could see light coming into our curtains in our bedroom and I feel my husband not just roll over, but kind of startled, like almost a jump roll over and it woke me up,” Julie said. “And in a quiet but forthright voice, he said, ‘Julie, whose dog is this?’”
Despite their surprise, it didn’t take long for Jimmy and Julie to realize the intruder meant no harm and was simply “100 percent content being there.”
The Johnsons will never know how Nala the dog got into their house without disturbing or attracting the attention of Jupiter, Hollis, and Zeppelin, the three dogs who normally sleep alongside the couple, and it must have made for interesting chit-chat over morning coffee.
Julie took to Facebook to try to find the dog’s owners, posting a variety of selfies with the pup.
Nala’s owners contacted them not long after, explaining that she had slipped out of her collar on a walk the day before, just before a severe thunderstorm.
She had escaped into the woods, and the working theory among the four dog parents was that Nala had entered the Johnsons’ house out of fear of the thunder and lightning.
“Our overly friendly pup, Nala, has hit an all-time record for ignoring personal space and added yet another trick to her long list of Houdini acts,” one of Nala’s owners, Cris Hawkins, posted on Facebook.
“Shame on Nala for somehow breaking into a stranger’s house and invading their personal space. Thankfully, the couple thought it was hilarious and they aren’t even mad about it.”
Since the incident, the four pups have gone on playdates in the park to celebrate their new, completely unplanned friendship.