For the 13 years Charlie Weiss lived in his home in Winterville, North Carolina, he never paid any attention to his neighbors beyond a casual “hello” every now and then.
A year ago when a new woman and her dog moved in next door, Weiss assumed he would continue to keep to himself.
Then, one day, Weiss was out on his porch, and he got the feeling that someone was watching him.
He scanned the yard, but everything seemed normal. Then he looked down, and spotted a furry spy.
His new neighbor’s German shepherd mix had found a small gap between the dirt and the fence, and decided to make good use of it.
While Weiss rarely ran into his new human neighbor, her dog became a frequent presence.
Soon, every time Weiss would step outside, he’d be met by a curious snout sticking out from under the fence.
Just as Weiss was getting used to the ever-present snooping, he was met with another surprise when his neighbor adopted a second dog. But the pit bull mix needed a little time to get used to having neighbors.
“My deck looks over the fence, and when he first noticed me he would run up to the fence and bark at me,” Weiss told The Dodo. “I figured he was probably just a little stressed from being in a new environment.”
“I would always say ‘hey’ to them and be friendly to them though, because I figured they’d settle down once they got used to me,” Weiss said. “As you can tell, they eventually did.”
As time went on, both dogs became very nosy neighbors, eager to see Weiss every time they heard his front door open.
“The German shepherd loves affection. She always lays by the fence, sticks her snout under it and whimpers until I pet her,” Weiss said. “The pit usually doesn’t want to be pet, but he’s pretty funny because he’ll lick the fence and look at me through it the whole time I’m there.”
Then one day Weiss stepped outside and instead of a familiar snout, he was greeted by the big brown eyes of a third dog — a smiling black and white puppy.
The puppy had expanded the hole made by his dog siblings with one goal in mind — to break into Weiss’ yard.
As small as the puppy was, he still couldn’t quite fit, but his struggle made for an excellent photo op.
“They haven’t made it into my yard yet, but the puppy really tried,” Weiss said. “It was pretty comical to watch. He was on a mission to get into my yard, but he just couldn’t squeeze through.”
Though it was startling at first, Weiss has since gotten used to having a close relationship with his three furry neighbors.
«I joke with a friend that one day I’m gonna show my neighbor those pictures and tell her, ‘Look, you had a good run, but they’ve made their decision. They’re mine now,'» Weiss said.
“A lot of times I don’t even realize they’re there,” Weiss added. “I just turn around and there’s a snout sticking out from under the fence.”
And he wouldn’t have it any other way.