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Dad Does Sweetest Thing To Comfort Dog After Daughter Goes To College

She was so sad that her favorite person's room was empty πŸ’”

Ever since Annie Shi moved away to attend college last fall, things just haven't been the same back home. Her parents miss her dearly, of course, but they understand that's the way things go.

Annie's dog, Tara, meanwhile, has been having a little more trouble accepting her absence. After all, the two of them have always been the best of friends — cozying up together in bed to sleep each night.

Annie Shi

After heading off to school, Annie asked that her parents send regular updates to let her know how Tara is doing β€” and that's how she learned that the pup has had some trouble coping with her being gone.

Tara certainly gets plenty of love from her mom and dad, but still seeks out Annie's company in vain.

"She misses me," Annie told The Dodo. "She has been getting my parents to open the door to my room for her while I'm away."

Annie Shi

When Tara realizes that Annie's bedroom is empty, she always seems heartbroken and walks away disappointedly.

Annie's room is clearly Tara's favorite place β€” but not without the warmth of companionship.

Annie Shi

The specialness of Tara's tender little vigil for her friend wasn't lost on Annie's dad. So, rather than let the dog keep finding the bedroom sadly vacant, he's begun making it a welcoming place once more β€” by using it as his office.

Adding his comforting presence has made all the difference for the dog. 

"Tara won't stay in the room if there's no one with her, so Dad has been working in my room every day," Annie said.

Annie Shi

As Annie's dad works at his daughter's desk, Tara usually stays cozily curled up in bed, just like old times.

Annie Shi

While Tara seems to be soothed by this new routine, Annie suspects her dad started it with more than just the pup in mind:

"It might be because he misses me too," she said.

Tara and Annie's dad have always gotten along great, but they have no doubt grown closer through their shared feelings of missing her β€” and the daily tradition that keeps her close in their hearts.

Annie Shi

Fortunately, despite being off at college, Annie is still very much in her family's life, and she comes home to visit Tara every chance that she gets.

"I've missed her so much but the train ride home only takes three hours," Annie said. "She's always eager to see me!"

Annie Shi

In between visits, Annie is pleased to know that Tara is never far from people who care about her β€” and that her empty room back home is still full of love while she's away.

Annie Shi