Barboza is a dog lover, and it shows. Since starting in his job five years ago, he's come to know all the dogs on his route by name.
"I have a bag of treats in my mail truck," Barboza told The Dodo. "When I bring a package to somebody’s door, and there’s a dog there, I give them a treat. Like, if I’m bringing something for the owner, I might as well bring something to the dogs, too, since they're part of the family."
It was in this way that Barboza came to know Gretchen — and to be the first outside the Cimino family to win her over.
"When I first met her, I was kind of worried," Barboza said. "She was a little standoffish at first, but then I started to talk to her and pet her and bring her treats."
Gretchen was smitten.