Heartwarming Photos Of A Noida Rickshaw-Wala And His Best Friend

Here’s your daily reminder that love really is all around.

1. A few weeks ago, Delhi-based Headlines Today journalist Shiv Aroor noticed something interesting on his way to work.

Shiv Aroor

2. “I noticed that of the 6-7 people who spent the night on that road divider every night, this man and his dog were always together, on the same blanket,” he told BuzzFeed in an email.

Shiv Aroor

3. So, being a journalist, Shiv naturally began photographing this spot on his morning commute whenever he got a chance. He posted them on his personal Facebook in a series called #ManDogOnRoad.

Shiv Aroor

4. “Since I drove every day to work just as the sun rose, I would see them just before they woke,” Shiv said. “Sometimes I’d miss them. Or the dog would still be asleep. But they were clearly man and dog!”

Shiv Aroor

This photo was captioned: “No dog today. Probably off running errands. #ManDogOnRoad”

5. And, a couple of days later: “Monday. The dog is back. Man’s gone. #ManDogOnRoad”

Shiv Aroor

6. “Tuesday: No dog. No man. #ManDogOnRoad”

Shiv Aroor

7. “Friday: Dog’s back. #ManDogOnRoad”

Shiv Aroor

8. Over time, as Shiv’s curiosity about this man grew, the dog revealed a clue as to his profession.

Shiv Aroor

“Monday: Man’s profession now known. Dog awake, across road. #ManDogOnRoad”

9. “I had to stop my car and take a look every day,” Shiv said. “I did think I was prying. But they became a part of my morning. There’s really no other way to say it.”

Shiv Aroor

“Tuesday: Man wakes up. Dog stays in bed. #ManDogOnRoad”

10. Even if the man chose to sleep in, the dog was ready for rickshaw duty.

Shiv Aroor

11. Which clearly happened a fair amount.

Shiv Aroor

“Wednesday. #ManDogOnRoad”

12. But the most adorable pictures are from when both hit snooze together.

Shiv Aroor

13. Shiv almost always went unnoticed. Almost.

Shiv Aroor

“Dog’s expression: ‘Abbe, aa gaya yaar.’ #ManDogOnRoad”

14. And, on June 18, Shiv posted this picture to Facebook with the caption “Final post. #ManDogOnRoad”

Shiv Aroor

Several of Shiv’s friends and followers, who had grown attached to updates about this man and his loyal companion, posted dismayed comments asking where they had gone. “We will miss them,” one said.

15. “I don’t know if the series of pictures told a story,” Shiv told BuzzFeed. “It made some people angry, some curious, some just loved the anticipation of how I’d find man and dog the next day.”

16. Update, July 30: They’re back :)

Shiv Aroor

17. “I still see them,” Shiv said. “Every day.”

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