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Having pets is one of life's many joys, and it has been proven that having an animal in your life actually improves your overall wellbeing and happiness.

But sadly, not everyone can own a pet, whether that's due to financial difficulties or a very annoying landlord.

4 housemates found themselves in this predicament, and when they noticed their neighbor's pooch, they couldn't resist asking that fateful question.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

Who doesn't love pets?

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Having a pet is the true meaning of happiness... in our opinions, anyway!

Having pets is actually good for you...

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It has been proven that having a furry friend decreases blood pressure and stress, increases motivation, and even tackles loneliness.

But not everybody can own a pet...

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Sadly, many people struggle to afford to maintain a pet.  It isn't always cheap looking after and caring for an animal.

And for those who rent a property...

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The sad reality is that not all landlords allow pets.

Who on Earth wouldn't allow a pet in the house?!

Well, apart from the smell and the mess... but still, it's pretty unfair on all of those animal lovers out there.

4 housemates recently experienced this very problem...

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Twenty-three-year-old Jack McCrossan, who is currently living in Bristol, U.K. shares a rented house with 3 of his friends.

All 4 of the young men have grown up with pets...

But, of course, their new landlord laid down a strict "no pets" rule.

But Jack and his friends noticed something exciting...

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Their neighbor was the owner of a black labrador who they noticed from their window.

The friends decided to take a chance...

So they wrote a letter to their neighbor, politely asking if they could walk her dog every now and then.

Jack shared their hopeful letter on Twitter...

"If you ever need someone to walk him/her, we will gladly do so," they wrote. "If you ever get bored (we know you never will, but we can dream) we are more than happy to look after him/her. If you want to come over and bring him/her to brighten our day, you are more than welcome. If you want to walk past our balcony windows so we can see him/her, please do."

Unbelievably...

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The friends received a response, but not from their neighbor...

"Stevie Ticks" herself sent the boys a reply...

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Her owners, who are called Chris and Sarah, were more than happy for the hopeful boys to spend some time with their beloved pet. "I love meeting new people and it would be great if we can be friends. I must warn you that the price of my friendship is 5 x ball throws a day and belly scratches whenever I demand them," she wrote.

The neighbors were very happy to cooperate with the boy's needs...

The letter finished with, "We here understand how hard it is to find pet-friendly rentals - and life just isn't full without a dog in it - right?! I'd love to hang whenever you fancy," along with Stevie's owner's contact details to arrange a meetup time.

Jack decided to tweet about this wholesome experience...

And it went completely viral overnight.

People began to send in their love and praise...

And a lot of folks related to the story, with many sharing their own tales of doggy companionship.

Jack recently gave us an update...

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The boys finally met Stevie Ticks, and their first photograph together is the cutest thing.

They have even made Stevie Ticks her very own Instagram account.

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Jack said, "Meeting Stevie was great! She was definitely as energetic as described. We got to take her for a walk and she wouldn't stop running!"

Stevie spent an hour playing at the boys' house on their first meet...

"We could hear her thundering around through the walls, and she obviously enjoyed herself, as when they dropped her back home she sat whining at the door and window for hours afterwards," Sarah, Stevie's owner said.

Sarah is touched that the boys have been making such a nice effort...

"In a day and age where people don't really know or speak to their neighbors it was really nice for them to break down that barrier," she said.

Sarah is planning to invite the boys over so they can all hang out together...

We keep telling her how many people are following her and interested in her relationship with her new boyfriends, but she just keeps giving me her paw for treats," Sarah went on to say. "We obviously know that Stevie is a very special hound, but we love that she has brought so much joy and love to so many people. I think everyone just needs a reminder every now and then that humanity is found in the small things."