Box Thief Leaves Dogs Heartbroken When They Find Out What He Stole

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

February 26, 2016

Rescue mutts Buddy and Sherlock had the rug pulled right out from under them on the best day of the month. BarkBox day, that is. There it was, placed gingerly on the doorstep by their best friend, the mailman, when suddenly disaster struck.


Naomi and her husband couldn’t believe their security camera caught the guy as he nabbed the goods! News 9 reports that the man drove by the house once before returning to steal the package, allegedly ruining two dogs’ day.

After reaching out to the doggone heroes at BarkBox to get another box shipped out STAT!, Naomi told us a little more about the soul-crushing moment:

I was devastated for our dogs. Some people might be happy to know that the package was only a box full of dog treats and toys, but I was actually really mad about it! I enjoy getting my barkbox every month! In fact, I might get just as excited as my dogs!

We understand Naomi—these were certainly tragic circumstances. The kicker is, the guy must have known what the box contained on account of the “BarkBox” in big letters on the side. So he either has a very happy dog or a slightly disgruntled cat.

angry cat

Or maybe he is just another humane desperate for a glimpse beyond the cardboard…

Hold your tears though, because 10-year-old Buddy and 2 1/2-year-old Sherlock have an emergency backup on the way. These pups deserve everything good in life! Says Naomi, “[Buddy] only weighed 2lbs when I took him home [from the shelter]. […] Every vet I went to told me that I needed to put him to sleep, that he wasn’t going to survive. But Buddy has stuck around with me for the last 10 years!”


The poor little guy developed distemper at the shelter at just 8 weeks old, and has since had dual ACL surgeries and beat several other illnesses. Talk about perseverance! Even terrier mix Sherlock has been through quite the long haul. At 9 months he was surrendered for being “too destructive,” but Naomi and her husband just fell head over paws for him.

Sherlock Adoption

He is the sweetest dog you will ever meet! He simply cannot let someone in his house without him giving them 1000 kisses! Sherlock literally jumps on the counter when he sees me opening a new BarkBox! He will do anything for the treats inside!

sherlock dirty

Rest assured, my friends, your goodies are coming with bells on!

I cannot thank BarkBox enough! You guys have been so nice throughout this process! You really know how to take care of your puppy friends! Thank you!

If anyone recognizes this stealer of canine happiness, please contact police in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Featured Image c/o Naomi Bates + News 9

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

February 26, 2016

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