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Brody the St. Bernard’s Harmonious Connection with a Neighbor

Written by: Russel Moneva
Russel Moneva, a Viral Content writer at iHeartDogs, finds joy in both crafting engaging content and pursuing his passion for basketball and fitness whenever he's not immersed in his work.Read more
| Published on April 16, 2024

In the idyllic neighborhood of Mount Vernon, nestled between picturesque homes with verdant lawns stretching between them, a heartwarming tale unfolds—a tale of an extraordinary bond between a St. Bernard named Brody and a cherished neighbor. Brody, the beloved companion of Dave and Edy Mazzarella, embodies the quintessential image of canine affection with his floppy ears and slobbery kisses. Amidst this serene setting, amidst the openness of properties and hearts, a remarkable friendship blooms, bridging the divide between species and enriching the lives of all involved.


Having moved into the neighborhood in 2004, the Mazzarella family found themselves warmly welcomed by Sally, the neighborhood’s longtime resident. Sally, an elderly woman with a heart of gold, greeted the newcomers with a plate of homemade cookies, endearing herself to the Mazzarella children. It wasn’t long after this welcoming gesture that Brody sauntered into the Mazzarella household, his gentle nature immediately forging a bond with Sally.

Brody and Sally’s bond was truly special, characterized by shared moments watching their favorite weather forecasts and accompanying Sally on her walks to church. Whether it was tending to her garden or simply enjoying each other’s company, Brody and Sally’s friendship was undeniable.


As time passed, both Brody and Sally grew older, their bond deepening with each passing day. However, following Sally’s mild heart attack, she made the difficult decision to move to a senior living facility, leaving Brody behind. Though Sally celebrated her 95th birthday surrounded by loved ones, Brody felt her absence keenly, his daily visits to her former home filled with longing.

Determined to maintain their friendship, Dave now assists Brody in his weekly visits to Sally’s new residence, located a few miles away. With each visit, Brody exudes a sense of ownership, striding confidently as if reclaiming his rightful place by Sally’s side.


For Brody and Sally, their bond transcends words, finding solace and contentment in each other’s presence. As Brody settles in front of Sally, she tenderly rubs his back, their silent companionship speaking volumes. In these moments, words are unnecessary, as their shared happiness radiates between them, a testament to the enduring power of friendship.

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