Meet Potate, aka Tate. This adorable pooch loves her owners. The poor pup had been living as a homeless puppy before Hailee Graham and her husband adopted her into their home. Now, Tate has it all. She first found her family, then she found her soulmate as well.

Around the same time that the Graham family first brought Tate home, their next-door neighbor also got a dog. The pooch next door was about the same age as Tate and was named Vernon. A tall fence divided their yards, but it didn’t take long for Tate and Vernon to meet.

The two friendly dogs immediately clicked and started working on ways to get closer to each other.

“I walk outside and catch them digging a tunnel to each other. We couldn’t get them to stop,” Graham said. “We couldn’t keep them apart. They would just keep digging holes to each other.”

Hailee Graham

Graham first thought about trying to set up a playdate so that Tate and Vernon could spend some quality time together, without a fence all up in their faces. But then she came up with an even more genius plan.

“I thought, ‘Why not just put a door in the fence, so they can play whenever, and their hoomans don’t have to get involved?’” Graham said. And that is exactly what they did.

Hailee Graham

Graham’s dad helped build a doggy door in their backyard fence. This awesome solution now allows Vernon and Tate to get together anytime they want. Thanks to their new door, these two friends are now closer than ever!

“They love being together!” Graham said. “I don’t know if they are actually in love, but I like to think so.”

Graham admits that her idea might not work for everyone, but she says she hopes that other like-minded pet owners will be inspired to make their yards more open.

“I hope that it encourages people to be more friendly with their neighbors, and encourage a sense of community,” Graham said. “It has worked out well for us so far.”

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