Scott Ewels was devastated after his cat, Bear, died after being run over by a car. But he and his partner weren't the only ones mourning Bear's loss.
Bear and his brother Teddy were adventurous, outdoor cats, according to The Dodo. The two would always escape out the cat door to run off on some unknown adventure.
But, after Bear's passing, Ewels got an idea about what his cat was up to whenever it left the house.
Two weeks after Bear died, Ewels was shocked to see Teddy come home with a note attached to his collar.
"Dear Owner: I'm your neighbor, living in 4. I'm also your cats' close friends as they (2 cats) are used to coming to my room everyday," the note read. "But one of them, a bigger one has disappeared for two weeks. Is he OK? I'm so worried about him. He is so lovely cat and always touched my heart. Wish he is fine."
Despite receiving the note late in the night, Ewels felt compelled to respond immediately.
"I wrote a note back to number 4, and posted it straight away," he said. "I mentioned that Bear had passed away, and was so glad that he had brought joy to their lives too. I included my email address, and she has since emailed us with pictures of Bear (and Teddy) in her house, and stories of their adventures with her."
Bear's passing created a virtual friendship between Ewels and his neighbor, who live in Norwich, England. The more the two corresponded, the more he learned of what Bear was up to and the impact he had.
"He really made an impression with our neighbor," Ewels said. "She rehearsed her university thesis to him and she had no one else to talk to. It makes his death even more poignant."
His neighbor turned out to be an exchange student from Taiwan studying at a local university, according to the Mirror. Bear would sit on her bed as the student practiced reciting her thesis and would "help her with studying."
Ewels and the student met in person for the first time to properly say goodbye to a cat they both cared for. The neighbor visited Bear's grave in the garden and brought a bouquet of flowers to show her respect.
"Makes you proud that [Bear] could brighten up more than just my households lives," Ewels wrote in a post on Reddit.