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It wasn't all bad

UPS driver adopts dog she befriended along route

Leo the pit bull.

As a UPS driver, Katie Newhouser gets to know people and their animals on her route, and she quickly bonded with Leo the pit bull.

She met Leo through his owner, Tina Rummel. "I had started talking to Tina because I saw her walking Leo one day," Newhouser told Today. "And Leo took a liking to me. He would even hop in my truck and look around the back." When she found out last fall that Rummel had died, Newhouser offered to watch Leo until Rummel's son, Canon, finished training with the Marines. Leo ended up getting along so well with Newhouser's dogs that Canon agreed to let him stay with her forever, and she shares photos with him on Facebook.

"I just wanted to help a family out when they were going through a rough time," Newhouser said. "But as soon as Leo came in my house, the whole vibe changed." She told Today her two dogs used to be grumpy, but both are much friendlier now that Leo is there. Catherine Garcia