KHOU Houston‘s Doug Delony snapped a photo of a man and his dog at Houston’s Discovery Green, and people instantly wanted to know more about it. The truth behind the man, dog, and stroller captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people.

Doug Delony posted to Facebook saying: “Most afternoons I take a run through Discovery Green, and most afternoons I see this guy with a stroller but no baby. He brings this beautiful… what appears to be… disabled pup to the park. He lets it sit in the grass and take in the smell and the sound. Here he is giving it water out of a small cup he brings with him. An adorable dog and a nice guy- God bless ’em.”

The love and attention the man shows his blind dog has restored faith in humanity, and KHOU Houston sat down with the family to talk some more about their story:

“He’s part of our family,” said Edie Mayo of 16-year-old Max. “He’s my best friend. He’s taught me life lessons that I will never forget.”