Given the nature of Callaghan’s post, it soon attracted the attention of her 1,000 plus followers on the social media site. And before long, the image went viral. Since she shared it in October 2016 it has received more than 37,000 likes and 12,000 retweets.
Like the pet’s owners, many Twitter users saw the water bowl as a message from beyond clouds. “I am so sorry for your loss,” wrote one poster. “Yes, that’s Bandit smiling down at you from doggie heaven,” they added.