When William Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, he was pulling from well-worn stories nearly a century older than him.
The magic wasn’t in the familiar setup or the conflict, but his characterization of conflicted, star-crossed lovers whose romance defied the norms of their time. There was also a balcony involved or something, right?
That seems to be the main source of inspiration for a series of TikToks showing the “Romeo and Juliet” romance between two Golden Retrievers in a luxury apartment complex, a tale that has captivated viewers rooting for pups Aubrey and Bruno to finally meet face to face.
The first video was shared by TikTok user @pawbrey, who has nearly 200,000 followers on the video-sharing site. It shows Aubrey the Golden Retriever staring down from her window at Bruno, a neighbor’s dog who lives a few floors below.
“Should they meet?” The video’s caption asks. Of course, the nearly 3 million viewers who liked the video answered that it needed to happen.
Two days later, it did! Instead of a masquerade ball, these young lovers met on one of the apartment’s green spaces and shared a few photo-worthy moments.
Fortunately, it looks like their parents don’t have a long-standing, multi-generational feud getting in the way of their young love.
Still, fate may choose to keep these two pups apart:
Keep up with the story on @pawbrey’s TikTok page here!
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