A SUPERMARKET security guard has been hailed as a “hero” after he was pictured holding his umbrella over a dog which was left tied up outside the store in the rain.
The security, who has been named as Ethan Dearman, was snapped providing a bit of protection to the pet pooch outside a branch of Morrisons in Giffnock, Scotland.
Unbeknownst to Dearman, a picture of his kind act was soon doing the rounds on Twitter, racking up over 20,000 retweets and in excess of 150,000 likes.
“Shout out to this @Morrisons security man keeping this good boy dry. He said 'well you never know how dogs feel about the rain,' " a Twitter user wrote alongside the adorable photo.
— 🎃 Meowl 🎃 (@MelGracie_) June 28, 2020
Other users were quick to heap praise on Dearman, who was branded “a hero” for his selfless act – allowing himself to get drenched just so the sweet animal stayed dry.
"What a lovely thing to do," another said "Give this kind person a pay rise."
Incredible, Dearman eventually got wind of the photo, eventually replying to the original tweet.
"Looks like I made a lot of people happy today,” he said.
Eventually the dog was identified as golden retriever by the name of Freddie while his owner, David Cherry, revealed it wasn’t the first time Dearman had taken extra care of his pet pooch.
"Thanks to security man @dearmanethan for putting the umbrella over Freddie when it started to rain! So kind! He’s always so nice to my brother Stuart, my Dad and our Freddie!" Cherry tweeted, alongside a cute photo of Freddie from when he was a puppy.
Thanks to security man @dearmanethan for putting the umbrella over Freddie when it started to rain! So kind! He’s always so nice to my brother Stuart, my Dad and our Freddie!Here’s Freddie when he was a puppy! pic.twitter.com/TJuX41ozFE
— David Cherry (@davidjcherry) June 29, 2020
"Our dog Freddie has went viral after kind security man put up his umbrella for Freddie when it started raining at the Morrisons near my parents house," Cherry said in another tweet.
"Good community vibes. People looking out for each other. He's always nice to my Dad and brother, it's nice to hear nice things."