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For seven long and happy years, this tiny dog named Fulmine shared his life with Sara Sechi’s father, Leonardo. The 2 best friends lived in the countryside of Italy — finding a simple joy in one another’s company.
“They were very affectionate,” Sechi told The Dodo. “They were always cuddling.”
Sadly, Fulmine and Leonardo’s time together recently came to an end. But their love lives on.
Last month, after an extended battle with an illness, Leonardo gave up the ghost. While he was in the hospital, Leonardo’s family cared for Fulmine, where they saw just what proportion the small dog was missing him.
“Every time a car approached, Fulmine would run to the gate just in case it had been my father,” Sechi said.
Leonardo was laid to rest, the dog never stopped trying to find this friend.
And then, he finally found him.
The day after Leonardo’s funeral, Sechi and her son traveled to the cemetery to get more flowers at his grave. And once they arrived, they were surprised to get somebody else was there to go to, too.
It was Fulmine.
Incredibly, Fulmine had walked nearly 2 miles from the countryside, all on his own, arriving at the spot where Leonardo had been laid to rest.
He appeared to understand that Leonardo, who he’d not seen in weeks, was now here.
“I didn’t expect to seek out him there,” Sechi said. “He hadn’t been at the funeral. I even have no idea how he knew where to travel .”
However, Fulmine-finally reunited with Leonor, even if only in spirit.
This wouldn’t be Fulmine’s last visit. Within the weeks that have followed, neighbors have reported seeing the small dog making his thanks to and from the cemetery to go to the friend he’d lost.
“We think he goes there a day ,” Sechi said.
However, how Fulmine knows where to find Leonardo is still a mystery.
“I wish to think he’s guided by his love for my father. Or that my father led him there,” Sechi said. “It’s one among those strange things without a true explanation.”
Fulmine’s heart still aches — but that’s a sense he will never need to face alone.
Sechi has since taken Fulmine in to some together with her, to both mourn together, and to at least one day move on to make happy new memories as a family.
And Leonardo’s legacy will still survive in their hearts.
“It makes me emotional to believe what proportion my father loved Fulmine, and the way much Fulmine loves him,” Sechi said. “It’s sad to ascertain him grieving, but we’ll slowly overcome this sad moment together.”