I stop to buy bread, when I am captivated by a deep and languid gaze, completely new to my country. A honey blond dog, with streaks tending to tawny red, whose coat resembles that of the foxes that are seen walking on Etna, my volcano.
He looks at me with those liqueur and deep eyes and nails me to himself, asking me to stop.
I start talking to her master, an elderly gentleman who took her for a walk with pride and gratitude towards life which, according to him, had given her an unexpected gift.
In a couple of minutes she tells me her whole story, while I am enchanted to observe them in perfect synergy and harmony.
The elderly gentleman had lost his beloved dog named Priscilla six months ago, she had died of old age at the age of eighteen. He and his wife were torn apart by grief and hadn’t wanted to fill that void any other way, but had decided to cherish the absence and feed on memories of their time together.
One fine day, leaving the house, they noticed that a dog was tied to the electricity pole. Trembling with fear and unaware of what had happened to her: presumably a summer abandonment.
Husband and wife went to her several times a day to make sure she was well, to bring her water and food; until moved by a sharp attack of courage they tore it away from that pole, cutting the chain.
They went to the village vet in an attempt to find a microchip that would lead it back to its owner; but the little dog had none. They continued tirelessly looking for a possible owner, a complaint, a poster, a post on some social media, asking for help from young and technological neighbors.
At a certain point the elderly gentleman realized that it was a sign of destiny: the soul of his much loved dog Priscilla had returned to visit them and had decided to live with them again, residing in the body of this sweet and young dog. coming out of nowhere.
We concluded our meeting with these wonderful words: “The soul of my deceased dog made me find Priscilla and my life was reborn”.
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