Several Times A Day, An Elderly Guy Walks His Handicapped Dog
Sabrina la Grotteria was near her house in Italy when she observed a sight that moved her. When a video became popular on social media, it immediately touched the hearts of thousands of people all over the world.
An older guy was dragging his dog in a cart through a quiet street in Vibo Valentia, the dog obviously unable to move on its own. Sabrina started recording after the couple returned home after a walk.
Despite the fact that the video is short and filmed from distance, that glimpse of his daily routine, as well as the man’s commitment to assisting the dog with his condition, is filled with love like few others.
According to Sabrina, who spoke to The Dodo,
“It affected me so much that I decided to share it on Facebook.”
The touching scene quickly went viral. Sabrina’s video of the guy and the dog had racked up hundreds of thousands of views in no time, garnering national attention as a “move Italy” gesture.
Sabrina described the video in the following way:
“The term ‘humanity’ appears in this video.”
Despite Sabrina’s lack of familiarity with this couple, the local media was able to locate them for their story. Tonino Vitale, who has lost use of his hind limbs owing to arthritis, has been walking his 13-year-old dog Dylan in the same manner every day.
Dylan is an elderly Labrador with severe arthritis who is unable to use his back legs and has trouble moving his front legs. He has a weak heart and struggles to breathe. Even barking, which he does to convey his feelings, is taxing for him. Tonino, on the other hand, takes care of everything.
Tonino looks after Dylan on a daily basis. Every day, she takes him out of the home in the morning and afternoon, when the sun is less intense, and he picks up Dylan, sets him in a metal cart, and walks him around the block.
For the time he has left, the guy wishes for his friend to live in peace. And she wants to be near to him, just as Dylan was when he was going through his toughest times.
Tonino adores his canine companion. Dylan
Tonino was taken aback by the number of people who were touched by the film, but he hopes it sends a message.
He told the daily Il Vibonese:
«From the moment Dylan was born, it was love at first sight. We are pleased to be able to tell Dylan his story, which is a common occurrence for us. It’s a means of educating people about the necessity of treating animals with respect.
Tonino is seen in the video below in an interview with LaC TV (in Italian).