Friday, September 7, 2012


I haven't been able to corroborate this story but I remember it from a page in a dogs desk calendar a friend gave me many years ago:

In the ruins of Pompeii, archaeologists unearthed the remains of a boy and a large dog who seemed to be pulling on the boy's coat, trying to save or protect him. A collar  belonging to the dog bore the  inscription: "This dog has thrice saved the life of his little master. Once from fire, once from water and once from thieves."

The internet repeats this tale and attributes this act of heroism  to a dog named Delta.  Did you know there are still dogs in Pompeii today? Yes, strays and abandoned pets.

There are many dogs living among the ruins of Pompeii and the Italian government thankfully has taken steps towards spay/neuter, providing medical care, fostering and finding them permanent homes.

Here is the official website for the dogs of Pompeii:  

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