Fido Was a Real Dog

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Fido Was a Real Dog

Fido Was a Real Dog

Everyone knows that a name for a dog is Fido, but why is that? What makes Fido a dog’s name and why do we keep using it?

The most obvious reason is the meaning of the word: “fido” is Latin for faithful. But the reason the word is associated with dogs is because of an Italian street dog who showed such amazing loyalty that his name was passed on to other dogs. His owner, Carlo Soriani, found him injured in a ditch and took him in. He named the dog Fido and kept him as his own.

Every day after he recovered, Fido would walk with Soriani to his bus, then greet him again when he came home from work. For two full years, Fido would wait for his owner in the central square and then happily go home when Soriani came home from work. Sadly this was during World War II, and one day while he was at work, Soriani’s factory was hit with bombs and he died. Of course, Fido waited at the bus stop, but his master didn’t come home.

He didn’t just wait one evening either. For fourteen full years, until the day he died, Fido waited at the bus stop for his master to get home.  He was honored with a gold medal and a public statue for his amazing loyalty.

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