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Owner's response to dog who stayed by his side while he was poorly is devastating

French Réunion is an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean, but therein is hidden the heart-breaking story of how one dog’s loyalty would not last for ever.

By Nick Whittle , 24 Jul 2020

Cecile, a resident of Réunion, was one morning walking her two dogs through the island’s vast sugar cane fields. Soon she began to be bothered by the behaviour of one of the dogs, seemingly interested in something a little way from their path. 

Giving in to the dog’s agitation Cecile glimpsed into the depth of the crop to discover an elderly man lying motionless, and a dog sitting by his side. 

She at once called for help, but when help arrived it was clear the man’s dog could not accompany him to the hospital.

Bereft dog 

The dog was clearly bereft and so Cecile coaxed the dog back to her own home, and nicknamed her Bobynette. 

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In due course, the elderly man was released from hospital. On hearing the news, Cecile and the foster dog paid him a visit. Cecile was overjoyed to be able to return the dog to its rightful owner. 

Unfortunately, the man no longer recognised the little dog, despite the dog’s excitement about returning home. Adamant the dog was not his, the man refused to take her in.  

With no other choice, Cecile eventually left the dog in the care of the island’s shelter, the Association Sauve ton bourbon et Cie. By all accounts the dog is recovering well from his ordeal, and workers hope she will be rehomed soon.