Monday, January 7, 2013
Iozzelli Renzo died on September 22, 2011 at the age of 71, and his loyal cat, Toldo, has visited his grave every day since.
The 3-year-old cat was rescued by Renzo from a cat colony when he was only 3-months-old, and the two shared a close bond. The gray and white kitty's daily pilgrimage has become infamous throughout the small Italian village of Montagnana, where the feline faithfully leaves sticks and twigs, plastic cups, and paper towels for his master.
Toldo followed Iozzelli's funeral procession to the cemetery, but it wasn't until the following day that his unusual ritual began.
Renzo's widow, Ada, tells Corriere Fiorentino: "We went to the cemetery with my daughter, and found a sprig of acacia. I immediately thought that it was the cat, but my daughter was convinced it was just the emotional state I was in. "
That evening, her son found Toldo guarding his father's grave. "Since then the story has continued," Ada says. "In the village everyone knows it. So many people have seen it, not just me. Well, I do not know what to say. My husband was very affectionate with him. Renzo loved animals. It's almost as if Toldo would be grateful. It is a special cat, one can not help liking him. "
Via Corriere Fiorentino / Huffington Post