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  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    1941

    Birth

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    1941

    Fido probably began life sometime in the autumn of 1941 as an independent street dog in Luco di Mugello, a small town in the municipality of Borgo San Lorenzo, in the Tuscan Province of Florence, Italy.




  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Nov, 1941

    Carlo Soriani

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Nov, 1941

    One night in November 1941, a brick kiln worker in Borgo San Lorenzo named Carlo Soriani, on his way home from the bus stop, found the dog lying injured in a roadside ditch. Not knowing whom the dog belonged to, Soriani took him home and nursed him back to health. Soriani and his wife decided to adopt the dog, naming him Fido ("faithful", from Latin fidus).




  • Central square of Luco di Mugello, Tuscany, Italy
    1942

    Central square of Luco di Mugello

    Central square of Luco di Mugello, Tuscany, Italy
    1942

    After Fido recovered, he followed Soriani to the bus stop in the central square of Luco di Mugello and watched him board the bus for his job. When the bus returned in the evening, Fido found and greeted Soriani with obvious great joy and followed him home again. This pattern repeated every workday for two years: Fido would stay in the square, avoiding all others, waiting and sniffing the air until excitedly greeting Soriani and enthusiastically following him home.




  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Thursday Dec 30, 1943

    Black Day

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Thursday Dec 30, 1943

    This was during the Second World War, and on December 30, 1943, Borgo San Lorenzo was subjected to a violent allied bombardment: many factories were hit, and many workers, including Soriani, perished. That evening, Fido showed up as usual at the bus stop, but did not see his beloved master disembark.




  • Central square of Luco di Mugello, Tuscany, Italy
    1950s

    More than 5,000 times

    Central square of Luco di Mugello, Tuscany, Italy
    1950s

    Fido later returned home, but for fourteen years thereafter (more than 5,000 times) until the day of his death, he went daily to the stop, watching and sniffing the air, waiting in vain for Soriani to get off the bus.




  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Apr, 1957

    Time magazine wrote an article about Fido

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Apr, 1957

    Time magazine wrote an article about Fido in April 1957.




  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Saturday Nov 09, 1957

    Awarded a gold medal

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Saturday Nov 09, 1957

    Media interest in Fido grew during his lifetime. Italian magazines Gente and Grand Hotel published the story of the dog, which also appeared in several newsreels of the Istituto Luce. Many readers were struck by the extraordinary faithfulness of Fido, including the mayor of Borgo San Lorenzo, who, on November 9, 1957, awarded him a gold medal in the presence of many citizens including Soriani's moved widow.


  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    1957

    TO FIDO, EXAMPLE OF LOYALTY

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    1957

    At the end of 1957, when Fido was still alive, the Comune of Borgo San Lorenzo commissioned the sculptor Salvatore Cipolla to create a monument of the dog as a testimony of that exemplary story of love and fidelity. The work, entitled "Monument to the dog Fido", was placed in Piazza Dante in Borgo San Lorenzo, next to the municipal palace. Under the statue depicting the dog is the dedication: A FIDO, ESEMPIO DI FEDELTÀ (TO FIDO, EXAMPLE OF LOYALTY). The monument was inaugurated by the mayor of Borgo San Lorenzo, in presence of Fido and Soriani's widow. Originally, the statue was realized in majolica, but a few months after the inauguration some vandals destroyed it. Consequently, the mayor of Borgo San Lorenzo commissioned to Salvatore Cipolla a new statue, this time in bronze, which replaced the first one and that is still today in Piazza Dante.


  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Monday Jun 09, 1958

    Fido died still waiting for his master

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Monday Jun 09, 1958

    Fido died still waiting for his master on June 9, 1958. The news of his death was announced to the public by the newspaper on a four-column front-page story in La Nazione.


  • Milan, Italy
    Sunday Jun 22, 1958

    La Domenica del Corriere commemorated Fido with a poignant cover story

    Milan, Italy
    Sunday Jun 22, 1958

    On 22 June, La Domenica del Corriere commemorated Fido with a poignant cover story. The cover painting by Walter Molino shows Fido dying on the roadside, with the bus waiting in the background. Fido was buried outside the cemetery of Luco di Mugello beside his master, Carlo Soriani.


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