CANELO, 12 years waiting for his friend

Dogs are well known around the world for their steadfast loyalty and love. Sadly many times their human families do not return this loyalty and abandon them to the animal shelters or the streets. It is a shame that so many of the human race act like this and fail to learn from the example set by our loyal canines.

Every now and then an amazing story emerges about an extreme example of a dog's loyalty. This was the case in Cadiz, Spain recently in the last decade. Cadiz is in the southern part of Spain and in the late 1980's there lived a man who had a dog named Canelo. On the surface, Canelo looked like just an average dog of the area - nothing unique stood out about him from his appearance. But he was very unique on the inside and had a huge heart that loved his owner beyond belief.

His owner lived alone and Canelo was his only true friend and companion. Every morning the local people would see them walking together through the quiet streets of the city when the old man took Canelo for a walk. But the man was also very ill and once a week they would walk to Puerta del Mar Hospital, where the man was undergoing dialysis treatments due to kidney complications.

Because the hospital's rules did not allow animals inside, he always left Canelo waiting at the door. The man would undergo his treatment, meet Canelo at the door on his way out, and together they would head home. This was a routine that had been going on for a long time for them.

Sadly one day the man suffered complications in the middle of his treatment. The doctors were unable to revive him and he passed away in the hospital. But, Canelo as always, was waiting outside on his own lying by the door of the health center only to have his owner never come out. Canelo sat there, day after day, waiting for his owner. Neither hunger nor thirst would persuade him to walk away from the door. In the cold, rain, wind or heat, he continued lying at the hospital's door waiting for his friend to come out so they could go home together as they always had.

The local people soon realized the situation and decided to care for Canelo but to still allow him his freedom. They took turns to bring him food and water, and even arranged for a pardon from the local dog pound when he was picked up by them. During this time, Canelo waited for twelve long years outside the hospital for his owner to return. He never sought a new family. He only knew that his only friend had gone through that hospital door, and that he would wait for him so they could return home together someday.

Finally on December 9, 2002, Canelo was hit and killed by a car outside the hospital. It seemed a tragic end to a wonderful example of loyalty and unconditional love for all those years as he waited. But at long last, Canelo's wait was over. He was finally reunited with the one that he loved. His story was well known throughout the city of Cadiz, so in recognition of the love, dedication and loyalty of Canelo, the city named an alley after him and put up a plaque in his honor. The touching video below was made in tribute to Canelo also. May he now walk forever with his beloved human.


Responses to "A true story of unbelievable loyalty one dog had for his owner (Video)"

  1. Diane Pumphret says:

    A love between a dog and its master will never be separated by time,circumstances and dimensions. All love cannot be destroyed,love is as love was. Infinity is forever=LOVE

  2. Anonymous says:

    A beautiful story about a beautiful relationship. Canelo is all dogs.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A dog is a mans best friend

  4. Why didn't the hospital staff at least let Canelo see and smell his human's body? Dogs and cats are very understanding of death and this would likely have helped Canelo to move on.

  5. Anonymous says:

    pretty sad that no one came and gave that dog a loving home for all of those 12 years...

  6. Anonymous says:

    In response to T.E. Hieatt, I believe the reason this took place ..was so that people could learn a lesson from this beautiful story of love and dedication, other wise how else would any of us know the true love of our pets for us,

    if not for stories like this one. :) I too wish he would of been better taken care of ...It just was not meant to be ...only God Knows!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Heartbreaking story for this dog, may he now have peace in his heart

  8. Anonymous says:

    I can't watch this to the end/ poor little guy - amazing how animals never forget who they love and are loyal - unlike HUMANS

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow! If this doesn't touch your heart,I don't know what will!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dog are loyal to their Master and you should also be loyal to our Animal. Touching story they should had let him see his Dad for the last time. Shame on you.

  11. Vicki Rutkowski says:

    This story broke my heart. The hospital staff should've brought Canilo to see his master one last time. All animals have a special bond with their masters that only grows with time. Now Canilo and his master will be together once again.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I feel the same way as others expressed, if I had been aware of this poor dog's situation, I would have adopted him and given him the love and security he so needed. Unbelievably sad that he was left waiting and wandering all those years, probably feeling completely lost and confused. Pure neglect!! Painful to watch!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Agree Serina!!!!!!!!!!

  14. What a lovely tribute to this faithful companion. We all should be so fortunate to have a gentile & caring dog by our side. May Carilo RIP.

  15. Cindy says:

    Just like Hachi in China.. Same thing, only at a train station..

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  17. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful a story. A faithful pet to the end. He is with his master. A tragic ending and sad, but it's over. Thanks to those whom took care of him all the yrs he's been waiting outside the hospital door.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is just like the story and movie"Hachi, A Dog's Tale" nwith Richard Gere. We should all know such love and loyalty. Sometimes I think that only animals know how to love that way, and all they expect in returen is our undying love.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I can't stop crying!! He is now with his favorite human . Rest in eternal peace.

  20. toxicjuj says:

    Heart wrenching.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I believe they mentioned that the dog would not stay with anyone else. At least they tried to keep him healthy.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I agree Serina, They should have let him see his owner...and to let him live like that for 12 years!!
    I am sure he would have understood his owner was dead if he had been brought in, and he could have accepted another home...I am so sad for him!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    they will be now forever together over the rainbow bridge when canelo crossed over he would see his master and run to greet him

  24. Anonymous says:

    This had me in tears......... I just wish us humans would treat the animals with the same undying luv........ This made me think of MY BEAUTIFUL TIKKI........Whom I have never replaced........And the true true story of Hatchiko who also waited 4 his owner till he himself passed away............

  25. Anonymous says:

    I cried watching this animals are so amazing loyal to the end we are the not so intelligent race they are this is commitment plus bawling. I sometimes also wonder if in a past life the extra loyalty of dogs they were human and they are trying to redeem themselves for past mistakes so they become a dog to show they are loyal.

  26. If only most human love could be so pure. I can't believe there is a dry eye over this one.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Solo ellos saben dar tanto amor. Como nos entregan su corazón; ojalá y los humanos fuéramos asi

  28. Anonymous says:

    I cried my eyes watching this. So sad. Yes they should have let him see his daddy and he probably was broken hearted waiting.

  29. Even though I never met Canelo, I love him. I only hope he also knew some happiness in the 12 years while he patiently waited for his companion. I hope he felt loved and wanted. My heart aches for Canelo, who was lost without the person he loved.

  30. Spid3rs says:

    Tear my heart out WOW!!!

  31. Unknown says:

    I love the community's recognition of Canelo and the humanity shown in getting him a pardon. Lovely,

  32. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful love if only humans could all feel this way.

  33. Anonymous says:

    This is such an amazing story, it touched me hard, See i believe that animals have a greater bond to us humans, then we do with each other, god bless the owner, and most of all that fathful dog, R.I.P, ty so much

  34. Anonymous says:

    The story of Camelo whelmed me, such a great devotion to his master is so touching! Farewell to sweet dog and well said by T. E. Hieatt

  35. wolfwarrior says:

    One of the most "touching" stories I have read. R.I.P. Conelo.

  36. Anonymous says:

    that was real love between an dog and his owner , now the dog is over the rainbowbridge and play with other dogs on the field and even maybe he walk there with his owner

  37. Anonymous says:

    this broke my heart

  38. Anonymous says:

    remember: never, ever, forget to love and care

  39. Anonymous says:

    Very SAD:( that this sweet boy dies ALONE. His life was not a Happily Ever After. Shame.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    So in 12 years, no one took him home and gave him love. No one! That is horrible.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful but just too sad. Someone should have saved this sweet boy.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I had a very hard time watching this... just look into his eyes to see the sadness and confusion.
    Hopefully they are together again.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Christians do not believe that animals are allowed into their precious Heaven. Animals have no souls, therefore they are not allowed. Now isn't that a nice thought?

  45. Anonymous says:

    My heart has broken what a tragic story .walk forever with your loving human now over rainbow bridge

  46. Dee says:

    This just broke my heart. May they rest in peace together.

  47. Dee says:

    Also, the doctors should have let the dog see the owner and have closure. It night have helped him move on.

  48. Unknown says:

    I don't know who you get your information from but Christians do believe an animal has a soul

  49. Anonymous says:

    I was in tears and had a knot in my throat ,could not watch it to the end!!!Animals are better than people!Kazanzakis once wrote,when I met animals ,I did'nt want people!!may Canelo RIP and may all see this before throwing their pets out in the street!

  50. Unknown says:

    A true man is a dogs best friend. That's why they love those who love them. My opinion only, as I am so loved by my Chowdren.

  51. Unknown says:

    Did anyone ever think that the poor dog didn't know where else to go, even if he wanted to. Nice loyality story but a poor example of how we should look after our furry friends. Sad.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Laisser un chien dehors douze ans! Quelle erreur,apres six mois ils auraient put lui chercher une famille d acceuil,pauvre Canelo RIP!

  53. Unknown says:

    It brake my heart to know that many just get rid of them because the pets no longer amuse them, and just throw them aside, I just can't understand how can you live with a pet and not fall irrevocably in love with it. Canelo showed the world how deeply a pet can love us.

  54. Anonymous says:

    that broke my heart to watch i cried so much its a wonder the neighbours didnt click that they went out and didnt come back surely somone would of checked .I find it hard to let a pet go to the pund what a terrible thing on a beloved pet to have to go like that often put down i wish that angels would look after them and guide people to open thier hearts to take in pets that owners have passed for their final days in peace and love this was so very sad to see and can only hope that they are both together now over that rainbow bridge . Val in Perth Western Australia

  55. Anonymous says:

    the doctors should"ve let canelo be with his master, it would have been alot better than to have this dog being hit by a car, he just gave up and did not care anymore, he lost all sense of living and love. RIP canole and your master you will never be forgotten, the tears and the ache in my heart will never be forgotten.

  56. Anonymous says:

    I fear for the day when we finally realise the capacity of our animal friends to feel love and pain and fear and adoration, and go on to discover just how really intelligent and sentient these creatures can be. The overwhelming feeling of horror that will engulf us when we think of fur farms, whaling, some of the dreadful conditions and treatment in abattoirs and intensive farming along with all the general mis-treatment and cruelty. But then again I suppose they are treated no better than a significant proportion of the worlds population. Dt Feb2016.

  57. Mila Ug-S says:

    "Fidelity Blues" - the song, the video , beautiful. Canelo , words little to say about it. To the pain of the heart.

  58. Jacob Kotze says:

    This is love and commitment beyond any imagination - sad story - I cried and cried - poor Canelo with his heartache of losing his best friend....

  59. Anonymous says:

    This reallymade me cry...because ilove these kinds of loyal dogs.. I wanna have one >.< I wished I met this loyal dog eatlier!!! I can't take videos like these it's making my sunburn pained when my tears fall :(

  60. Anonymous says:

    Why wouldn't anyone let canelo smell or see his best friend suffering, our pets can understand us... They're also our best friends.... They're our friends..... So Let us know what happened to the pet owner :) :(

  61. Jean says:

    Oh, to be loved like that if only for a day.

  62. My heart breaks when I read about these faithful dogs. Unconditional love forever!

  63. cathy t says:

    this is such a sad but loving story, all these yrs he survived and after all his love and loyalty to his master he get killed by a car. this so very sad. brings tears to my eyes

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