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Why Does This Dog Make a Four Mile Journey Every Day?

October 29, 2015

lilica dog story We’ve all experienced the amazing loyalty and selflessness that dogs are capable of expressing, but this story shows just how far some dogs are willing to go in serving others. Lilica is a mutt in Sao Carlos, Brazil, and she goes the extra mile – literally – on a daily basis. We think there’s a lesson in Lilica’s story that could teach us all a little something about charity, friendship, and sacrifice. If you’ve got a story about an amazing dog you’d like to share, don’t be shy – post it here and let everyone see it! --- Story Begins --- In Sao Carlos, a city in Brazil, there’s a junkyard that plays host to a whole menagerie of stray animals. In this poverty-ridden neighborhood, the animals struggle for survival. A dog named Lilica grew up in the junkyard after being abandoned there as a pup, and eventually had her own litter of puppies there amongst the rubble of the junkyard. As the puppies were weaned, she had to go ranging around the area to find food to bring back to them. The video below shows how this resourceful dog first found a way to feed her pups — and eventually, all her friends too. Every night, Lilica travels a total of four miles along a busy highway to pick up a bag from Lucia Helena de Souza, a teacher and animal lover who’s been feeding strays for years. She gives Lilica a large plastic bag filled with food. Lilica eats from it, but just a small amount. The rest remains in the bag while Lucia secures it for Lilica to bring with her. From the first time Lilica came to her, Lucia realized that the dog had plans for the food beyond eating it herself. One day she followed Lilica to see where she was taking the bag. When she saw Lilica drop it in front of all the other animals, she knew she had found a special dog. To this day, Lilica and all the other dogs continue to enjoy takeout food from Lucia’s kitchen. This story comes to us from and the video is from the Hilton De Paoli Youtube channel.