Lovesick dog walks 10k to see Naples sweetheart

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The Dachshund travelled 10km to be with his love. Photo: Scott Beale
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They say love knows no distance, but when hearts are yearning, sometimes the only option is to bridge the gap: that’s exactly what Toto, a Dachshund, or sausage dog, did when he dodged traffic to cross two Campania provinces in search of his love.

Toto who lives in the town of Scafati, in Salerno, met Lilly, a fellow Dachshund, this summer when their respective owners struck up a friendship while on holiday.

When the dogs clapped eyes on eachother, it was love at first sight and they became inseparable, with Toto spending some time at Lilly’s home in the Naples town of Casola, reported.

But Toto soon had to return home, plunging him into the depths of despair.

“His eyes became sad, he could no longer see his sweetheart,” the news website said.

Driven by melancholy, the Dachshund masterminded a way to be reunited with the love of his life, and so set off on the 10km journey between the two towns, avoiding cars along the way.

His anxious owners launched a search for their pet, and had given up hope of finding him when they received a call from their friends in Casola.

As a hunting dog, the Dachshund - a breed whose average height is 8-9 inches at the shoulder - was no doubt guided by his great sense of smell, as well as his strong bond with Lilly, of course.

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So much so, Toto managed to track her down at her home, where Lilly's owners were alerted to his barking outside.

Toto was soon back with his relieved owners, but only after they made a pledge with Lilly’s owners – that the pair would spend as much time as possible together so that they can live their love story. 

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