January 6, 2013

Loyal cat brings gifts to owners grave

Toldo, a beautiful 3-year-old gray and white cat lives in Montagnana, Italy. Toldo has been visiting the grave of his owner every day for the past year. His owner, Iozzelli Renzo,  died on September 22, 2011 at age 71. Toldo normally brings his owner a gift when he visits. 

From Huffingtonpost.com:  The gifts usually consist of leaves, sticks, twigs, plastic cups or paper towels. "Even today I went to the cemetery with Toldo. On the way back, someone I know told me the cat has already been there early this morning," Renzo's widow, Ada, told the Corriere Fiorentino.

Neighbors have also seen Toldo wandering around the cemetery through the day. It all started the day of the funeral, when the cat followed the coffin from the house to the cemetery.
The next morning, Ada went to the grave again. "We went to the cemetery with my daughter and found a sprig of acacia on the grave. I immediately thought that it was the cat, but my daughter was convinced that I was just in a very emotional state at that moment," she told the news source.
That night, however, Renzo's son returned to the cemetery and found Toldo standing guard at the grave.
Ada says that her late husband shared a particularly strong bond with Toldo -- He'd adopted the feline from a cat colony when he was just 3 months old.
Unfortunately, not everyone believes in the sanctity of the relationship between Toldo and his owner. Ada told La Nazione that people often try to shoo the cat away.
"There are insensitive people who send him away with stones or other things, convinced that the presence of an animal in the cemetery is almost a desecration," she told the news source.
Still, Toldo remains resilient and continues to visit the grave everyday.
"My husband was very affectionate with him. Renzo loved animals. It's almost as if Toldo would be grateful. He is a special cat, one can not help liking him, " Ada said."

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