Posted For: Willie Wonka
He was the best boy.
A dog named El Palomo was hailed as a hero earlier this month after he managed to lead police to his 84-year-old owner, who went missing in the desert after getting lost during a walk.
Gregorio Romero left his home on Nov. 27, 2022, for a walk in Moctezuma, Mexico, when he got lost.
Romero’s family reported the man’s disappearance four days later, claiming that it was not unusual for him to wander off to visit other villages and then return a few days later.
Ramona, Romero’s niece, said she grew concerned after several days had passed since Romero suffers from memory loss.
Members of the National Guard, the Municipal Police, the Municipal Civil Protection Unit and even trained sniffer dogs spent a week looking for the man.
It was then authorities turned to the man’s best friend, El Palomo, who managed to find his owner nearly 2 miles from his home a week later — on Dec. 4, 2022.
Romero was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for dehydration and malnutrition for two days. All the while, his loyal companion waited right outside the hospital doors.
“El Palomo remained by the hospital door day and night waiting for the recovery of his beloved Don Goyo [Gregorio],” said authorities.
Following his brief stay at the hospital, Romero went outside to get some sun and was accompanied by his dog, who stayed close by to protect him.
“The unconditional love of his pet allowed Don Goyo to be reunited with his family, because it was El Palomo who led the authorities to where he was,” touted the police.