It has long been said that dogs are man's best friend. Many of us have had that one special dog in our lives who has truly shown us just how accurate this statement is. In the case of Bruno, however, he is not just his owner's best friend - he is the best friend of his whole town.
The residents of Longville, Minnesota have a few things that they can count on: that the winters will be cold, that the summers will be hot, and that Bruno the dog will make a daily visit to town to say hello.
Bruno walks four miles every single day to and from town to visit with his friends, receive some ear scratching, and get a few snacks. He is known and loved in Longville, and has become an icon of the little town.
Scroll through the adorable photos below that are going absolutely viral to see just exactly how loved and loyal this giant pup is.
The town of Longville is definitely on the quiet side. Home to under 200 residents, it is a peaceful and beautiful area to live in. Every single day, however, the population goes up by one - one dog, that is.
For many of us, it might be a little unusual or even concerning to see a giant dog wandering down the highway alone. For the residents of Longville, however, it is a welcomed and cherished tradition. Every day for the last 12 years Bruno has left his home to take a trip into town.
Bruno's owners, Debbie and Larry LaVallee, received Bruno years ago when he was found stranded at the end of their driveway. Since Bruno had nowhere else to go, the LaVallees welcomed him with open arms.
"And that was the beginning of it all" recalled Larry LaValle to Kare11 News.
“The first time I seen him in town, he almost beat me to town,” laughs Larry LaVallee, who used pick up Longville’s trash. “I was picking garbage on the way, and I get in town, and I wasn’t there five minutes, and there’s Bruno.”
Bruno was always a wanderer, and even though the LaVallees tried early on to keep him tied down, they soon learned that the loyal dog would always make his way home in the end.
So, every day Bruno roams. His first stop is usually the deli, where he affectionately receives a snack, and then he'll move on to the ice cream parlor or the gas station.
“It's just been his routine as far back as I know,” Sharon Rouse recounted to Kare11 News. “Everybody knows Bruno,” she laughs, “may not know the people, but you'll know Bruno.”
Bruno has turned into quite the town celebrity in Longville. He is adored by their residents, who even dedicated a carved wooden statue in his honor. “Longville’s town dog and ambassador,” the engraving on the accompanying marker reads.
“He is the mascot of Longville,” Rouse says, explaining how he has every right to receive such an honor.
The Facebook page, Bruno of Longville, Minnesota, goes to show just how proud this little town is of their mascot and their home. Their posts are now being shared by people across the world, all who have seen how one dog in a small town of Minnesota can bring a smile to everyone's face.
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