Til they meet again: Heartwarming photos reveal pup’s daily trip to Peruvian beach in hope of seeing fisherman owner return home years after he died at sea
- Pup, Vaguito, lives with a local woman in the Lima district of Punta Negra
- Snaps of him staring at the ocean and lying on the sand went viral after Lima resident Jolie Mejía saw him while she was walking with her family on the beach
- She found the lonely pooch with his collar intact and thought he was just there waiting for his owner to come back
- A resident later shared the sad news the dog visits the beach each day in hope of seeing his fisherman owner, who died at sea years ago, one day return home
Published: 14:07 EST, 28 November 2022 | Updated: 14:11 EST, 28 November 2022
A series of photos taken by a beachgoer captured the heartbreaking moment a pup stood on the shores of a Peruvian beach waiting for his fisherman owner to return home – years after the man died at sea.
‘Vaguito,’ as the pooch is known among locals in the Lima coastal district of Punta Negra, strolls to the beach every day in hope his old pal shows up.
The canine was spotted there by Jolie Mejía while she and her family were enjoying a walk on the beach.
Heartwarming photo of ‘Vaguito,’ a dog from the Peruvian coastal district of Punta Negra, who visits the beach shore every day in hope of reuniting with his fisherman owner, who died at sea several years ago
Jolie Mejía told La Nación newspaper she thought Vaguito had been left behind by his owner until a local approached her at the beach and told her the dog would stroll to the shore alone and stare at the ocean waiting for the return of his owner, who passed away several years ago
She initially thought Vaguito, who had his collar intact, had been left behind by his owner and figured that she would just keep him company until they returned.
‘He didn’t seem abandoned, he was clean, so I petted him waiting for its owner, but minutes passed and no one came,’ Mejía said.
A few moments later, a Punta Negra resident walked up to her and revealed Vaguito’s sad past.
Vaguito has been living with a woman in the Lima district of Punta Negra since his owner passed away several years ago
‘He told us that the animal lived with a fisherman who passed away a long time ago,’ Mejía told La Nación newspaper. ‘And that, since then, the dog comes here every day and looks at the sea.’
According to Mejía, Vaguito was taken in by a local woman following his owner’s death and residents help out with his upkeep.
‘I have a dog at home,’ she said. ‘I love dogs in general. His story really touched my heart.’