To see 11-year-old Rocco Risso with his best friend in the entire world, a rescue dog called Jack, is to know what the true meaning of friendship is. That’s why, when Jack went missing recently, Rocco was devastated. He missed his best friend a lot, but he never gave up faith in finding him once more. Recently, he had that faith rewarded, and Jack is back home!
“I can’t explain how much Rocco cried and missed him for all those months,” the boy’s mother, Romi, told The Dodo. “But he always believed that Jack would reappear.”
Rocco and his family spent a lot of time looking for Jack. They searched all over where they live in Argentina, but Jack was nowhere to be seen. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. Time may have been passing, but Rocco’s love for Jack and his faith that he’d find his friend never wavered.
One day, Rocco woke up and told his mom that he had had a dream about Jack that night. He had dreamt that he had found his friend, and they were very happy to be together. Now, some might dismiss that as just a kid’s dream, but Rocco knew that it meant so much more than that.
That very same day, someone who lives near Rocco and his family happened to see a stray dog wandering around. They got a bit closer, and quickly realized that they were looking at Jack! They got a hold of Rocco’s mom, and she almost didn’t believe it at first. But it was true: Jack was finally home!
“I told Rocco that I had a gift for him,” Romi said. “When I called him to the front yard and he saw his friend Jack, I felt he was reborn. He kept saying, ‘I knew it.’”