A young woman takes her dying dog to his favorite place in the forest for one last time and comes across a hidden treasure in the woods. But that's not the end of it all, as she discovers something shocking about her pet dog.
After Christine lost her parents at a young age, she was placed in an orphanage. The nurses there loved her, but Christine would still yearn for a family.
Growing up, Christine learned to do everything by herself, so when she left the orphanage, she was a mature, independent young woman. She found herself a job as a waitress, and while it didn't pay her handsomely, it was enough to cover her rent and food.
Christine was thankful for everything she had received in life and knew how to value it. All she wanted now was someone's company, which happened when she came across a cute puppy in a forest ten years ago.
The dog was roaming around in the woods behind her cottage and it was all muddy and stinky. She brought him home, washed and fed him, and named him Leo. When nobody came looking for Leo, she took him in. The doggo became her best friend and was always by her side -- through the good and the bad -- until he fell gravely ill one day.
Leo was Christine's life. | Source: Pexels
Worried, Christine rushed Leo to the vet, who informed her that Leo was nearing the end of his life. Christine couldn't stop crying after learning the bad news. Leo had been her family for the past ten years and she couldn't picture her life without him.
"I love you so much, Leo!" she cried as she served him dinner that night. "Eat as much as you want! I will get you everything you like! Let's live to the fullest while you are here…."
From that day on, Christine took extra care of Leo, fed him his favorite food, and spoiled him with delicious treats. But unfortunately, Leo hardly enjoyed anything as he would always be sick and tired.
Seeing Leo like that made Christine feel awful, so one day she decided to take him to his favorite place in the woods, where they often spent time in the evenings, hoping he would feel better after being there. Once there, she sat on the ground, watching the sunset and gently stroking Leo's back.
Christine and Leo revisited Leo's favorite spot one day. | Source: Shutterstock
"Do you remember the first time we came here, Leo?" she asked him. "You were such a baby back then..."
Suddenly, Leo started whimpering and Christine was worried. "What's wrong?"
Leo stood up and began pulling Christine's jacket as if he wanted to show her something. He couldn't walk, so Christine scooped him up in her arms and asked him to just indicate to her where to stop.
As they walked further into the woods, Christine heard barking sounds. She looked around and noticed two dogs who looked exactly like Leo.
Leo began barking as soon as he saw them, breaking from Christine's grasp. When the dogs noticed him, they ran up to him and began licking him.
"Is this what you wanted to show me?" Christine inquired, patting Leo and the other dogs on the head. Soon after, the two dogs began running deeper into the woods and Leo desperately attempted to catch up with them.
The dogs ran up to Leo and then deeper inside the woods. | Source: Pexels
Christine had her doubts that something was up, especially after seeing Leo's affection for the dogs and their similarity, so she followed them and soon found herself in front of an abandoned cottage. It was literally in shambles, as if nobody had ever stayed there.
Christine followed the dogs as they fled past the damaged door into the cottage. She guessed that particular room had been the living room at one point because of the broken, dusty couch in the center and a wall lined with some photos.
Pets are not our whole life, but they make our life whole.
When she wiped one of the framed photos, it revealed an old couple holding three dogs in their arms. Looking closely, Christine realized the dogs seemed very similar to the younger version of Leo and the other two dogs she'd just met.
Putting the picture back in its place, Christine moved further inside the house until a floor plank unexpectedly broke under her feet and she nearly fell. She looked through the damaged surface and noticed something hidden under it.
Christine found something buried under the wooden planks. | Source: Pexels
She sat down and began to remove the planks one by one, and she discovered a wooden chest in a little pit-like structure beneath the planks. After breaking the lock on the chest with a hammer she found in a drawer, Christine was surprised to find several jewels and gold coins inside it.
She examined the jewels, taking them out of the box, only to find a crumpled letter inside, and that's when she realized that the dogs she'd just met were Leo's brothers. The letter said:
To whoever finds this,
My name is Cynthia Jones, and I am an 88-year-old widow. I was recently diagnosed with a cardiac condition, and I don't have enough time. My son is driving me to the city for treatment, but I'm concerned about my dogs because he intends to leave them here.
My husband and I took care of them together until he died. I have three dogs (Monty, Carlo, and Cooper) and they are brothers. After their mother died, I brought them home. I have been looking after them ever since, and I'm afraid of what will happen to them now. These jewels are the last of my husband's earnings left with me.
The letter was written by Leo's owner. | Source: Pexels
I'm certain the dogs brought you to the chest. This chest used to hold their toys; they are the only ones who know I buried it here. Please keep it to yourself now that you've found it because you've earned it. In exchange, I hope you will adopt my pets and raise them with affection.
Christine was in tears as she read the letter. She wondered what happened that the dogs were separated. However, that didn't matter as they were all together again.
Christine badly wanted to take the two other dogs home, but she noticed they seemed happier around the cottage. So she sold some jewels to repair Cynthia's cottage and brought Leo there to spend time with them until his dying day.
When Leo died, Christine buried him near the cottage. She now goes to his grave after work every day and spends time with the other two dogs. They have become her new family.
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