"I didn't know what he was going to do," he says. "The first couple of minutes, with everyone around and the cameras, he was like, 'OK, who the hell is this guy?'"
Then Ballato said a simple word to his old friend:
"From that point, it turned around," he says. "Obviously, it was familiar and it was pleasing to him."
And, after 764 days on his own, Bosco was finally home - little worse for his travels save for a small tumor which only recently appeared on his back.