There, on a quiet road in the city of Vibo Valentia, was an older gentleman pushing his dog along in a cart, the pup apparently unable to get around on his own. Grotteria began recording a video as the pair arrived home at the end of a walk.
Though the clip is brief and shot from afar, that snapshot of their daily routine, and the man's dedication to helping the dog cope with his disability, is teeming with love like few others.
"I was so moved that I decided to post it on Facebook," Grotteria told The Dodo.
That's where the touching scene went viral.