After asking some merchants nearby, the volunteers came to learn that the dog had been rescued from the streets by a local teenager who'd made him his pet. Sadly, however, the boy had died in an accident and been buried weeks earlier - and since then, the loyal pet had yet to leave his side.
When Williams learned of the story, he returned to the area and tracked down the boy's grief-stricken mother. She had assumed that the dog, whose name is Tommy, had run away when her son died. Williams knew just where to find the dog, they walked together back to the grave.
"When he saw her, Tommy got up and went slowly to her. It was obvious that he hadn't eaten much (if anything at all) in days," writes the Blue Cross. "Tommy rested his head on her feet and cried some more, as the mother bent down and, lifting his head up, kissed him, before burying her face against his neck and crying."
But in their shared grief over the boy, the mother and dog seemed to form a new bond:
"The mother picked up Tommy and carried him back to her house, telling our team, as she left, that she had wrongfully thought, because her only child had died, that she had nothing to live for."