The Town Dog You Wish You Loved And Knew

It is a thing you see almost every day. Bruno, a gentle dog, can be seen wandering every day into town.

“It’s just been his routine as far back as I know. Everybody knows Bruno, may not know the people, but you’ll know Bruno.”

That’s what Sharon Rouse has to say about Bruno. She watches Bruno’s arrivals from the picture window of the Hansen Realty office every day.

For 12 years now, Bruno has been taking a daily walk of nearly four miles to Longville then heading back home to his owners, Larry and Debbie LaVallee. But what motivates him to do this?

Dog takes a 4-mile walk everyday to visit neighbors

Image: Chad Nelson, KARE

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“The first time I seen him in town, he almost beat me to town. I was picking garbage on the way, and I get in town, and I wasn’t there five minutes, and there’s Bruno.” – says Larry LaVallee, who used pick up Longville’s trash.

“A guy come in my driveway, and Bruno was a little pup and he says, ‘I found your dog at the end of your driveway.’ I say, ‘Well he ain’t my dog.’”

Bruno has been wandering ever since then and the two grew fond of each other.

The town has familiarized themselves with Bruno so much over the years, that the town dedicated a carved wooden statue in his honor that reads:

“Longville’s town dog and ambassador”

Video: Kare11