We all know the story of Romeo who lived and loved in Verona, Italy, but who knew that centuries later, we would have a local Romeo, albeit a lover without a Juliet?
No revved up “West Side Story” drama here. Yet Romeo’s history is short and intriguing, much like Shakespeare’s Romeo. He was found in a West Virginia prison a few years go. A “snitch” reported that a small white dog was living “inside” and was being cared for by prisoners. Apparently the prisoners were skilled at hiding their treasure. He escaped notice for a couple of weeks. Once he was discovered, animal rescue officials came to the prison and moved Romeo to a shelter where he was adopted by an upstanding lawyer in Forest Hills with a strong commitment to rehabilitation.
No one knows how Romeo got into prison, but he apparently had a good experience there. He was healthy and in good spirits when he was sprung. Of course, he’s not talking, but he has found a wonderful home outside the prison gates and occupies himself with the endless fetching and retrieving of any ball that comes his way. He is known for his cheerful personality and his peaceful nature. He is, by far, the most congenial member of his peer group. He exhibits no signs of criminal behavior and his post-prison years are happy ones.
So fortunately, not all tales of Romeo end tragically.