While we are all busy with our daily routine, we might overlook those who need us, at times, it could be the most minor thing they need from us that will save their lives.
One evening five years ago, an unexpected customer dropped by Gerardo Ortiz’s restaurant, Ajilalo, in Peru. It was a stray dog, a look of hunger in her eyes.
Although Gerardo could easily reject the homeless dog, he instead provided him with a nice complimentary lunch prepared just for him.
Each evening, from then on, the hungry dog came and received a free meal from Ortiz’s restaurant. Gerardo’s restaurant gives the starving dog a free supper every day after that.
But it didn’t take long for word of Ortiz’s kindness and generosity to spread among the community of local stray pups.
But it wasn’t long before the man’s kindness and generosity became known among the many other strays in the town. More dogs quickly began to arrive, and of course, Gerardo welcomed them with a delicious meal.
Often, as Ortiz is working, he’ll look up and see a new dog’s face at the front — waiting politely to see if the rumor that free food can found there is true. It always is.
“For me, they are the best customers,” Ortiz told.
And his human customers hardly take that as a slight. Inspired by Ortiz, they often bring food for the visiting dogs as well.
According to Gerardo, who spoke to The Dodo,
“They are, in my opinion, the best customers. Fortunately, our clients have had a positive reaction to dogs. They treat them with affection.”
Currently, Gerardo and his restaurant are visited by many homeless dogs, some are regular customers and others are new visitors passing through. Of course, they all have something in common, and that is to be able to satisfy their hunger thanks to the delicious food that the good-hearted man offers them.
“They don’t pay us in cash; instead, they pay us with delight and wagging tails. They are appreciative, and we prefer to give rather than receive. Animals have always piqued my interest since I was a youngster. My mother instilled in us the value of assisting others, both humans and animals. She is a role model for me.”