Mulvia is a beautiful German Shepherd female. Quiet and sociable, she has become wise through the adventures she has had to overcome during her six years of life. She is capable of wonderful relationships with people, and on first sight impresses for her affectionate and open behaviour. She left the zone near the necropolis of Porta Vesuvio, where she was the long-time favourite of many visitors, for her new life which will be filled with the love and attention of Albertina and her family. Someone will miss her but it is nice to know that the affection surrounding her will serve to cancel the melancholy shadows which sometimes beset her.The brown eyes of Vesuvius are the mirror of his friendliness. He is a male griffon dog mix with short black fur and with a white mark on his chin and another on his chest. He is very sociable and friendly, and loves walking about and getting himself patted. Everyone who met him in Piazza Esedra, one of his favourite places, knows this: a kind word and a bit of attention were enough to see him wagging his tail while he acted as a guide to the excavations for his improvised family. From now on he won’t have to content himself with those scraps of affection: a real house and, more importantly, a real family are waiting to give him all the love he deserves and which he shall certainly be able to return.
While it is superfluous to talk about the derivation of the name Vesuvius, the history of the name Mulvia must be told. This pretty little wolf of our times’ preferred zone of the archaeological site of Pompeii is the necropolis of Porta Vesuvio. Here there is the tomb of a youth called Vestorio Prisco who died at the tender age of twenty-two. Belonging to a very well-to-do family which was highly visible in the society of the time, Vestorio Prisco had already gained the prestigious title of Buildings Magistrate, an office which he carried out for a short time before his premature death. Such a tragic event was marked in a particular way by his mother Mulvia Prisca who, distraught with pain, honoured her lost son with a funeral ceremony and a burial which cost the enormous sum of two thousand sesterces. This untimely death and its sad epilogue were testified by an epigraph found on Vestorio’s tomb, in the necropolis of Porta Vesuvio.