It is said that one day Ruggero II of Altavilla together with his inseparable greyhound were on a hunting trip in the area now called Furnari. A clumsy archer injured the dog. Despite all the attempt to rescue him, the wound continued to bleed. Luckily, in the vicinity of the incident was a humble home of a farmer named Antonio Furnari. Without knowing who the lord was, he responded immediately to the call for help with the few possessions he owned, bandages, water and oil. He washed and took care of the wounded.
The dog, however, still could not move. The King could not do anything but leave it to the farmer, promising that he would return one day to recollect it.
Soon the dog recovered; nonetheless, months passed and his master did not return. The poor peasant, mocked by everyone, did not eat but to feed the wonderful Greyhound determining to keep his word, he kept the dog with him "until he comes." (Finché venga)
One day, suddenly the king returned heralded by trumpets. He was struck by the loyalty of the peasant, thus the king gave him a baron title and the land that is now the municipality of Furnari.
His coat of arms was a dog on a red field with the words "Finché Venga" (Until he comes).