5 Incredibly Devoted Dogs Who Mourned The Deaths Of Their Owners


In June, Canada mourned the loss of fallen Mountie Dave Ross, who was gunned down in a standoff alongside two of his colleagues. But no one mourned the loss quite like Ross's service dog, Danny, a German Shepherd who stood by the RCMP officer's side during his time on the force. Photos from the state funeral show Danny standing anxiously next to Ross's casket, where he reportedly sat whimpering throughout the service.

The Canadian Press The German Shepherd's grief is not only real and deep, but also matched by numerous other dogs around the world who -- like us -- never fully recover from the loss of a loved one. Here are the stories of five other devoted, mournful dogs, who have paid heart-wrenching homages to their deceased owners.

1) Hachik┼Ź

Wikimedia Commons A national icon in Japan, Hachik┼Ź was an Akita who would wait to greet his owner after work at the same spot near the local train station. When Hachik┼Ź's owner died suddenly and failed to show up at the train one day, the Akita was distraught. But, even in his grief, Hachik┼Ź kept returning to his spot near the train station day after day -- for nine years, until his death in 1935.

2) Capitán

La Voz In 2005, Miguel Guzmán decided to get a pet for his son, a German Shepherd named Capitán. Although Capitán might have been meant for Damian, he quickly took to Guzmán. When Guzmán died suddenly the following year, Capitán disappeared shortly after... and turned up at the cemetery where Guzmán had been buried, lying atop his dead owner's grave and whimpering. Capitán refused to come home lives at the cemetery full time.

3) Hawkeye

Like Danny, a Labrador retriever named Hawkeye lost his owner to service in 2011 and couldn't quite keep it together during the funeral. When 1,500 mourners met to bid farewell to Navy Seal Jon Tumilson, the soldier's despairing dog stood out among the crowd, dropping to the ground with a sigh during the eulogies. Photos and reports show Hawkeye laying defeated next to Tuilson's casket for the remainder of the funeral service.

4) Leao

One of the most haunting images to come out of the tragic flooding that devastated Rio de Janeiro in 2011, the photo of a clay-colored dog resting next to a freshly sealed grave put a face to the country's distress. Leao, a mixed-breed puppy, held a one-dog, multi-day vigil for his owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, one of an estimated 900 people that died during the floods.

5) Spot

WFAA Spot spends much of her time on the side of an old country road, where she used to meet Wayne Giroux before he was killed by a drunk driver in 2010. Giroux's son, Paul, checks in on Spot twice a day while she stands guard at her post, but he said he knows it's never him she wants to see. "I have no doubt that's what she's waiting for," Paul told CNN. "If you can ever find anything that loves you that much, it's the most precious gift in the world."