Last week, after years of illness which had left him paralyzed, 79-year-old Mehmet Ilhan died at a hospital near his home in Bursa, Turkey. For the last two years of his life, Cesur had been Mehmet's faithful companion, so his passing was especially heartbreaking.
"Because of my father's paralysis, they had a different kind of connection," Mehmet's son Ali told The Dodo. "When my father was in the hospital during his last days, Cesur stopped eating."
Still, no one could have expected what happened next.