Dog Cries at Grandmother’s Funeral

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Thankfully this video is short, because it is incredibly heart-wrenching.  A service dog named Wiley appears to be crying at the grave of his handler’s grandmother.

Gladys, the woman who passed, was “a family member, and a supporter,” according to the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Ventura County, California.  “She will be forever missed, especially by Wiley.”

LARC specializes in care for horses and wolfdogs, and they run the Warriors and Wolves program.  Wiley is a “therapy wolf” and helps ease the stress of veterans returning home from war.

The video was posted by sarahvarley13 on YouTube earlier in the month, and has already gotten over 100,000 views.

“I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn’t done it since.  I may be anthropomorphizing his actions but it’s how I’m choosing to deal with loss,” reads the video’s description.

Some commenters believe Wiley is “reverse sneezing,” or very ill.

“For those stating he is dying, I promise he’s not.  We have a veterinarian on staff at the sanctuary and Wiley is just fine,” sarahvarley13 wrote.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Dog Cries at Grandmother’s Funeral”

  1. My dog does this. There is NOTHING wrong with her. She however, gets upset when her humans are upset, and will sometimes have what we have determined are panic attacks.

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  2. I don’t care what anyone says, from that small clip, it does appear the dog is grieving. Dogs feel loss just like we do. Thank you for understanding.

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  3. My little dog did this a lot when my husband went to the hospital and howled long and hard the very same moment my husband passed away even though the hospital was in the next city and my dog was at home. For months after my husband’s passing, the dog dragged my husband’s jacket everywhere with him to lay on and sleep with. He burrowed in it until it was all in shreds. Dogs do grieve and I am honored to learn that their love goes well beyond death. It is wonderful knowledge.

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  4. All animals grieve. People who scoff like to say we are applying anthropomorphic qualities to animals.

    How arrogant.

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  5. WORKED AT A VET HOSP. MANY YEARS, THIS BEHAVIOR IS LIKE A BACK WORDS SNEEZE. IT’S VERY COMMON WITH DOGS AND CATS. BUT DOGS DO FEEL LOSS ALSO.

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  6. This is incredibly sad and crystal clear…this poor dog is mourning the loss of his owner. For anyone to say otherwise, is a fool, an idiot, and clearly does not understand animals behavior. Plus, they’re just a dumb ass.

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