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. This is not the least uncommon.
    There are many stories of dogs refusing to leave the site
    of their master’s or family member’s resting place.
    Some traveling miles to do so.
    Some who did not know the place and found it.
    Some who refuse to leave the place in order to guard it.
    Animals senses are not guarded in that they do not
    block information they absorb it and they feel as
    keenly as humans over the loss of a loved one…
    they know when someone cherishes has died
    and they grieve.


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