Dog Keeps Watch Over Deceased Owner

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After an extensive search, New York State Police reported the discovery of the body of missing Palmyra resident Thelma Wideman early last week.

The 74 year old woman went missing on July 23rd. She was last seen in surveillance camera footage walking her white Pomeranian, Tucker, near the Palmyra Marina at 8:55 a.m that Saturday morning. Local media put out alerts and searches were conducted in the area, but no trace of Wideman was found.

A New York state police canine unit eventually found Wideman’s body in 5-foot-tall weeds on Vienna Road, not far from her home. Police say they do not suspect foul play: they believe she may have become disoriented in the heat and eventually overcome by it.

Discovered at her side was her faithful dog, Tucker. Despite soaring temps and nearby traffic that could have easily distracted him, the small dog kept watch over his fallen guardian, holding a weekend long vigil until help arrived. Police say the sad little dog is being cared for and is in overall good health.

Wideman Worked in Wayne County for 31 years and was the former Wayne County Emergency Management director for 23 years.

10 thoughts on “Dog Keeps Watch Over Deceased Owner”

  1. I am Thelma’s grandson and the comments everyone has posted are so touching. I just wanted to let everyone know that Tucker is being taken care of by my aunt. She is an SPCA officer and will make sure that Tucker will have a happy healthy home.

    Thanks again for the kind words

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    • Mitchell, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grandmother must have been a truly wonderful and loving woman to have such a loyal and devoted companion in Tucker.

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    • Tucker I am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, what a pretty woman she was and such a sweet smile. I was so touched by the story of how her little Pom stayed faithfully by her side. I am so glad that your Aunt will be taking care of him. God Bless you and your family and my condolences on your loss.

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    • I am sorry for your loss. My your grandmother rest is peace. So very glad to hear Tucker is being well taken care of.

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  2. My deepest condolences to you Mitchell, I know your Aunt is with God and I hope that gives your family comfort.

    As human beings we all can learn from our dogs and pets. They give unconditional love to the end.

    I am often asked do I believe that Dogs and other companian animals go to Heaven. My answer is YES!!
    How could it be Heaven without our dogs?

    Hugs
    Lois

    Do dogs

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