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Loyal Labrador Retriever Mourns At Casket Of Navy SEAL

Loyal Labrador Retriever Mourns At Casket Of Navy SEAL


It was the deadliest incident for coalition forces since the beginning of the Afghan war. On August 6, 30 people perished when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 38, a native of Rockford, Iowa, was one of those 30. Tumilson was one of 30 American troops, including 22 Navy SEALs, who were killed when a Taliban insurgent shot down a Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Tomlinson’s Loyal Dog Hawkeye Refused To Leave His Side

And at his funeral this week, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, draped in an American flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared. Like a fellow soldier on the battlefield, his loyal dog Hawkeye refused to leave him behind.

Hawkeyeís fierce loyalty to his owner is a quiet reminder that Tumilson was loved by all those he touched in his life.


Tumilsonís Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilsonís casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilsonís hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.

Watch Video Of This Heart-Wrenching Event

Click here to see video of this heart-wrenching event.

Hawkeye was such a huge part of Tumilsonís life that Tumilsonís family followed the dog down the aisle as they entered the service in front of a capacity crowd in the gymnasium at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School. Hawkeye then followed Tumilsonís good friend, Scott Nichols, as Nichols approached the stage to give a speech. As Nichols prepared to memorialize his friend, Hawkeye dutifully laid down near the casket.

As for Hawkeye, the loyal Labrador will now be owned by Nichols, Tumilsonís friend.

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8:05AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

a true love ...

12:49AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thanks for heart-breaking story!

2:50AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

It's doggies' love

5:30AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Hawkeye is a loving dog who mourns his friend,I watched the video tears are flowing.If only the world would open their eyes and truely see what loyal,loving and feeling companions dogs and cats are.They are gifts to us and we must treat them as such.We must give them the love and respect they deserve.

6:14PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

My son had two beautiful Huskies.
About a year and a half ago he came home from work and the female Belle was laying by her brother Bear and licking his face,he had died!
My son was so overwrought when he called me.
They had an autopsy performed and Bear had died from old age.
Today when he gets home if he and I are talking on the phone Belle begins to "talk" to my son,their bond is amazing.
Several years ago on Dogs 101, a program on Animal Planet they said animals have no cognitive skills,I beg to differ.
What incredible loyalty this dog showed.

8:36PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

The bond between a dog and its owner is unbreakable. Beautiful story.

5:47PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

what an amazing loyal faithful dog. :)

5:35PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Emotions are emotions!

1:15PM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

It shows the real bond between animals & people. People that don't have animals don't understand

3:57PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Excuse me, but the question "Do animals develop an affection for their "owners"?" is really superfluous!

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