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Faithful Dog Guards Owner’s Grave for 6 Years (Photos)

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Faithful Dog Guards Owner’s Grave for 6 Years (Photos)

Over the last six years in a cemetery in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina, an extraordinary story has been unfolding.

Capitán is a seemingly ordinary German Shepherd, who lived with a man named Miguel Guzmán, his wife Verónica, and their son Damián. In 2006, Miguel died, leaving his family—human and canine—distraught. In fact, Capitán was so upset that he ran away from home while the others were at Miguel’s funeral. His humans searched for him for a week, but were unable to locate him.

The next Sunday, Verónica and Damián went to visit Miguel’s grave. To their astonishment, Capitán was there, waiting at the grave. He approached them with heartrending barks and howls, as though crying for his lost human. Remarkably, Capitán had never been to the cemetery before, and yet he had managed to track down the exact spot where his human lay buried. When evening came, Verónica and Damián tried to call him home, but Capitán refused to budge. In later weeks, he sometimes spent time with his family at their home, but every night, he would return to Miguel’s grave before dark. Miguel’s widow suggests, “I don’t think he wanted to leave Miguel on his own at night.”

In the Daily Mail, the cemetery director describes Capitán’s ritual of devotion:

“He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master.

During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave [and] stays there all night.”

The cemetery staff make sure to feed and take good care of Capitán as long as he remains there, and Verónica and Damián often visit. Their door is always open to him, but they don’t think it’s likely that he will ever return home full-time. Damián says, “I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery. I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.”


Check out more photos of Capitán and his family below and on the next pages!

Photo Credit: La Voz

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9:18AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

It makes me so sad to think how many humans treat animals, disgusting! And animals are so perfect, so loyal.... Sharing this.

12:30PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:56PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Great story of the love this beautiful dog had for his owner ,it was said he is German Shepherd-my favourite dog I have had 2 and they are the most loving and devoted dogs -of course all dogs can be loyal and devoted and there are many stories of many breeds mourning the death of their owners and many owners who mourn the death of their loving faithful companions -those who abuse them -are the losers in life as they never know the loving bond that exists between man and his -best friend.

12:25PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story about the love and devotion of this wonderful dog. I had to blot the tears off my keyboard before I could write this. Beautiful!

12:08PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

such a great dog and article, thanks for sharing :)

9:42PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Heartbreaking, I wish he'd go home. Such a beautiful dog.

1:25PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

The human/animal bond is a powerful thing. Capitan you will be with Miguel again. I'm glad the cemetery workers are watching out for him too. Beautiful story. Love and good wishes to you Capitan for your devotion and loyalty.

11:42AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

That's loyalty and love !

1:47AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Capitan looks a lot like my GSD, just has a slightly longer coat. He's beautiful. I don't think I can read the entire article, as watching the movie, "Hachi" made me break up so badly that just talking about it to others got me crying all over again. Sort of a similar thing.

9:41PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Wow. Amazing story. I'm sad because the dog was too devoted and that he was really attached. That's one beautiful dog. What breed is he?

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