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Faithful Dog Lies at Casket of Navy SEAL

Faithful Dog Lies at Casket of Navy SEAL

Approximately 1,500 people and one dog attended the funeral of Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Tumilson, who was one of several Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this month, when the helicopter was shot down.  Jon’s faithful Labrador, Hawkeye, lied by his side one last time, but this time there was no warm hand to reach out and gently pet him. Instead, he was lying by the Navy SEAL’s casket, draped in an American flag. Apparently, nobody placed him there, Hawkeye just walked up to the casket, lied down with a sigh, and mourned, along with Jon’s family, friends, and community members of Rockford, Iowa.

The faithful canine companion now has a new home with Tumilson’s friend Scott Nichols. Dogster reported that Hawkeye is very familiar with Nichol’s home, as he would spend months at a time there when Tumilson was deployed. Scott and Hawkeye will most likely help each other heal the pain of their enormous loss.

Do you have any stories to share about the intuition of pets and devotion to their people? While this one is heart wrenching, I’m sure many Care2 readers have stories about faithful furry friends that have happier endings. Thanks for posting your comments below.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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4:51PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

They show there beauty and devotion in more ways than can be counted,i would trust my dog over a human anyday,they don't lie they don't cheat,they only know how to love,and thats not bad at all.....

2:16PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

This sums the innocents up ,proud ,loving, giving, warm hearted creatures.How great the animals are all creeds, breeds, shapes, and sizes.!How my body and heart tingles at the simplicity of them.

12:22PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Sad poor baby
Sorry for the loss of this wonderful & brave soldier!!
Thank you soldier Tumilson for giving your ALL

6:13AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

moving

7:24AM PDT on May 15, 2012

this made me cry.

10:41PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Let's hope he is familiar with the people so he doesnt mourn for long. I had a dog die of a broken heart, as did my Daddy when he went off to WW2.

4:26PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

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8:51AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Awwww!!!!

7:03AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

So sad

6:55AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

There is nothing new revealed by this story. There are people who believe that dogs don't have feelings, but that's FALSE. Like people, they feel pain and experience grief. The only difference is they can't speak a human language, however, they have their own way of communicating.

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