A video of a dog in the Middle East burying a puppy recently went viral. News media everywhere were posting this video with titles similar to The Huffington Post: “Dog Buries Dead Puppy In Astounding Act Of Mourning”. The video was seen as a sign of compassion, the dog was mourning the puppy, with no evidence if this was a puppy he had ever known.
But, I read in Dogster only a few days later that news writers were now changing their minds. N.Y. animal behaviorist Peter Borchelt saw the video and debated all of the news interpretations of it as being a sign of love and compassion. MSN.com quoted Borchelt, “It’s likely the dog was burying the pup out of the same instinct any dog buries bones. I suspect it was more likely caching dead meat, rather than a soulful response.”
We have all seen evidence of dogs mourning their people. And it is not uncommon for a dog to mourn the loss of a 4-legged family member. But, what do you think is going on in this video? Was the dog acting out of compassion or preparing for his next meal? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment and answering our poll below.
Delivering Calm, four paws at a time…
Receive a FREE DOWNLOAD from the Calm your Canine Companion music series when you sign up for the Through a Dog’s Ear newsletter and/or Lisa’s Blog. Simply click here, enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy!