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Dog Turns Up to Dead Owner's Church Every Day

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Two months after his owner died, a dog in Italy keeps turning up each day at the church she used to attend.

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Barbara K (60)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 11:23 am
Another perfect example of how loving and loyal pets are. Makes us wonder how on Earth can people abuse them so. Thanks, my friend. Hope the dog finds a new loving home soon and can stop grieving.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 11:49 am
What a great story! What a wonderful dog. I'm so glad that the population & the priest have adopted him, so perhaps he'll suffer less the loss of his mistress with others to love him.

I found this one, too: A FAITHFUL dog has refused to move from his master’s grave for SIX YEARS, a family claims.

German Shepherd pet Capitan ran away after his owner Miguel Guzman died in 2006.

A week later Mr Guzman’s family went to pay their respects at his tomb and found the heartbroken hound sitting there, howling.

Since then the grieving dog has rarely left the spot at the cemetery.

Mr Guzman bought Capitan as a present for his 13-year-old son Damian in 2005 but died suddenly in March the next year.

When his family returned from the funeral Capitan was gone. “The following Sunday we went to the cemetery and Damian recognised his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying."

“We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place.

“We went back the next Sunday and he was there again. This time, he followed us home and spent a bit of time with us, but then went back to the cemetery before it started getting dark.

“I don’t think he wanted to leave Miguel on his own at night.”

Cemetery director Hector Baccega remembers the day he first saw the dog.

He said: “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.”

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Stan B (123)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:08 pm
How can anyone not love dogs? Thanks B.

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:42 pm
So true, Stan, but Muslims infamously do not, thanks to Old Mo telling his Muslim followers to kill dogs, which they are still doing to this day.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:42 pm
Pets can grieve too.

jan b (5)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:48 pm
More loyal than some people.

Gloria p (304)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 3:55 pm
RIP Maria. G-d bless you Ciccio.

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (41)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:34 pm
Amazing dog :) . My tears are rolling down he reminds me my previous dog ( germ shepherd ) who died in 2010 and i missed him so much :( . Dogs are our best friends and i love dogs so much !! thanks for beautiful story . Poor dog he must be very sad :(:(

Christeen A (371)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 4:44 pm
This is a beautiful story. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 5:24 pm
What an incredible loving animal story. I think this picture should be made into billboards and plastered all over China,Korea,Phillipines,Bali and Thailand so then just maybe they can see what amazing animals these dogs are,and stop the dog meat trade!!!! Anyone up for billboards???

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:16 pm
Dogs are so smart and they let you know exactly what they are thinking! What a beautiful dog!!!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 11:18 pm
Peasant Diva..I read that story too and saw the dog laying on top of the grabe!!!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday January 18, 2013, 5:19 am
like Hachi.....I feel his sorrow.......poor thing

paula eaton (30)
Friday January 18, 2013, 7:29 am
Poor dog.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday January 18, 2013, 12:20 pm
Heart-rending. Please someone give sweet Ciccio a home and lots of hugs.

Natalie V (27)
Friday January 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
noted, thanks

. (0)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:20 am
One would think this grieving animal would be allowed to sleep inside the church....I guess this parish needs a refresher in what "all God's children" means.
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