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


Photos Credit: La Voz

A visit with Verónica and Damián, his remaining family:



Photos Credit: La Voz



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J.J. van Dongen
J.J. v2 years ago

Dogs know more about loyalty and love than humans do.

Maureen King
Maureen King2 years ago

To Diannel. Have the movie"Hachi".First time I watched it with my g/children.I was an emotional wreck.They were visible moved.
Recently g/daughter (16) stayed overnight.Told her to put a movie on.Asked her what she picked.She said"Hachi".I said"OH NO,HERE WE GO AGAIN !!!.
So I relate to your comments!!!.
Amazing how dogs we don't know can evoke such an emotional response.
Have a great day.Cheers.

Maureen King
Maureen King2 years ago

Such a moving article.These stories just reinforce the love I have for all animals,mostly dogs. Have had 3 different (mixed ) breeds. All displayed the same degree of emotional attachment and bonding.All have passed.Am grateful to have shared the relationships.Have lovely memories of them and their antics.(swear they had a sense of humour.)Although not guard dogs,never doubted their protection.Their emotional bonds,limitless loyalty and genuine affection,characteristics displayed,not just to humans but their own kind and other animals as well. Qualities that some humans would benefit from developing.Dogs amazing capacity to forgive (humans) and re- bond after horrifying degrees of abuse inflicted on them (by humans). To me,purely an emotional attachment and exchange.Accept you as you are.Don't care if you are rich /poor,size of your house.Don't want presents,to move to a better neighbourhood,etc. You can't buy their affection.

Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

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

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

valda p.
valda p4 years ago

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.

Carla van der Meer

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!

Carrie Anne Brown

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

Penny Bacon
.5 years ago

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

Loretta P.
Loretta P5 years ago

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.