Your pet is your best friend for good reasons: It loves you unconditionally and is loyal to the very end. But only the most dedicated animals stay true once the end has come. These are their stories. Grab a tissue.
DOG ATTENDS MASS DAILY WHERE OWNER'S FUNERAL WAS HELD
After Maria Margherita Lochi died, her 7-year-old German Shepherd, Tommy, was heartbroken. A funeral was held at the church where Tommy often accompanied Lochi. Since then, Tommy has attended Mass by himself, seemingly waiting for his owner’s return.
Father Donato Panna, the priest at the church, said, "He’s there every time I celebrate Mass and is very well behaved. He's still coming to Mass even after Maria's funeral. He waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have the heart to throw him out — I've just recently lost my own dog so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.”
Everyone in the village has taken it upon themselves to care for Tommy, feeding him and making sure that he’s doing well. (Daily Mail U.K.)
CAT TAKES BUS EVERY DAY
In the town of Dorset, England, a 15-year-old cat named Dodger (after the Artful Dodger) boards the same bus at the station near his home every day. Tom has been known to greet customers and sit on passengers’ laps during the 10-mile round-trip. After the trip is complete, he returns home to his owner Fee Jeanes. While most animals are not allowed on buses, Dodger is an exception. A spokesman for the bus firm said they don’t mind him at all and that he’d be eligible for a free “bus puss,” if those things actually existed. (Telegraph)
DOG SEARCHES BUS DAILY FOR LOST OWNER
In September, a dog in southwest China spent two weeks searching for the owner who left him behind. Every day, Huang Huang boarded the same bus where he was abandoned, sniffing each seat for some sign of his master. He was obedient and patient, waiting for all passengers to board. After his story was publicized, many people came forward trying to claim Huang Huang, but his true owner was not found. (South China Morning Post)
LOYAL POOCH SPENDS YEARS AT MASTER'S GRAVE
Miguel Guzman died suddenly in 2006, one year after he adopted a German Shepherd named Captain for his son. After the funeral, the Guzmans returned to their home and could not find Captain. When they returned to the cemetery, which Captain had never been to, they found him.
“He [Captain] 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,” said the cemetery’s director.
Captain still stays at the cemetery, where the staff take care of him, making sure he’s being well fed. Guzman’s son has tried to take Captain home, but the dog always returns back to his master’s grave. (ABC News)
CAT IN ITALY BRINGS GIFTS TO OWNER'S GRAVE
Toldo the 3-year-old cat has been bringing small gifts to his owner’s grave every day even a year after the owner's death. Toldo's routine began the day of the funeral when the cat followed his owner’s coffin from their house to the cemetery. After that, Toldo stayed in the cemetery, wandering around and gathering gifts of leaves, sticks, twigs, plastic cups and paper towels. (Corriere Florentino)
YELLOW LAB GUARDS MASTER'S GRAVE
A yellow Lab refused to leave the grave of his recently deceased owner. After Lao Pan died, residents of the Chinese village where he lived found his dog resting near his grave. They tried to bring the dog into their homes, but he wouldn't budge. They made sure he was well fed, bringing him food and water, and planned to build him a kennel near the grave. (The Salfordian)
DOG SEARCHES FOR OWNER AT JAPANESE TRAIN STATION
After work, when Hidesamuro Ueno would get to Shibuya Station at 4 p.m., his dog Hachiko would be there, waiting patiently for his arrival. Ueno died in 1925 from an unexpected stroke at work, but that did not stop his loyal Akita from coming to the train station to search for his owner. Every day for 10 years, Hachiko would return to the train station to look for Ueno. The year before Hachiko died, the Shibuya Station installed a bronze statue dedicated to the faithful dog. (Mother Nature Network)
CAT WAITS FOR OWNER AT TRAIN STATION
Every morning and afternoon, Graeme the cat drops off and picks up his owner Nicole Weinrich at the Melbourne train station.
"He always seems to know which train carriage I am on and will be sitting there behind the yellow line when the doors open," Weinrich said.
Graeme has earned himself the name of “train cat,” and has also become famous in his hometown.(Discovery)
BLACK CAT IS WORLD'S MOST LOYAL CROSSING GUARD
If you’re a student at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland, Wash., it’s very likely that Sable helps you cross the street every afternoon. Sable the 15-year-old cat arrives to campus after school like clockwork. At first, Sable’s owner was concerned about his safety, but she began to let it go since he seemed so committed to his duty. A fellow safety patrol adviser says he doesn’t miss any days, even when it’s raining. (New York Daily News)
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DOG DUTIFULLY WAITS FOR OWNER KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Wayne Giroux was loved by many people in his life, but most of all, his dog Spot. After Giroux was killed by a drunk driver, he never made it back home. Since then, Spot has waited around a country road for his owner to return. The Giroux family is unsure whether Spot will give up, but so far, he hasn’t. (Stormtracker12)