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Losing a beloved guardian is the most shattering thing that can happen to a dog. Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial, a funeral service in Langley, British Columbia, recently shared a picture which is really worth a thousand words – capturing the last goodbye that the loving dog was allowed to take part in. Having lost her husband to a sudden heart attack, a woman wished to see him one last time, but not alone. When the man passed away at home, the couple’s dog, Sadie, would not leave his side and soon after began to show signs of depression. She did not want to eat and still waited for her friend to come home every day …

The woman believed that Sadie would benefit from saying goodbye to her beloved guardian – and she was right.


Sadie had lost 10 pounds after refusing to eat in the 10 days after she lost her guardian. However, just like people, it seemed like all sweet Sadie needed was a bit of closure to finally grapple with the reality that her best friend wouldn’t be coming back. According to the widow, when Sadie came home again after the service, she finally ate her first meal in so long.

It’s stories like these that cement the undeniable relationship between humans and dogs. While some people might not think that animals have the same ability to process and understand emotions, time and time again stories like this one prove that theory wrong. Please do us all a favor today and hug your pup just a little bit longer than normal.

Image source: Elements Cremation, Pre-planning & Burial/Facebook

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2 comments on “Heartbroken Dog Who Refused to Eat for 10 Days After Losing Her Guardian Says One Last Goodbye”

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15 Days ago


15 Days ago

Well, that made me cry.. I can\'t think of what to say besides stating the fact,
.......Dogs are wonderful.........

15 Days ago

Many people haven\'t noticed how really smart and sensitive animals are. Even in that case, isn\'t it better to err on the side of compassion and take the time to explain what has happened, and let the animal see the lost friend, if possible? When the first of my elderly cats passed away (She was very close to the end, and we had a vet come to the house to put her down, to avoid any last minute suffering.), we took the other one out to the garden to watch her grave being dug, and her body placed into it. As with us, when the dirt was shoveled over her body, she looked shocked, the seemed to understand, and looked away. She never went around the house, looking for her friend, crying. We felt it helped her to accept and move on.


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