Throughout nearly every culture on Earth, there are very specific rules and traditions that dictate how a person should be buried and how their loved ones will mourn them. That said, we humans aren’t always the only ones left behind who want to pay our respects.
Nothing confirms this as much as what happened just the other week in Malaysia. While the family of an elderly woman were preparing to march to the cemetery so they could lay her body to rest, they noticed that an unexpected mourner had joined them.
It was the woman’s dog, Bobby, and he’d been following them for two miles.
Following the death of his great-grandmother, Leong Khai Wai and his family and friends planned a funeral that involved a procession to the cemetery. Two miles into their trip, however, they realized his great-grandmother’s dog, Bobby, was following them.
Instead of waiting for a ride, Bobby just trotted along behind the motorcade, as if he knew exactly where they were heading. “I don’t think anyone knew he was following,” Leong explained in an interview.
Once they arrived at the cemetery and readied the coffin for burial, Bobby lied down beside it and refused to move. There, he waited quietly and patiently for them to proceed with the ceremony.
The grieving pup’s loyalty did not go unnoticed by the family and friends in attendance. “They said it was the first time they’d ever seen such extreme loyalty in a dog,” Leong remembered.
There really is no end to the connection formed between person and their pooch. Bobby clearly loved his owner, and he’s undoubtedly going to miss her. At least he was able to say farewell.
It’s likely the woman’s family and friends won’t soon forget the sight of Bobby running along behind the cars…
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Dogs really are man’s best friend, huh? Of course, this isn’t the first—or last—time a dog will do something similar to what Bobby did, but there’s just something about his story really stands out.
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