Loyalty – Dogs and Humans do share a special bond

Hawkeye at his master's funeral

Lisa Pembleton, Navy Seal Tumilson’s cousin: Hawkeye is/was his loyal “son”. To say that he was an amazing man doesn’t do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable. I hadn’t planned on taking any pictures other than with family. However, from my seat
at the funeral, I felt compelled to take one photo to share with
family members that couldn’t make it or couldn’t see what I could from the aisle. This is that photo…

While the particular circumstances of this photo leaves some doubt (more here) about the accuracy of all the interpretation about this on the internet, this image does touch something on a very deep level.

Photo K9 Storm

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It can help significantly for the dog(s) to see the dead body. This is also true for many cats. Allowing them this opportunity to “view the body” helps them come to terms with the reality of another’s demise. How and what they process cognitively in terms of death we can only guess. But we do know that many animals showing distress before they view the body become more settled afterwards. – Dr. Fox, twobitdog.com