This is a story that will make a dog lover cry. Dogs have feelings and souls. Often they are the most loyal of companions. They love us even when we get cranky and often protect us as if they are themselves angelic. I was deeply touched by the story I read on the link below and the photo of the dog, Hawkeye. Hawkeye is a black labrador retriever who walked up to the casket of his owner, a fallen Navy Seal named Jon Tumilson of San Diego, CA. He walked up the aisle to the casket and laid down after a heavy sigh as 1500 mourners watched.
There is no other bond like that of a dog and his or her master, and the mourners followed Hawkeye as he walked up the aisle to the casket. While this dog will be cared for by a good friend, I want to take the time to remind people that many Native Americans refer to people as “dog people” for a reason. They also call birds “bird people” at times, etc… Nobody will ever convince me that these animals have no feelings, emotions or souls. I was faced with a decision about my 13-year-old dog named Buddy earlier this year. He had contracted heart worms. He is better now. They went ahead and gave him one more set of shots today and will do blood work in two weeks to make sure they are ALL gone. They are HARD to get rid of. People, take care of your pets–one mosquito bite is all it takes to make your dog very ill.
However when I say this dog is a family member, I mean it. I would sleep in my car before giving Buddy up and now my whole family is aware of this fact. He is a very intelligent and well-behaved animal. I look into those eyes and see just how much trust and love he has for us in them and that is what matters the most. I am sure that Hawkeye had that type of bond with his master too. I also watch Buddy around other people. I know who to steer clear from as he has a keen sense of who is a decent person and who is not.
I also know that my bond with this dog is such that when he does pass over, I will not have another dog. No other animal can replace this one in my life. He loves taking walks with me and spending quality time with us all. He even sits and watches TV with us and such. What is funny is when he tries to carry a conversation. I’ll tape that and put it on YouTube! At the end of a day, he is always sleeping beside my bed, too.
I hope this story in the link touches your heart as it did mine.