A sorrowful Husky, its heart in fragments, unable to contain its grief, wailed inconsolably next to the marker of its beloved owner

Grieving a dog battles to accept the death of his beloved owner. Unable to understand her disappearance, he laments her tomb next by. This moving exhibition shows the close emotional link dogs have with their owners. Being quite close to his late owner, Gladys, Wiley, the wolf-dog, found it especially challenging to accept her death. Wiley is shown in a heart-wrenching video crying consolingly at Gladys’ funeral site and laying sorrowfully on her headstone.

Thousands of viewers have connected with the sad footage, which shows Wiley’s tears and shaking as relatives surround him. One family member is seen reaching out to console the bereaved dog, so acknowledging their shared loss. Having been posted on YouTube by user SarahandtheWolves, the video has garnered more than 9,474,611 views.

According to the YouTube account Sarah and the Wolves, Wiley is one of a group of military wolf-dogs who assist veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following their return from war. Through LARC, the Lockwood Animal Rescue Centre, which focuses in wolf-dog and horse care, these wolf-dogs provide rehabilitation and treatment.

The user also answered questions regarding Wiley’s welfare to help to allay worries. Many people were moved to tears by a Husky named Luna’s unquenchable grief as she weaved sadly next to her beloved owner’s tomb monument. Luna’s extreme anguish clearly showed the link between humans and animals in this heartbreaking moment set at a little, quiet graveyard.

For seven years Luna had been a devoted friend to her owner, David. Daily walks, quiet times for introspection, and an unspoken understanding that frequently exists between a person and their dog defined their relationship—one of mutual love and friendship. Just a pup, David, a nice man, had taken Luna from a shelter. They were inseparable going forward from that day.

David sadly died suddenly, leaving Luna to negotiate a life without of her best friend. Friends and relatives observed that Luna behaved quite differently in the days following David’s death. She withdrew, avoiding meals and rejecting the consoling attempts of others around her. She seemed to be waiting for David to get back, unable to understand his absence.

The funeral day proved very challenging. David’s family brought Luna, who seemed to grasp the weight of the occasion. Luna started to moan as they got to the grave—a sound of anguish and uncertainty. Luna stayed David’s side when the ceremony ended and the mourners began to go.

Luna’s whipples became sad screams as she sat next to the recently turned ground. Her voice clearly reflected the grief in the still cemetery. One of the most terrible sounds witnesses had ever heard, they said Luna’s cries connected with everyone in attendance, a visceral statement of pain that spoke of a great, permanent loss transcending words.

Attempts to gently pull Luna from the tomb ran up opposition. Laying down next the memorial marker, she rested her head on the ground as though attempting to sense David’s presence one last time. To at last send Luna away, it needed hours of mild persuasion and the promise of returning the next day.

Luna’s grief was not overlooked. Many who understood the close relationship between her and David found great emotional resonance in her story soon after it began. Pet owners and animal behaviourists both showed their compassion, pointing out that Luna’s loss was evidence of the depth of relationship animals can experience for their human friends.

Though she kept visiting David’s tomb often, Luna gradually started to change for life without him in the next weeks. Her narrative provides a window into the emotional life of our cherished animals and reminds us powerfully of the loyalty and love animals are able to produce. Luna’s agonising cries at David’s tomb are a moving tribute to the lifelong relationship between a dog and their person, one that even death cannot cut off.

“I’m not a vet, so I can’t say if he’s reverse sneezing like some of you,” SarahandtheWolves wrote. I can tell you this. Though I could be anthropomorphizing his behaviour, this is how I handle loss…”

“Also, I can tell you he’s not dying for those claiming otherwise. Wiley is fantastic; the refuge has a veterinarian on call

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