His Owner Died Over a Month Ago But He Refuses To Let Him Go

Ever since I saw the movie Ol’ Yeller, I have had a love for dogs. I got my first puppy when I was seven years old, and we became fast friends. He was a German Shepherd named Lucky. He had been homeless and was caught and placed in the pound. That’s where my father found him. Dad rescued him and brought him home. We think that was, indeed, lucky – for Lucky and for us!

Dogs can take a special place inside of our hearts. They are there during the high and low times in our lives – and they love us through it all. They are the best companions and confidantes.

Dogs also don’t understand when they lose someone. We humans, struggle to understand loss – so we can only imagine how a dog must feel when all of a sudden his master isn’t there one day.


Grief brings feelings of sadness and despair. The German Shepherd mix in this video certainly seemed to be feeling those things. So much so, that he has been attending mass at the Roman church where his owner’s funeral was held.

After following his owner’s coffin up to the church on the day of the ceremony, the dog returned the next day – and the next – and the next.

Local villagers have helped Tommy by leaving out food and water for the mourning dog.

What does this teach us about grief?

Dr. Tabor’s Three Things to Learn About Grief

1. We can find solace in God. – God wants to comfort us in our sorrow. The Bible says that Jesus was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. He himself wept at the tomb of his friend Lazarus – even though he would raise Lazarus from the dead. It seemed to be his realization of death and grief in the world that made him weep.

2. We all grieve differently.- Some people seem to be able to move through the grieving process quickly, while for others it can take years and years. We are all different. The nature of each loss is different. Some might need to return to touch-points daily, while others may not need that. We need to remember that there is no “right” way to grieve. We need to give grace in the face of grief – whether to others or ourselves.

3. We need the support of others. – When we are grieving we can neglect our own personal needs for food, water, rest and socialization. Allowing others to come alongside and help us can go a long way to easing our grieving process.

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