Dogs
Faithful dog insists on staying by owner’s side until the very end
This sweet dog just wasn't ready to say goodbye.
D.G. Sciortino
11.16.21

The bond between a human and their dog is something that can’t be broken.

This kind of bond of love continues even after death.

That’s why Bumer refused to leave his mom’s side even after she passed.

Bumer’s mom, Isabel Benites Chamba, passed away at the age of 95 in Ecuador.

Chamba was laid to rest in a ceremony with family and friends.

And, of course, Bumer. Bumer stayed close by Chamba’s coffin at the funeral home during the wake.

“You could see the loyalty and affection that existed between her and her dog,” a spokesperson for the funeral home, Funeraria Santa Rosa, told The Dodo. “He was always there with his owner.”

A procession then formed to follow Chamba’s coffin to the ceremony, and Bumer, of course, made sure to stay right next to that coffin.

Bumer’s devotion to Chamba was caught on video.

He stands right next to that coffin, as close as he can get.

“He circled the hearse before hopping aboard as if to say, ‘I want to go and say goodbye to my mom,’” the funeral home spokesperson said. “A tremendous example of loyalty.”

Chamba’s passing left Bumer broken-hearted.

According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are aware when their human is no longer with them.

“When an owner passes away before her pet, it can be a confusing, sad, and difficult period, even if arrangements have been made for the animal to be taken care of by someone else,” Russell Hartstein, a certified behaviorist and dog trainer based in Los Angeles, tells the American Kennel Club.

It is normal for dogs to even grieve over the loss of a human they’ve bonded with.

“Dogs are highly intuitive and sensitive, more than people give them credit for,” says Jme Thomas, the executive director at Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.

Dogs are emotionally affected by missing someone who is no longer in their lives.

“My definition of grief is that a surviving animal shows distress through behavior that is markedly divergent from his routine,” Barbara J. King, professor emerita of anthropology at the College of William and Mary and the author of “How Animals Grieve,” said.

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It’s important to be aware of signs of grieving in your pet after they experience a loss such as excessive panting, whining, barking, pacing, fidgeting, loss of appetite, weight loss, lack of energy, listlessness or clinginess, and loss of interest in physical activity.

“I have no doubt that dogs miss us as much as we miss them, and like us, they need time to heal from a deep emotional loss,” a holistic physical therapist for animals and humans Sally Morgan said.

To help a dog from suffering after the loss of a human, it’s best to help them stick to their normal routines and comfort them by spending extra time with them. Make sure to give them lots of love, affection, and pets and to play their favorite games to increase exercise.

You can watch Bumer’s touching devotion to his owner in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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