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Heartbroken Dog Refuses to Leave Owners Grave

China1_lgA video of a dog in a small village in China has the web buzzing about his devotion. When 68-year-old Lao Pan died earlier this month, the only surviving member of his family was a small yellow dog that he left behind. His little companion has refused to leave his burial site since his owner's death. When villagers noticed the dog lingering around the grave, they began bringing him food and water since he had not eaten in a week. Some villagers even tried to coax the dog away and back to the village, but he always finds his way back to the grave site. Now villagers are planning to build the dog a kennel near the site where his owner is buried.

Social media is loving this dog. People have been tweeting that this story is "heartbreaking," and saying that it made their heart smile and cry simultaneously. The loyal canine is also reminding people of the 19th century's legendary Greyfriar's Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Scotland who returned to his owner's grave every day for 14 years. A statue was erected in the dog's honor in Edinburgh shortly after its death, and has become a well-known tourist attraction. The U.S. has its own version of a well-known loyal canine.

Earlier this year, another video of man's bestfriend went viral. The footage shows Hawkeye, a Labrador retriever, the devoted dog who refused to leave the side of his owner, fallen Navy Seal Jon Tumlinson at his funeral. Regardless of people wanting to debate if animals are like a member of the family, one thing is certain, all of these canine's bring the adage of "man's best friend" to life.

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Gryphon

What a wonderful, yet sad story! Dogs can be incredibly loyal, to a fault. This is a great example of that point. Undoubtedly, the dog significantly enhanced this 68 year old gentleman's life during their years together. The back story of this article, though, is the concern and generosity of the villagers. Such a contrast from the numerous stories of animal abuse we hear so often. Good for them!!

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