The profound grief experienced by a dog over the loss of his owner is a heart-wrenching testament to the deep emotional bonds dogs form with their human companions. In a poignant and deeply moving incident, Wiley, the wolf dog, grapples with the overwhelming sorrow of losing his beloved owner, Gladys, and struggles to come to terms with this new, stark reality.
In a poignant video captured during Gladys’ funeral, the depth of Wiley’s grief becomes unmistakably evident as he weeps uncontrollably while lying beside her tombstone. This heartrending sight of Wiley shedding tears and trembling resonated deeply with the viewers who witnessed this heartrending display of affection and loss.
Amid the emotional turmoil, a compassionate family member in the video reaches out to offer solace to the grieving canine, gently uttering: “We miss her, too”. This poignant exchange serves as a touching reminder of the profound connection that can exist between humans and their canine companions.
This touching video, shared on YouTube by user SarahandtheWolves, has garnered an astounding 9,174,611 views, a testament to its profound impact and the outpouring of sympathy it has evoked.
It’s worth noting that Wiley is a part of a remarkable pack of wolf dogs that provide invaluable support and rehabilitation to veterans grappling with PTSD upon their return from combat. These remarkable animals receive care and attention from the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), a specialized facility dedicated to the well-being of wolf dogs and horses.
In response to the concerns expressed by viewers regarding Wiley’s well-being, SarahandtheWolves included a caption to reassure them that he was receiving the necessary care and attention. The caption read: “I’m not a care expert, so I can’t say for sure if he suffers from reverse sneezing like some of you… I can tell you that this behavior is completely new and unusual for him. It’s something I’ve never seen before or since. Perhaps this is just my way of romanticizing his actions. It’s helping me cope with the loss… Whenever someone expresses concern that he might die, I reassure them that he’s not. The shelter vet, Wiley, is really great”.
For those interested in witnessing this poignant moment of Wiley’s grief and loyalty, you can watch the video: