Updated 26 February 2018

Faithful dog dies next to owner's grave after refusing to leave the spot for 10 years!

His owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006.

A dog has passed away at the side of its former owner’s grave – which is where he’d spent the past 10 years.

Capitan, a 15-year-old German Shepherd, was found at the grave in the municipal cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, a city in the state of Cordoba, Argentina.

His owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006. Some months later the dog went missing from the family home.

Guzman’s family thought Capitan had run away but were shocked to learn he’d been by his owner’s graveside the whole time.

No one’s sure how Capitan found the cemetery where his owner was buried.

Hector Baccega, director of the cemetery, told local media: "The dog appeared here by itself, going around the whole cemetery until it arrived, by itself, at its owner’s grave.

"Nobody had brought him here."

Capitan lived in the cemetery for more than 10 years. About four years ago he was taken to a vet and diagnosed with kidney failure.

The vet who treated Captian, Cristhian Sempels, told reporters, "Unfortunately his age and this condition meant he couldn’t hold on.

"We could have admitted him but only so that he could die in a veterinary surgery, so we preferred to leave him and attend to him in the cemetery where he lived and felt calm."