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
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
"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."