Worth a thousand words: faithful to the end

This really gives new meaning to the idea of “Man’s Best Friend.”

A dog, ‘Leao’, sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on January 15, 2011.

Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty.

H/T Outside the Beltway


  1. Young Canadian RC Male says:

    This is just truly sad.

  2. Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher says:

    So faithful. So sad.

  3. “Fiel como un perro”; Loyal like a dog, goes the Spanish saying. Very sad indeed.

  4. Oh my – my eyes are filled with tears.

  5. Heartbreaking; woud humans do that for each more often the world might change for the better

  6. To me it transcends sadness, and opens to wonder. How can this dog not also be in eternity with God? I imagine Our Lord will not be outdone in rewarding all who love, human or not.

  7. pagansister says:

    Wonder how long he will stay there? Will someone care for him now? I’ve heard of dogs doing this before. Loyality and love even after death. How do you explain that she is never coming back?

  8. Recently I reread the story of Greyfriar’s Bobby, the dog who guarded the grave of his policeman owner for over 15 years only going to their favorite pub stop once a day for food. He lived over 100 years ago in Scotland. We can learn a lot from animals about Love and devotion. Hope someone will be able to coax Leao to a new home. God rest his owner’s soul.

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