Video: Dog Mourns Previous Owner’s Death, Refuses to Leave Grave When New Owner Calls

By Margery Dunn, Epoch Times
July 9, 2019 Updated: July 11, 2019

When a dog’s owner passes on, does the dog actually grieve and remember its owner? Perhaps. Dogs have the same neurology and chemistry as humans; thus, they may experience emotions similar to us, according to Dr. Stanley Coren.

Trained animal behaviorists can tell if a dog is happy by checking whether its posture is relaxed, hair is smooth, and whether it is wagging its tail. A worried dog would be lying down, avoiding eye contact or have its head turned away from you with its ears back, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Experts also point out that dogs, like children, may not necessarily understand the permanence of a person’s death,  according to Dr. Coren.

In an unusual event in Amsterdam city, New York State, a touching video shows how a heartbroken dog during a visit to the grave of its previous owner refused to leave the site.

Deta at previous owner’s memorial stone. (©Video Screenshot | Newsflare)

The dog’s 86-year-old owner had died, and the 5-year-old Chihuahua mix, Deta, was under the care of her daughter, Theresa Morini, and her husband. Deta, meaning “little” in Slavic, belonged to Morini’s mother for the first five years and had been a constant and loyal companion to her according to the Metro.

Then in November 2017, two months after her mother’s passing, Morini and her husband decided to visit the cemetery where her mother and her mother’s late husband were buried.

“My husband and I were placing a Christmas wreath on my mother’s grave,” Morini said.

Faithful dog refuses to leave owner's grave

I cried a river watching this. What a loyal dog! 🐶🥺Credit: Newsflare

The Epoch Times စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၉၊ ဧပြီ ၅၊ သောကြာနေ့

The new owners took a video of the touching moment when little Deta refused to leave her previous owner’s resting place. After laying the wreath, Theresa and her husband called for Deta as they were preparing to leave. “Come on Deta, let’s go,” Morini is heard saying in the video, as she encouraged the dog to leave the grave and follow them back.

“What a good girl,” Morini said, as Deta stood up and started to walk towards the car. However, the dog stopped midway and sat down. She cocked her head to the right, paused, then turned and trotted back to the grave.

“Deta, you have to leave the cemetery, come on,” Morini’s husband said, trying to persuade Deta to go back to the car. But Deta just lay there unmoved, curled up and forlorn, looking at them silently.

“That stone Deta is laying next to belongs to my father and mother,” Morini said according to The Mirror. “You can still see the fresh dirt on my mothers’ grave.” Seeing Deta lying close to her mother’s grave and refusing to budge, Morini was brought to tears.

In the end, Morini’s husband had to physically scoop Deta up and carry her back to their car.

Theresa Centi Morini စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၃၊ မတ် ၈၊ သောကြာနေ့

We don’t really know what Deta felt or saw at the cemetery, but from her behavior and body posture, Deta still seems to remember her owner and knows that she was buried there. Might it be possible that dogs have a sixth sense and are able to connect with things unseen? Was Deta’s reluctance to leave her previous owner’s grave because she was grieving or was waiting vainly for her owner to return?

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, dogs may show signs of being upset or distress when suddenly separated from people they are attached to, called separation anxiety. It lists various ways separation anxiety may manifest and recommends increasing mental and physical stimulation so that they are fully engaged and occupied.

Deta’s behavior serves as a touching reminder to us that dogs have feelings too and that they remember and perhaps grieve just like us humans.