Loyal Dog Refused to Leave Deceased Owner’s Side

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bullterrier_sadDespite the scorching 100-degree Oklahoma heat, one man’s very best friend stayed fiercely loyal to the end, and beyond.

Oklahoma animal control officers were called to the scene of a homeless man’s death when his loyal companion, a Bull Terrier, refused to leave his side, despite having no food or water and suffering in the extreme heat.

As officers pulled the dog away, he continued pulling toward his owner’s body. His owner had died of natural causes.

“The dog kept wanting to pull back to go back to where the remains of where the deceased owner was,” Oklahoma City Animal Shelter supervisor Sheridan Lowery told KFOR.

Now in a shelter, the heartbroken dog will not eat, sleep, and most times won’t even lift his head. He is completely grief stricken.

“Their owner is deceased. They don’t know what is going on. They don’t know how to act. They don’t know how to react,” explained Lowery.

For now, officers are trying to locate family members of the deceased man in hopes that they can help the terrier come out of his shell. If no family steps forward, he will be placed for adoption.

“If he’s shown this kind of attachment, this kind of dedication to family he could make a really good family pet,” says Lowery.

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  1. I had a bull terrier who passed away suddenly last year at three years old. Such a sweetheart of a breed. I’d take him in a heartbeat if I could afford to get him to Montreal!!!

  2. Beautiful he deserves a lovely life …dogs are more loyal then humans….espesial this one the been living in the street. …he need home forever.

  3. This dog is NOT a pit bull, as he is referred to a couple of times in the video. He is an English Bull Terrier, and they are the sweetest dogs! I had one I rescued at 6 years old from a truly neglectful life, and she was amazing. I would take this dog in a heartbeat, if they can get him to Oregon. <3

  4. This is amazing. I have two Boston Terriers and the one that we saved from a puppy mill, shows that kind of love and dedication. I had bronchitis in February and was on a breathing machine every 3 hours. For two nights I had to sleep in a recliner and Flossie slept with her head in my lap. When I got up to take my breathing treatment, she got up with me and laid by my feet while I did the treatments. Then she followed me back to the chair.

  5. I would love to take him but I already have a rabbit that is cage free. I would love to take his dog and do everything I can to give him the love and care he is missing now. I pray this dog moves on and lets another person become his new best friend. He looks so sad it breaks my heart.