It is sometimes hard to believe that dogs feel loss as fiercely as humans do, but one hound in mourning provides proof as clear as day by sitting vigil at his deceased owners grave for two weeks. Tommy the dog went without food and steady water sitting through the hot days and cold nights of Chennai, India and refused to leave the gravesite. This loyal dog sat next to the grave of his beloved owner, 18-year-old Bhaskar Shri, who passed away on August 2nd after a car wreck.
Tommy had been a stray adopted by Bhaskar five years before his accident; the people that knew the couple described them as 'inseparable.' The dog went unnoticed by most who passed the grave site, presuming it was some stray taking a rest. When Dawn Williams, an animal rescuer working with the Blue Cross of India, first saw him, it was her presumption as well. However, it was not until two weeks later when she saw that exact same dog, sitting in the exact same spot and severely sickly looking, did she realize that he was clearly in mourning. When she approached the dog, he would not move nor take any food or water.
After questioning some locals about the dog and the grave, Williams tracked down the mother of Bhaskar Shri. Williams took Mrs. Shri to the gravesite and the dog immediately jumped up and licked her face before laying his head down at her feet. Tommy the dog, though unwilling to go with anyone else, was happy to walk away with Mrs. Shri.
Shri had assumed that the dog had run away after her son's death; however, when she realized he was not only alive but also mourning her son just as fiercely as herself she made a commitment to take the dog home and care for him. Together this pair will undoubtedly work through their overwhelming grief.