The story of Japan’s Hachikō is one of the most touching tales about the eternal bond between man and dog around (if you’re not familiar with the story, you can read my post here). It’s also the most popular post I’ve featured here on Dogs Make Everything Better, having been viewed by thousands of people the world over. So I thought I’d share this incredible story that I’d read about a few months ago because it’s very similar. But unlike the tale of Hachikō and Professor Ueno that took place many decades ago, this story is taking place right now.
It’s 2005 in the small town of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina and a man named Miguel Guzman adopts a German Shepherd mix dog named Capitán as a gift for his son Damian. When Mr. Guzman suddenly passes away the following year the family notices that when they returned from the funeral service, Capitán had disappeared. But soon they saw him again.
“We searched for him, but he had vanished,” widow Veronica Guzman told the newspaper La Voz. “We thought he must have got run over and died. The following Sunday we went to the cemetery, and Damian recognized his pet. Capitán came up to us, barking and wailing as if he were crying.”
But get this: the truly amazing thing is that Capitán had never been to the cemetery, or the gravesite. According to cemetery director Hector Baccega: “He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master. During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave, stays there all night.” Mr. Baccega added that the cemetery staff now care for and feed Capitán as he maintains his steadfast vigil.
Damian Guzman says that the family has tried several times to bring Capitán back home, but each time he disappears and returns to the cemetery. “I think he’s going to be there until he dies, too. He’s looking after my dad,” he said.
All photos La Voz.
It is an incredible link between man and beast. We’ve heard about a similar story in the UK. What a choice for the animal to make.
Inspiring but sad. Speaking of the UK, I was so disappointed to learn that the Greyfriars Bobby was probably a hoax!
Oh no! Hadn’t heard about that. I’ve seen the statue and was brought up believing in it :(
I’m still hoping that’s not the case. I’d planned to talk about it in my Hachiko post, but some research dashed my hopes. I made sure to visit the statue in Edinburgh also, and took lots of nice photos!
What a terribly sad reminder of just how loyal our canine friends can be.
Yes, absolutely. I think a lot of people don’t realize that.
Too sad, but I am thankful that he is cared for and fed since he wishes to be there.
I suppose he has something of a new family there.
Omg. Talk about loyalty. Amazing dog. I saw the movie, American version, and I was not able to finish it because I cried so hard that my girlfriend had to stop it so I never saw the ending. It moved me so much to see the level of loyalty of this dog that just like Capitan will keep vigil for his pet parent:)
It really is an incredible story. It’s interesting to think that dogs might grieve for us as much as we grieve for them. But I agree, floods of tears!