Capitan was a 15-year-old German Shepherd who insisted on living beside his owner’s grave for 10 years. He died waiting beside his master’s grave in the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, a city in the Argentinian state of Cordoba.
The owner of Capitan passed away in 2006, the Guzman family adopted him. However, after a few months, Capitan went missing. Thinking he had run away, The Guzman family were shocked to hear where Capitan had gone to.
The German Shepherd Of Loyalty
Hector Baccega, the director of the cemetery, found Capitan hanging around his master’s grave. No one knows how Capitan found the cemetery where his master was buried. The family has never shown him the cemetery before. Capitan found it all on his own.
Hector Baccega reported to the local media at the time and said: “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 and stays there all night.”
Living at the cemetery for the next ten years, Capitan became famous around the world. Everyone admires his attachment to his deceased best friend. Then, one day, after taking him for a medical check-up, the vet diagnosed him with kidney failure.
Capitan’s veterinarian’s name was Cristhian Sempels. He told the media that because of his age and his kidney failure he was not going to hold on for much longer. Deciding what was best for Capitan, leaving him to live his last days where he was happiest was the best way forward.
Instead of admitting him to the hospital, they decided to attend to him in the cemetery instead. And so Capitan died in the cemetery beside his owner’s grave.
Capitan’s remains are under the surveillance of the Foundation of Animal Protection who suggested his remains be buried next to his owner.
Credits to The Irish Sun for the photos and the story.
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