When his person, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006, his dog Capitan ran away. A few days later, when his family was visiting the Villa Carlos Paz Cordoba cemetery near their home in Argentina, they found Capitan by the grave.
“We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place,” Guzman’s widow Veronica said. They took Capitan home, but he wouldn’t stay.
“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,” ” cemetery director Hector Baccega said. “During the day he sometimes takes a walk around the cemetery, but always goes back to the grave. And every evening, at six o’clock, he lies down on top of the grave and stays there all night.”
Guzman’s son, 15-year-old Damian, says he’s tried to bring him home, but it’s obvious that the dog is miserable, even desperate, unless he’s at his person’s graveside.
“He always comes straight back to the cemetery,” he said. “I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.”
The cemetery staff are now feeding Capitan, taking care of him, and keeping him up-to-date with his immunizations. Baccega says the German shepherd walks with him through the cemetery by day, but always spends the night next to Guzman.
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