A dog who watched his owner’s grave for more than a decade has died in the same cemetery where the remains of his owner rest, according to local media reports.
Capitan, a 16-year-old German Shepherd mix, was found dead after a period of declining health, local media reported on Tuesday (20 February). He had been well-known in the Argentine town of Villa Carlos Paz for his undying loyalty to owner Miguel Guzmán, who passed away in 2006.
The dog first made headlines in 2012 when local media reported the dog had been waiting at his owner’s grave. According to reports, Capitan disappeared from the family home shortly after Guzman died; only to be found by Guzman’s widow Veronica at the grave site.
Despite several attempts to take the dog home, Capitan always ran back to the cemetery which is 15 blocks away from the house.
Capitan guarded the grave for almost 12 years. Cemetery florist Maria Clot told local media: “I never saw such loyalty.”
The loyal dog was found dead this week in a bathroom at the cemetery after a period of struggle with his health. Capitan suffered from chronic kidney failure and had been treated for several years for the disease.