A dog's loyalty knows no bounds. Not even death.
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AUGUST 25, 2011
Navy SEAL, Jon Tumilson, lay in a coffin draped in an American flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him behind. Tumilson's Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson's casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson's hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.
The photo was snapped by Tumilson's cousin, Lisa Pembleton, and posted on her Facebook page in memory of the San Diego resident. Tumilson, 35, was one of 30 American troops, including 22 Navy SEALs, who were killed when a Taliban insurgent shot down a Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade on Aug. 6.
According to the story, Hawkeye was such a huge part of Tumilson's life that his family actually followed the dog down the aisle as they entered the church, and then, as one of Tumilson's friends approached the stage to give a speech Hawkeye followed him and then laid down if front of the casket, where he remained for the entire service.
According to here:
One of Tumilson's friends from Fort Bragg, N.C., has now adopted Hawkeye.
The same friend had watched the chocolate lab while Tumilson was deployed...
Hawkeye may find himself in the limelight once again in November when the University of Iowa's football team --- the Hawkeyes --- honors fallen service men and women, including Iowa native Tumilson, at a home game in November. The university is working with the Tumilson family to determine what role the dog will play in the day's events.
If it takes forever, I will wait for you...
Are you a bot or a god? I just want to say your continued background information posts are friggin' awesome! Imho you deserve your close-to-a-million karma for the effort.
God damn onions. You guys need to cut that out.
Just a stupid meat bag here. And thank you!
Dogs are so good to us.
I just woke up, don't make me cry with that one already!
Thanks my eyes needed the extra moisture.
Are dogs able to smell their humans after death?
They are not able to identify them via smell. The embalming process completely changes the smelll of the body. After formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, methanol, and other solvents are pumped in, people don't smell like people at all.
I was in Afghanistan when this happened. I had to lay on target for hours while they were securing the crash site. Shitty day/night for everyone involved.
I have an English bulldog.. im happy hes not smart enough to realize if I had died or not
We don’t deserve them.
Definitely nothing stupid :-)
Possibly not the best choice of words mate