Georgia dog refuses to leave dead puppy’s side

Photo: Hunter Cone
Photo: Hunter Cone

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC/CNN) — A golden retriever spent days mourning the loss of her puppy. She refused to leave the cemetery where it died.

Deep in the heart of one of Savannah’s most historic cemeteries, we find a mother mourning the loss of her offspring.

“At first I was like ‘Jeez, that’s pretty hard and that’s pretty heavy you know?” photographer Hunter Cone said.

For at least two days, a beautiful golden retriever has been lying in Laurel Grove North, refusing to leave her baby’s side, as most mothers would. Cone discovered her on a photography outing to the cemetery.

“It made me feel really depressed and upset. That’s something I didn’t want to see, but I’m kind of glad I did,” Cone said.

Cone and his mother brought the dog food and water. While she is weak and timid, the strength of her motherly instincts is still intact.

“I mean, the dog braced through the cold, starvation and thirst to stay with its dead puppy,” Cone said.

With temperatures expected to drop well below freezing on Wednesday night, Cone knew she needed shelter. Attempts to lure her with food and water failed. The only thing that seemed to calm her down for a bit another puppy similar to hers. But even that was unsuccessful.

“I don’t want there to be another dead dog in the cemetery. As ironic as it sounds. It’s still very sad,” Cone said.

After six hours, there was still no luck retrieving this golden, and it became clear this mother is still not ready to leave her baby’s side.

“If this doesn’t prove that dogs have feelings just like humans do, I don’t think anything else will,” Cone said.

WTOC reports that the grieving golden retriever is alive and well. The dog buried her puppy at the cemetery and comes back to visit the spot.

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