Heartbreaking Video Shows Grieving Dog Dig 'Grave' For Dead Puppy
A heartbreaking video shows a dog in the Philippines digging a grave for her dead puppy. You can watch it here:
The mourning mother, named Bettie, dug the grave in her owner's back garden in Pangasinan province on 15 September. In the footage, the four-year-old dog can be seen using her front paws and nose to dig the burial site for her deceased puppy.
Bettie's owner, Lenny Rose Ellema, said the dog initially tried to 'revive' the puppy by breastfeeding it, but after a few hours she decided to bury it, dropping the puppy in the hole she had dug.
Lenny said Bettie had also lost puppies in the past and demonstrated her maternal instincts on those occasions too.
Lenny said: "We did not train her to do it. We were amazed when she first did that last year with another puppy. She is a special dog.
"I would try to take the puppy away but she would not let me so I left them there until she was ready to bury it."
Thankfully, her mournful mood had passed after a few days and she continued to look after the rest of her litter.
To balance out the doggy sadness a bit, here's a heartwarming story about a boy with a cleft palate who got himself a puppy with the same condition.
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Two-year-old Bentley Boyers, from Jackson, Michigan, was born with a cleft palate and has already had two surgeries as a result.
Despite the challenges he has faced, Bentley has always been a happy kid - and now he is happier than ever because he has a puppy with the same condition to share his childhood with.
His dad, Brandon, was at Jackson County Animal Shelter in search of chickens when he spotted the pooch, whose name has not been released.
Speaking to WILX, mum Ashley said: "He [Brandon] Facetimed me. He goes, 'I think this one has a cleft lip,' and I said 'Get her! We need her.'
"To see him have something in common with a puppy means a lot 'cause he can grow up and understand that he and his puppy both have something that they can share in common."
And just as Bentley hasn't let his cleft palate get in the way of life, the puppy has been handling the condition just as well.
Animal Services Director at the shelter, Lydia Sattler, said: "Her disability is really not holding her back, and as she grows, they'll be able to see more if there's any change that has to do with that. But, she's really doing well.
"She might look a little different than a normal dog would, but it's not slowing her down at all."
There you go - it's like the grieving dog burying a grave for its own puppy thing never happened, sort of.
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