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Stray Dogs Attend Funeral, Mourners Find New Hope

Posted March 31, 2015 in A Pet's Life

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Margarita Suárez spent her life caring for stray dogs and cats. She had always been good with animals and people, and she always took care and fed the stray dogs and cats in the neighborhood. When Suárez passed, it seems, that kindness was repaid; her funeral service was unlike any other. She received a well-deserved and very surprising tribute from several unexpected guests at her funeral. Suárez lived 830 miles away from the funeral home, making the visit from the pack of stray dogs a shock and delight for Suárez’s daughter, Patricia Urrutia. The pack of stray dogs came inside the funeral home and stood guard at the coffin, reported Meghan Keneally of ABC News.

Suárez’s daughter, Patricia, told ABC News, “They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but in the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye.”

Dogs weren’t the only furry friends wanting to pay their respects to Suárez, there was also a bird spotted coming through the window in the middle of the night. It glanced down at the coffin and flew off while singing a song, reports Keneally.

The workers at the funeral home said they had never seen anything like this before. The images that go with this story are a must see and very moving. The dogs helped the family through a very tough day. Patricia told ABC, “They made a sad situation an incredible one.” The story brings happiness to me as well.

Rest in peace Margarita Suárez and thank you for all you’ve done.

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Mariah is an intern of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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