Dog news: German shepherd refuses to leave owner’s grave in heartbreaking pictures | World | News
The dog Fero has refused to leave the grave of its owner Omer Guven since he died a week ago. After Omer’s wife died about 12 years ago, he moved to the Kaymakli district in northern Turkey.
Here he started looking after stray cats and dogs, according to the news site Olay53.
Mr. Guven was widely respected by his fellow human beings and viewed as an animal lover.
He started looking after a German Shepherd dog he named Fero about 11 years ago.
Unfortunately, Mr. Guven fell ill last month and was rushed to the hospital where he died at the age of 92.
Fero reportedly guarded the coffin until the next day’s funeral and has been lying on its owner’s grave ever since.
Witnesses said Fero refused to be moved and rubbed his head in the earth.
Mr. Guven’s daughter, Sevilay Surul, said: “My father loved Fero very much.
“He also had an incredible love for my father.
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“Fero came to the village as a stray dog.
“He adopted Fero and loved him very much.”
Kaymakli community leader Temel Yilmaz also said, “Uncle Omer took great care of animals.
“Fero was devastated when he died.
“We even saw tears flow from Fero’s eyes.”
This story goes back to the story of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh.
Legend has it that the Skye Terrier guarded its owner’s grave for 14 years until he died in 1872.
The dog was buried just behind the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, not far from its owner, John Gray.
According to experts, dogs waiting by their humans’ graves may wait at the last point they smelled their humans.
Some claim that they can smell the smell of their people’s bodies even after their funeral.
Stanley Coren, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, said dogs don’t understand that death is final.
He told DogTime, “I hate to say that – but in some ways they may be better off than we are because they at least still have that glimmer of hope.”