Was runaway dog keeping vigil at gravesite?
Ever since his owner died, Kirby has been running away.
He has been passed from home to home because of that bad habit.
Recently, it was discovered where Kirby might have been going — the gravesite of his former owner, Sharon Rattery.
“There’s no other way to explain it really, he’s just sad and lonely and misses his mom,” said Dave Wills, Rattery’s grandson.
Sharon Rattery inherited the dog from her daughter, Susan, who passed away just two weeks after bringing him home in 2003, according to this NBC report.
She was said to spoil Kirby, and her other dogs, too. They were at her side when she passed away in April.
“She’s had him since he was a little puppy so it’s got to be pretty hard on him,” Wills said of Kirby. “He hasn’t been the same since my grandma died,” Wills said.
At Kirby’s latest home, he recently escaped again — and was found to have wandered several miles to the graveyard where Sharon and her daughter Susan are buried side by side, and where Kirby had attended both funerals.
“I’ve never seen a pet come up to visit a grave, just people,” said Matthew Cadaret, who works as the grounds foreman at the Atascadero Cemetery and found the dog.
Sharon’s grandson said they are trying to find Kirby a new home, preferably with a senior.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
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