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Faithful Dog Insists On Staying By His Owner’s Side As She's Laid To Rest

"A tremendous example of loyalty"

Last week, Maria Isabel Benites Chamba was laid to rest at age 95 in Ecuador. Chamba’s family and friends were attending to pay their respects at her funeral — but one attendee especially insisted on doing even more.

It was Chamba’s beloved dog, Bumer. He refused to go away her side until the very end. During the wake for Chamba, organized by Funeraria Santa Rosa, Bumer stayed accessible — even as he had done while she was alive. “You could see the loyalty and affection that existed between her and her dog,” a spokesperson for the funeral parlor told The Dodo. “He was always there together with his owner.”

When the ceremony ended, a procession formed to follow Chamba’s coffin to the cemetery. Bumer, of course, insisted on coming, too. “He circled the hearse before hopping aboard as if to mention , ‘I want to travel and say goodbye to my mom,’” the funeral parlor spokesperson said. "A tremendous example of loyalty." Bumer was heartbroken — but therein moment, his immense love for Chamba was clear for all to ascertain .

Chamba may have passed, but Bumer's faithfulness lives on. Hopefully, in time, his broken heart will begin to heal — but that's a process he won't need to face alone. According to the funeral parlor , the small dog was last seen within the warm company of Chamba's family, united in their remembrance of the person they loved so dearly.