Some dogs are man's best companion even after their owners die. New Jersey's 3-year-old Lab mix Moose. Moose was orphaned after his owner died in the hospital.
Moose patiently waited beside the hospital bed for his owner. A tragic snapshot of the sweet moment went viral.
NorthStar Pet Rescue and Eleventh Hour Rescue posted the photo on Facebook to find Moose a new family. This photo shows his loyalty and love.
Because dogs can't speak, it's hard to say if they "grieve" in the human sense, but it's apparent they're affected by their companions' deaths.
When a companion dies, pet owners notice their pets seem sad or worried. Animals may become clinging, disinterested, or lazy.
According to American Kennel Club research, dogs' brains light up in comparable ways when they perceive human emotions.
Jme Thomas, executive director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, told the AKC that dogs are more intelligent and sensitive than people think.
Dogs can show their grief in painful ways. After his dad died, 3-year-old Lab mix Moose sat calmly by the hospital bed and looked out the window.