This is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing you’ll ever see. Sarah Varley recently captured this Clip of Husky Wiley, after visiting her Grandmother’s Grave with him and what has resulted is a mass debate whether or not Dogs are capable of grieving.
Some are skeptical, with comments like “i donno if to belive this or not, the dog could be sick or somthing. dogs dont cry like that” being posted in response to the Video. Some even are going as far as acting as Net Vets, diagnosing Wiley‘s condition stating, “he’s not crying, his nose is just irritated…my dog does that all the time when she’s outside. I do believe that this dog really does mourn but this is not crying”.
Having been separated from my own Dog Billy in the past, including a couple stays at the Hospital, my Mom can confirm that he indeed mourned our separation. He would whimper and wait by the door all day for me while I was away. His appetite would decrease and he’d refuse to eat. The implication of Dogs not being capable of mourning is well, ludicrous as Dogs have the mental capacity of a three-year-old Child. I’ve even witnessed myself times where my Mom and Dad visit and after it’s time for them to leave, he whimpers as if like a Child, expressing sadness. It might not be full-out sobbing as in the case of Wiley, but the possibility is indeed there and it is actually rather alarming that people can be so disconnected to not think that Animals too have the ability to express emotion.