VILLA CARLOS PAZ, Argentina (CBS Seattle) – Dogs, often referred to as “man’s best friend,” are known for their loyalty to their human companions.
But Capitan, a dog from the Cordoba Province of Argentina, went above and beyond the call of duty by running away from home to stand guard by his former owner’s grave — for six years.
“The following Sunday [after the funeral] we went to the cemetery and Damian recognised his pet,” Guzman’s wife, Veronica, was quoted as saying to a newspaper in Cordoba. “Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying.”
She also noted, “We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place.”
And though Guzman passed away suddenly in March of 2006, Capitan has allegedly spent the subsequent six years by his master’s side in the Villa Carlos Paz cemetery.
Witnesses such as Hector Baccega, the cemetery’s director, have noted that Capitan is especially attentive to Guzman’s final resting place at night.
“During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave,” he told the paper. “And every day, at [6 p.m.] sharp, he lies down on top of the grave stays there all night.”
Baccega now helps to care for the dog.
Guzman had initially purchased Capitan for his 13-year-old son in 2005.
“I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery,” Damian said. “I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.”