But in 2012, that close relationship would be shattered by an unexpected malady. Castro said that her uncle fell ill that year, and tragically his complaint proved terminal. Everyone in the family was shocked by what happened, Paquito included.
According to online magazine Slate, “The only way to surmise a dog’s emotional state is through its behavior, which is variable and open to interpretation. [It] has more to do with your preferred view of the inner lives of dogs than the evidence itself, which is inconclusive.” Nonetheless, there are plenty of stories that appear to show that dogs do, indeed, grieve the loss of their owners.
For sure, many dogs have displayed what has been perceived as sadness at their owners’ absence. One example is a police dog named Figo, which had witnessed the death of his partner, officer Jason Ellis, in 2013. Media website Little Things related how at Ellis’s funeral, Figo went to the casket and appeared to bow his head to it before placing his paw onto it.