Following my “philosophical” post last time about the emotions of animals, I received this story from my friend Pat over there in the US of A. She has posted it on her own blog: patriciaboesel.wordpress.com/tag/mourning/
“The wail came loud and long. It would not stop. Grief poured out of his mouth from deep within. Low and mournful, the wailing continued. His friend and companion had just died. The wailing could even be heard around the neighborhood. His grief overwhelmed all in attendance, at the burial site as well. Paco started to act out, something that was not common for him to do and had to be removed. His Dolly had died, suddenly, of a stroke. He couldn’t understand what had happened. He knew only that his friend was not there.
“Paco and Dolly met each other when Paco was adopted and came to live with Dolly and her adopted family. This happened about 6 years ago. They became the best of friends. Paco followed Dolly everywhere and often got upset when she went places without him.
“Paco was very protective of his friend, some would say overly so. The mourning continued on into the next day as well. To witness such a depth of emotion may come as a surprise to some, a source of embarrassment to others, and yet of little concern to still others. You may read about such displays in the daily news or see similar events on TV but rarely does one have the honor to be become a witness to such love.
“You see Paco is an adopted wild burro from the deserts of Nevada and Dolly is my granddaughter’s quarter horse. Dolly had a stroke, and became paralyzed in both rear legs and was having uncontrolled seizures. There was nothing the vet could do, so she was ‘put down’. She was buried at the far side of the pasture she and Paco lived in. A short prayer was said for the sake of the children and now she is in the hands of her creator.
“We humans are charged with caring for all Gods creatures. We name them, feed them, nurture them, bath them, treat their aches and pains, groom them, and often buy them garments to wear. They ask for nothing, yet give so much pleasure and joy in return. We often call them friends as well. And yes, we too grieve at their death, but we seldom give much thought to their other animal companion’s grief. We comfort Paco as best we can and give her extra attention. She is slowly accepting her loss.
“Yet, death always demands that we take a detour on our life’s journey. We even take this detour to help others in their detours due to death.”