The bond between animals is like the bond between humans. They feel the loss and pain when one is hurt or gone. Two Denver dogs had a friendship and relationship so great that one of them continued to watch over the other’s body after she had been hit by a car.
A male chow mix laid down in the middle of a busy road to guard his companion, a female German shepherd mix, after she was hit and killed by a car.
Denver authorities reported to the scene to help with traffic until animal control officials could come. When an officer tried to approach the body of the female dog, the male dog did not want anyone to get close to her.
Two drivers also assisted at the scene. One blocked the lane with his car and turned on his hazards after several cars almost missed running over the two dogs. Another was able to get the chow mix onto the median and out of traffic.
Denver Animal Care and Control said the dogs had no identification, were not spayed or neutered, and had been reported to be running around the neighborhood for the past two days. They suspect the two dogs were in a “romance.”
“When a companion animal is hit, they’ll stand vigil. It’s sad,” the director of animal control said. “It’s kind of uncommon to see it in the middle of the road.”
Animal control said the chow mix was not extremely friendly when they arrived and said he continued to be “snarly and standoffish.”
Employees will conduct an assessment of the dog’s behavior and health, and if he passes certain tests, he could be available for adoption.
Officials said that the dog has shown improvement in his behavior towards people after the incident. Shelter employees said he isn’t growling anymore but is still a bit standoffish.
Source: Rocky Mountain News