Pippin and Merry are extremely loyal and dedicated dogs. These two golden retrievers guarded over their owner’s body for at least three weeks after he died.
Gary Lorenz disappeared from his Colorado home in September, and his body was just found last week surrounded by Pippin and Merry.
Lorenz, who had Alzheimer’s disease, had taken his ATV and his two three-year-old golden retrievers over a ridge near his home. Officials said he died four or five days later from exposure and dehydration.
Pippin and Merry, brother and sister, lost about 9 pounds during the three weeks. They were emaciated and dehydrated when they were found. A veterinarian said that both dogs are doing well and will recover soon.
Lorenz’s daughter said, “Now that we have the dogs back, we feel like we’ve gotten a little piece of Dad back. He loved these dogs, and they loved him. They never left his side. They watched him. He was having trouble communicating with all of us, but he always seemed to be able to talk to the dogs. They were his best friends. We are so happy to have them back to remind us of the relationship he had with them and to help my mom get through her tough weeks ahead. They will be here to comfort her.”
Lorenz’s wife said that it helped that the dogs had each other to lean on during their time away from home. She added, “Pippin would never leave Gary, and Merry would never leave Pippin.”