According to the Huffington Post, a service dog named Wiley appears to cry at the grave of his handler’s grandmother in this viral video.
The video was posted to YouTube by user sarahvarley13 on April 14 and had received more than 79,000 views at the time of writing. It was also posted to the website of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), a Ventura County, Calif., shelter that specializes in the care of wolfdogs and horses.
The short clip shows Wiley makes crying noises at the grave of Gladys, described by the LARC website as “a family member, and a supporter” of the animal rescue center. “She will be forever missed, especially by Wiley,” the site reads.
“I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn’t done it since. I may be anthropomorphosizing his actions but its how I’m choosing to deal with loss,” sarahvarley13 wrote in the description of the video on YouTube.
According to sarahvarley13, Wiley is a “service wolf” that helps veterans returning from war, providing therapy and care through LARC and a program called Warriors and Wolves.
A spokesperson for LARC was not immediately available to comment on Gladys’ relationship with Wiley.