Loyal dog insists on staying beside owner’s casket before she was laid to rest

Maria Isabel Benites Chamba, a 95-year-old Ecuadorian, was laid to rest. Her family and friends were devastated by her death, but one of her close friends felt the pain more.

It was Chamba’s loyal dog, Bumer. The grieving pup refused to leave his owner’s side until the very end. During her wake, organized by Funeraria Santa Rosa, the pup remained close by—just as he had done all his life.


“You could see the loyalty and affection that existed between her and her dog,” said a spokesperson for the funeral home. “He was always there with his owner.”

When the ceremony ended, people assembled in a procession to follow Chamba’s coffin to the cemetery. Bumer, however, insisted on coming.

“He circled the hearse before hopping aboard as if to say, ‘I want to go and say goodbye to my mom,’” said the funeral home spokesperson. “A tremendous example of loyalty.”

Bumer sitting beside his owner's casket loaded on the back of a van

Bumer was clearly heartbroken over his owner’s loss, but his endless love for Chamba was clear for everyone to see during the final celebration of her life.

Chamba may have passed away, but Bumer’s loyalty to her lives on. We can only hope that in time, the dog’s broken heart will begin to mend. Thankfully, that’s an experience he won’t have to face alone.

According to Funeral Santa Rosa, the dog was seen in the company of Chamba’s family. They will, no doubt, take it upon themselves care for Bumer as a token of their gratitude for his loyalty and love.

Here’s a video captured of Bumer accompanying his owner to her final abode.

Another loyal pet who refused to leave his owner’s side during his funeral is a dog named Ace.

James William Warner died at the tender age of 22. He was described as someone who wanted to “keep a smile on everyone’s face,” so everybody who knew him loved him.

Ace was his best friend.

In a photo shared on Facebook by Warner’s mother, Christy West Warner, the dog is seen lying over his late owner’s fresh grave.

Ace laying atop his owner's fresh grave

Warner was a “typical country boy” whose family raised chickens for Tyson Foods. He was raised helping to breed cattle and cultivate row crops.

“He was just larger than life, he was just a good boy. He was so personable,” Christy said of her son.

Dogs only have their owners, so when they’re gone, it’s as if they lost everything. Worse, they won’t ever understand why the person they loved is suddenly gone—they just have to live with the fact.

We’re not sure if dogs understand the concept of death, but Ace seemed to know where his owner was during his funeral.

James William “Will” Warner with his dog Ace

The loyal dog didn’t leave the casket’s side. Warner refused to leave the casket after he was laid to rest. It was almost as if he was grieving the loss his human.

Christy stated that Ace and Warner had an extraordinary bond. Her son attended school every day with Ace during high school. He waited in his truck for Ace. Warner also took Ace to church and every family event.

“This dog is so special and Will was so proud of him,” she said.

We wish for healing for the families and faithful pets of the deceased.