Miguel Guzman bought Capitan, a magnificent German Shepherd, as a present for his 13-year-old son Damian in 2005. But the dog bonded to the father with a devotion that has lasted far beyond just his physical presence.
Miguel died suddenly the next year and was buried at a cemetery in Villa Carlos Paz, central Argentina. The family claims that the dog has rarely left his grave and always returns before dark to guard his beloved master.
Captain mysteriously disappeared right after Mr. Guzman’s death in March of 2006 and could not be found —until one week later when the Guzman family went to the cemetery to pay their respects to their loved one. They found the heartbroken German Shepherd sitting by his master’s grave, howling, according to La Voz.
Mr. Guzman’s widow, Veronica, stated on Thursday that when the family returned from the funeral, Captain was gone. “We searched for him but he had vanished. We thought he must have got run over and died,” ABCNews reports.
“The following Sunday we went to the cemetery and …Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing, as if he were crying.” Since then, the large dog has rarely left his master’s tomb at the cemetery, she said.
“We had never taken him to the cemetery so it is a mystery how he managed to find the place. “We went back the next Sunday and he was there again. This time he followed us home and spent a bit of time with us, but then went back to the cemetery before it started getting dark,” Veronica Guzman told La Voz.
“I don’t think he wanted to leave Miguel on his own at night, she said.
Cemetery director Hector Baccega recalls the first time he saw the dog, “He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master.”
“During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o’clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave and stays there all night."
Mr Baccega said that staff members at the cemetery in Villa Carlos Paz are now feeding and taking care of Capitan.
Damian added: “I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery. I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.”