Even after death, one dog remains loyal (video below).
Four months after his owner passed away, 5-year-old Chihuahua mix Deta still refuses to leave the New York grave -- and it's breaking hearts worldwide.
After her 86-year-old owner died from congestive heart failure in September 2017, daughter Theresa Morini took in the grieving Deta, Inside Edition reports.
"It broke my heart," Morini said. "Deta and my mother were inseparable. Wherever my mother went, Deta followed."
The two were so close, Theresa and her husband reportedly even smuggled Deta into the hospital so Deta and her mother could be together. Even now, after she has passed away, Deta still tries his best to be at his owner's side.
Each time Theresa visits her mother's grave, Deta runs past the other graves and stops at his deceased owner's, and then she refuses to leave.
"Is my mother's spirit still here?" Theresa wondered. "I don't know. It does bring me comfort and I think it brings her comfort too."
The touching story has since captured the attention of thousands worldwide.
"Dogs are simply unbelievable creatures," commented one person on CBS San Diego News' Facebook share about Deta. "Loyal as can be."
"Heartbreaking when you have a dog so loving," wrote another.
"Unconditional love," added a third on NBC 4's Facebook post about the story.
This is just one of the many times a dog has shown its loyalty even after his owner passed.
For 10 years, a German Shepherd in Argentina had stood over his owner's grave, the Daily Mail reports.
Since his owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006, Capitan has spent every day sitting beside his grave, despite now being 15 years old, barely able to walk, and totally blind.
Cemetery workers, who care for and feed the dog, say it seems "as if he is waiting for the day when they will finally be reunited."
A day after his owner's funeral, the dog went missing from the family home. After searching everywhere for him, they found Capitan at his owner's grave -- despite having never been taken there before.
"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," recalls the cemetery's director, Hector Baccega. "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 stays there all night."
Sources: Inside Edition, CBS 8 San Diego News/Facebook, NBC 4/Facebook, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Don LaVange/Flickr / Embedded Images: GabrielaVega/Wikimedia Commons, Bonnie van den Born/Wikimedia Commons