At the funeral of slain officer Jon Tumilson in Iowa earlier this week, his dog Hawkeye walked up to his casket, laid down beside it and would not leave his late master’s side.
Our friends at Animal Planet’s Daily Treat blog report on the heartbreaking story:
Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was among
the 30 American troops killed August 6 when Taliban insurgents downed
their Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. At his funeral
in Iowa, his dog Hawkeye paid his last respects by walking up to the
casket, laying down in front of it, and heaving a sigh.
[Tumilson's cousin Lisa] Pembleton wrote on Facebook that Hawkeye was Tumilson’s loyal pet who
wouldn’t leave his master’s side during the funeral in Rockford, Iowa.
“I felt compelled to take one photo to share with family members that couldn’t make it or couldn’t see what I could from the aisle,” Pembleton wrote.
Tumilson’s loved ones also posted a looping, time-lapsed video of Hawkaye at the funeral (above).