Recently in Ecuador, Maria Isabel Benites Chamba was laid to rest at the age of 95. Chamba’s family and close friends were present to pay their respects at her funeral. However, one of the faithful attendees, in particular, was insistent on doing much more for her loved one.
It was Chamba’s beloved dog, Bumer, who refused to leave his mother until the end.
During Chamba’s funeral, organized by the local funeral home Funeraria Santa Rosa, the faithful dog always stayed close to the place where Maria’s body lay to rest. Just as he used to do while she was alive.
You could see the loyalty and affection that existed between her and her dog,” a spokesperson for the funeral home told The Dodo. “He was always there with his owner.
When the ceremony ended, a procession formed to follow Chamba’s coffin to the cemetery. Bumer, of course, insisted on coming, too.
Although the dog was very heartbroken, his immense love for Maria gave him the strength to continue.
He circled the hearse before hopping aboard as if to say, ‘I want to go and say goodbye to my mom,’” the funeral home spokesperson said. “A tremendous example of loyalty.
Bumer was heartbroken — but in that moment, his immense love for Chamba was clear for all to see.
Chamba may have passed, Bumer’s loyalty to her lives on. Hopefully, with time, his broken heart can heal, and thankfully that is a process that the adorable little dog will not have to face alone.
According to the funeral home, the little dog was last seen in the warm company of Chamba’s family, united in their remembrance of the person they loved so dearly.
Watch the gut-wrenching video below: