THIS is why I LOVE dogs so much...

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Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, on August 19.


 


Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, draped in an American flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him behind.


Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.


The photo was snapped by Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, and posted on her Facebook page in memory of the San Diego resident. Tumilson, 35, was one of 30 American troops, including 22 Navy SEALs, who were killed when a Taliban insurgent shot down a Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade on Aug. 6.


“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 on her Facebook page. “To say that he was an amazing man doesn't do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family and friends is immeasurable.’’


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Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:04 am
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fromcoldtofire
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I just read that here - I was scrolling through at a red light and ended up full-on crying in the middle of the intersection. So incredibly sad.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:06 am
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I know, right?  It took me a while to actually get through the article without getting all choked up.  :(

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:10 am
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thanks Santosha now i'm crying over here.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:12 am
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*big hug*  :(  Aww, sorry soon2b! 


I know, it's absolutely heartwrenching, but I just had to share.  Just proves how loyal dogs are. 

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:15 am
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I read this article earlier today and it brought tears to my eyes too.


Thanks for sharing this heartwrenching story!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:15 am
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Goodness!  That is definitely a tear jerker.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:20 am
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I saw this earlier-- SO incredibly sad & heartwarming. I LOVE dogs too :(((

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:24 am
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I saw that too.  Breaks my heart :(  Giving my own puppy some love right now.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:53 am
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I read this on MSN or Yahoo or something today. My mistake was trying to repeat it to another agent in my office so yeah I got choked up twice. So hard to think what the family was thinking watching this heart breaking scene.


 


On a side note:


 


Thank you to all the men and women who give their last dying breath protecting our freedoms every day.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm
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I saw this earlier on Yahoo, my heart breaks for these families :( That picture makes me get all teary-eyed. What a sweet, loyal pup :(

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm
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I saw this at work and just wanted to bawl my eyes out!!!! Just seeing it again made me teary eyed!
Such a sad story :-(
Posted on August 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm
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Aww, heartbreaking!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm
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Heart wrenching.  I love my puppy. 

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm
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:''( gotta hug my pooches now!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm
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Awwww *tear!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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