The wonder of a dog’s loyalty

By isak, January 18, 2011

“Leao”, sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week’s catastrophic landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on Jan. 15, 2011.

Photo: Vanderlei Almeida

Update: This baby is safe. She has been adopted by a friend of the woman who died.

When I look at this photo, I wonder:

. . . how did this dog and her companion become separated?

. . . what did they endure?

. . . how did one survive and one not?

. . . when did they become separated?

. . . how did they find each other again?

. . . how long will this dog mourn there on her grave?

. . . will she die of a lonely heart?

. . . will she be allowed to leave on her own?

. . . does her human companion know she is there?

This photo shows the closeness between two sentient beings that we all hope for in our lives. It’s pure and simple; it’s heartfelt. To me, this photo shows something wonderful about someone I never even knew.

Bless them both.


  1. Mark says:

    Hello, I’d like to buy the file of the photograph Vanderlei Almeida for private use. Please contact me via email if this is possible.

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