Last week, this picture went viral:
It’s a picture of Hawkeye, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson’s dog, laying next to his owner’s casket. His funeral was attended by 1,500 people, but this was the most memorable image from it. It moved me to tears, and has been shared all across the internet. The loyal companion who misses his owner so much that he lays by his casket is so sad and heartwarming at the same time.
In Tumilson’s case, he was a military hero who died in the line of duty, making him a true hero. But for us who aren’t so noble and selfless, our dogs still treat us like idols. The saying “I want to be the person my dog thinks I am” is so great because they adore us, in spite of our shortcomings and faults.
Hawkeye was adopted by a family friend who frequently cared for him while Tumilson was deployed. He will without doubt miss his dad, but knowing that this loving dog and example of dedication will be well cared for is so reassuring. I hope that he is as crazy about his new owner as he was about Jon Tumilson, and as we are about Hawkeye.