A pack of stray dogs came to the funeral of a woman who had spent her life taking care of stray animals – more than 800 miles away. And the stray dogs were not the only ones saying goodbye. While they were guarding the woman’s casket, a bird came in through a window at the funeral home around 3:30 a.m., looked down at the animal lover’s coffin, and then flew off singing.
“Because of them we were happy,” said the woman’s daughter according to a March 30 ABC News report. “They made a sad situation an incredible one.”
Patricia Urrutia, the daughter of 71-year-old Margarita Suarez, said that what makes the story of the stray dogs guarding her mother’s coffin at the chapel even more incredible is the fact that her mom lived with her 830 miles away in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, when she was taking care of stray dogs and stray cats.
After her mom became sick, she came to Cuernavaca in Mexico to be taken care of Urrutia’s sister. However, within 10 days she died. To the utmost surprise of family members and friends, when her mother’s coffin was taken at dawn to the chapel in Cuernavaca on March 15, a pack of stray dogs followed it.
Inside the chapel, the stray dogs lay down in the hallway and beside the coffin. Some even began playing with the visitors. Patricia’s brother inquired from the employees at the chapel and the funeral home whether dogs had ever been seen there, but no one had ever encountered any dog in the vicinity.
The pack of stray dogs stayed with the coffin all day and all night. Around 3:30 a.m., a bird came to pay its respect. Later in the morning, the dogs all vanished but one who appeared to be in charge of guarding the coffin. One hour before 71-year-old Margarita Suarez was taken to be cremated, all the stray dogs came back and grouped around the coffin “as if to say goodbye.” Patricia added, “I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous.”