When her lifelong companion passed, one loving Labrador still kept their tradition of sharing meals alive by saving half a portion for her friend.
If you don't happen to have a tissue handy, now would be a good time to find one.
After a Boise, Idaho family suffered the loss of their long-time canine companion, Stitch, they, of course, felt the loss. Perhaps no one has taken it harder, however, than Cookie, Stitch's four-legged counterpart. Cookie grew up under Stitch's wing, and the pair did just about everything together, which included sharing their daily meals.
According to a tweet posted by Easton Dufur, an 18-year-old member of the family, it seems that Stitch even taught Cookie to eat only half of her portion of dog food, leaving the rest for him.
The two shared food from the same bowl for Cookie's entire life, and when Stitch passed, Cookie didn't seem to understand that the habit was no longer necessary. Instead, she continued to leave half of her food for her friend, despite being served smaller portions now that he was no longer around.
"Before I went to bed, I wanted to check to see if she ate," he stated in the tweet. "And so I did, and she still left half of her food there so Stitch can eat."
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The tweet spread fast, and the Internet was quick to show up by saying exactly what we're all thinking in response to what may be the saddest and most adorable thing ever.
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Dufur said that Cookie is slowly starting to come around, and according to Barbara King, author of How Animals Grieve, Cookie's behavior may not be as heartbreaking as it first appears, and suggests that it may just be a habit or pecking order established by the two dogs.
"What looks on the surface like grief could just be a habit, the ingrained product of a hierarchical relationship over many years," King said in an interview with Today.
King does reiterate that animals can and do, feel grief, especially over a loss that runs so deep, such as that of a lifelong companion like Stitch.
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