Who doesn’t love dogs? Well, maybe not everyone, but I know that I do, and they truly ARE man’s best friend. There are numerous stories where dogs wait for their masters, but these stories never bore us, and to add to that pile, here’s one more. Canines are definitely one of the most special creatures, and we humans quite frankly don’t deserve them. There is an emotional connection, and something spiritual in their everlasting love for us.

Moose is a 3-year-old lab mix from New Jersey, but sadly, his owner had only just passed away in the hospital. However, Moose didn’t understand this, and being the loyal furry friend he is, he was waiting and waiting near the bed where his dad had been.

A heartbreaking photo of this loyal dog waiting patiently near the empty bedside went viral, and adoption centers were using this as a means of finding Moose a new home. NorthStar Pet Rescue and Eleventh Hour Rescue had also posted the photo online hoping they would be able to find a forever home for Moose. They wrote that “He’s a sweet happy boy by nature. He just needs people to help his heart heal. Let’s mend this broken heart, together.”

But before anything else, this loyal, loving dog needs some time to grieve. Jme Thomas, executive director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue says “Dogs are highly intuitive and sensitive, more than people give them credit for.” Dogs are clever, intelligent and emotional animals, and there is definitely no exception for Moose.

The local rescue in Rockaway Township, New Jersey posted on Facebook saying “Moose sat patiently next to his dad’s hospital bed, waiting for him to return, not knowing that ‘Dad’ had passed away. Moose has now been returned to our friends at Eleventh Hour Rescue and he’s taking the loss of his dad pretty hard.” Even though Moose was down in the dumps since his owner passed away, in just 3 days, he was adopted. Moose finally found his forever home, with a new loving and caring family as before, and though it brings tears to our eyes, his story has a happy ending.