Animal lover Margarita Suarez of Merida, Yucatan, passed away earlier this month after battling illness only 10 days after moving in with her daughter in Merida, Yucatan.
During her life, she was known for her kindness to all kinds of animals and every morning she would feed stray dogs and up to 20 feral cats that would show up at her home.
She was also known for taking a bag of food along when she went out so she could treat other strays she encountered, reports Misiones Online.
Family members were stunned when the dogs suddenly appeared at the funeral parlor where Margarita’s body was being kept, even more so because the stray dogs were not even the same ones that 71-year-old Suárez had helped during her lifetime. Suárez lived in Merida, Yucatan, but her funeral service was in a town more than 830 miles away, her daughter, Patricia Urrutia, said.
Workers at the funeral home denied any knowledge of the animals and said they had never seen them before.
Realizing that the animals had come to pay their respects to Margarita, the staff allowed the dogs to come in and they laid peacefully on the floor near the woman’s coffin.
Not only did dogs show up, but a bird also made an appearance at 3:30 in the morning.
On March 15, the day of the funeral, the dogs even formed a procession behind the hearse and then returned to the funeral home.
They only left once Margarita’s body was being prepared for cremation.
“In pain, they jumped for joy, it was wonderful,” said her daughter, in Spanish.
She believes that the animals had wanted to be there to say goodbye to someone who had been so good to them.
This isn’t the first time the bond between dogs and their human friends has been exhibited at their death. A few years ago, a dog kept watch over the casket of a fallen Navy SEAL and another dog kept going to the church where his owner’s funeral had taken place.