Not long ago, friends and family gathered to say their last goodbyes to Bill Schiller before he crossed over the other side.
But they weren’t the only ones who were grieving. So was the dear dog, Schiller’s best buddy.
Five years ago, this sweet and adorable puppy, named Chief, was adopted as a rescue by Schiller. Anne Marie Silbthorp, Schiller’s girlfriend, was the one who saw the depth of their love and knew their friendship was going to last. They were inseparable, until Schiller passed away.
“They bonded; they belonged together,” said Sibthorp.
When it was time for Schiller’s funeral, everyone knew that Chief would be invited too – but seeing him next to the coffin no one expected such a heartbreaking last goodbye.
“He stretched his neck in as far as he could, and gave Bill just one little quick lick on his ear, and of course, Bill didn’t move,” said Sibthorp. “And Chief laid his head right down by his head, and just laid there for the longest time.”
This is a photo of that sad and touching moment, taken by Sibthorp’s granddaughter:
Between those, who were moved by Chief’s reaction was Sam James, the owner of James Funeral Home. He allowed this heartbroken dog to come inside to be next to his best friend for the last time. After all, dogs have feelings too, don’t they?
“We do whatever we can to care for our families [laying loved ones to rest], and that includes the four-legged members,” said James. “Closure is important, and we have no problem allowing animals to come to private viewings to afford them that closure.”
After everything, Chief’s heart will begin to heal, but he will always remember who loved him the most.
“He got to say goodbye to his daddy,” said Sibthorp. “And that was important.”