Pack of stray dogs stand guard at animal lover’s funeral

Photos posted to Facebook on March 15, 2015 by Patricia Urrutia show dogs gathered at the funeral of Urritia's mother, Margarita Suarez, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)

A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected tribute from animals when she passed.

At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, a pack of stray dogs came inside the funeral home to stand guard.

Photos posted to Facebook on March 15, 2015 by Patricia Urrutia show dogs gathered at the funeral of Urritia's mother, Margarita Suarez, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)
Photos posted to Facebook on March 15, 2015 by Patricia Urrutia show dogs gathered at the funeral of Urritia’s mother, Margarita Suarez, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)

Suárez’s daughter Patricia Urrutia told ABC News that they were shocked, but delighted when the canine celebrants arrived.

Adding to the other-wordliness of the situation was the fact that the stray dogs weren’t even the sames pups that her 71-year-old mother 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 said.

“They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye,” Urrutia told ABC News. “I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous.”

Photos posted to Facebook on March 15, 2015 by Patricia Urrutia show dogs gathered at the funeral of Urritia's mother, Margarita Suarez, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)
Photos posted to Facebook on March 15, 2015 by Patricia Urrutia show dogs gathered at the funeral of Urritia’s mother, Margarita Suarez, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)

She said that the dogs don’t normally hang out around the funeral home. Workers had never seen anything like it.

“My mom has always been good with all animals and people,” Urrutia said. “Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there.”

Urrutia posted photos of the scene on her Facebook profile on March 15 and the moving images have been shared across the Internet. As of this morning, the post has been shared more than 50,000 times on Facebook and has received more than 192,100 likes.

An undated family photo shows Margarita Suarez with her daughter, Patricia Urrutia. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)
An undated family photo shows Margarita Suarez with her daughter, Patricia Urrutia. (Photo: ABC News/Patricia Urrutia)

Urrutia said that the dogs’ presence helped her through the difficult day. She called them an unexpected message that she will always remember.

“When I was in a moment of so much pain these dogs that came, they showed me that everything was going to be okay,” Urrutia told ABC.

The dogs were not the only animal friends to pay their respects to Suárez, as Urrutia also spotted a bird come through the window at 3:00 a.m., glance down at her mother’s coffin, and then fly off while singing.

“Because of them we were happy,” Urrutia added. “They made a sad situation an incredible one.”

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