German shepherds are fiercely loyal dogs, as the sad story of one pet owner reveals.
Earlier this month, a Houston convenience store clerk was killed during an armed robbery.
Though the his murder made local headlines, the news has yet to reach the man’s trusty companion. The shepherd has been waiting patiently at his owner’s door step for more than two weeks, KTRK-TV reported.
“You could just tell that he was a lost dog,” Cassandra Eubanks, who lives at an apartment complex near Hobby Airport, told KTRK.
Eubanks shared that, every day, she would see the dog waiting at the front gates of the apartment complex, presumably looking for his owner to pull up.
“He would follow the cars, and when he would realize that it was not his owner’s car, he would just stand there and look helpless,” Eubanks said.
Neighbors also said that they would see the dog waiting outside an apartment door.
When the news broke, they finally understood the dog’s odd behavior.
“Of course he’s confused, because he doesn’t know what’s going on. He hadn’t seen his owner in two weeks,” Eubanks said.
Even when neighbors brought food and water, the dog refused to come close to anyone.
Maranda Perez, who lives near the late owner’s home, posted a plea for help on social media. Finally, she responded with her own dog.
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“As a German shepherd, he didn’t stand a chance,” Perez said. “It just broke my heart to hear that the poor animal lost his owner, his best friend.”
Perez spent nearly an hour at the residence, slowly gaining the dog’s trust. The dog reportedly ran up three flights of stairs before it finally was able to trust Perez enough to allow her to put a leash around his neck.
“He was still very shaken-up whenever I touched him,” Perez added.
The next step was figuring out how to get the dog in her car. Though he put up a fight at first, he finally had to let go.
Perez will lodge the shepherd at her house for one week, after which the victim’s brother said he would like to keep the dog.