Every day for 20 years Margarita Suarez fed the stray dogs and cats in her neighbourhood in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico. When she died, they paid their respects.
The story went viral thanks to her daughter, Patricia Urritia, who shared the astonishing story on her Facebook page. She said when her mother’s casket arrived at the funeral chapel for the wake, a contingent of dogs followed it inside and kept vigil throughout the night. They left in the morning but returned shortly before Margarita Suarez was cremated.
One of the curious aspects of the story is that the animals Suarez fed were in Merida Yucatan, where she lived. She had only come to Cuernavaca when she became too ill to remain in her own home. Well over a thousand kilometers separate the two communities so the canine honour guard was made up of dogs who were strangers to Suarez.
Seeing the dogs follow her mother into the chapel, Urritia asked staff if that was normal. It was not. Urritia has no doubt they were there to honour her mother, somehow drawn to this woman who cared so deeply for animals. Perhaps they sensed the loving energy of Urritia, whose Facebook page shows her own compassion for animals. Whatever the case, the story is touching.