Dogs might be animals but a lot of people treat theirs not merely as pets but as part of the family, even providing them with a bed to sleep on and delicious food to eat, not just the family’s scraps and leftovers.
For one retired principal in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, her dog has become her daughter after the death of her only child; thus, when the dog also died, she gave it a funeral fit for a human daughter…
Gloria Rarama owned a Labrador retriever named Angelina which she had always treated as her daughter. When her only son Maxwell died in December 2016, Angelina was all she had left. The two were inseparable.
Sadly, a year after Maxwell died, Angelina got sick. Gloria brought her to a vet for an operation on her cyst but the dog died on December 30, 2017.
Understandably, Gloria was devastated over the death of her ‘daughter’, especially because it was just a year after her son’s death. So, instead of just burying Angelina in the yard just like other dogs would have been interred, Gloria held a wake for her beloved ‘daughter’.
She had a coffin made for Angelina, a special one that fit the dog perfectly. Then, just as what she would have done for a human daughter, she held a 9-day wake for her dog daughter.
At the end of this grieving period, a funeral service was held for Angelina. It was attended by around 100 people. The dog would be buried in a special grave made at Gloria’s backyard so the old lady could easily visit her beloved pet/daughter anytime she wants to.
Others thought this was a little weird but others expressed full support, saying dogs are truly not just pets but family as well; thus, what Gloria did for hers was something extra special and worthy of praise.