Brace yourselves, because this video is probably going to move you to tears.
In this short clip, a service dog named Wiley appears to cry at the grave of his handler’s grandmother.
The video was posted to the website of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), a shelter in Ventura County, Calif., that specializes in the care of wolfdogs and horses.
The footage shows Wiley making crying noises at the grave of Gladys, described by the LARC website as “a family member, and a supporter” of the animal rescue center. “She will be forever missed, especially by Wiley,” the site reads.
The video, which has received over 8 million views, sparked a heated debate. Is the wolf-dog really crying, or is this another case of anthropomorphosizing dog behavior? Many skeptics have argued that the dog in the video is actually reverse sneezing.
This weird canine phenomenon is characterized by rapid involuntary inhalation through the nose, and is usually associated with brachycephalic dogs – dogs with smushed faces such as Pugs and Boston Terriers. Reverse sneezing also generally happens when a dog is excited. Open Next Page To See more