Losing a friend is just one of the hardest punches that we will ever get in life. It’s an inevitable part of life that exempts nobody.
To cope with the sorrow and pain, we, humans, cry and grieve for days, weeks, months, and even years. We grieve and divert our attention to something else in order to move on from the loss.
Little do we know, animals also feel the same.
Meet Tricycle, the loyal dog!
He is a three-legged Golden Retriever rescue dog that lives at Horse Creek Steady Rescue Shelter in Mineral Bluff, Georgia.
This loyal pooch is a living proof that animals have emotions too. The animal shelter is filled with a large number of different species of animals with unique requirements like horses, goats, alpacas, llamas, and other dogs like Tricycle.
This rescued dog became known for his human-like behavior when he lost a number of animal buddies.
It all started 6 years ago when Major, a saved St. Bernard-mastiff mix died.
They took in Major in a extremely bad condition. He had severe back issues and because of the injuries, he lost the ability to walk. It didn’t take wish for Major and Tricycle to connect with each other, quite soon, they came to be really great furry buddies.
Unfortunately, because of the injuries caused by his abusive owner, Major, eventually crossed the rainbow bridge. The owner of the sanctuary, Lester Aradi, and his wife, Diane buried his remains in a makeshift plot on the farm.
His friend, Tricycle, was there all throughout the process. When they all believed it was going to be easy for the poor dog, both Lester and Diane were stunned by what they saw the following day.
They saw Tricycle lying next to Major’s grave.
The sight provided the couple chills, right there and after that, they recognized just how broken the canine truly was. Whenever he’s outdoors, the grieving dog was always beside the grave. He would certainly lay on it and look right into nowhere because he had no idea what happened.
What he just knew was that his buddy existed, sleeping quietly.
According to the couple, Tricycle grieved for three days.
Two years earlier, amid the pandemic, Tricycle lost one more buddy.
It was another animal resident of the shelter, 21-year-old alpaca called Trixie. Much like what happened the first time, the tragic event once again damaged the bad canine’s heart into smithereens.
On Trixie’s grave was Tricycle, helplessly grieving. He was simply where he last saw his friend, clueless if she ‘d ever return.
Tricycle was equally as caring towards the various other animals in the sanctuary, he’s everybody’s friend. Obviously, the sanctuary’s owners were likewise on the frontline when it comes to taking care, to sending the animals to their final destination.
” Every animal that has passed over the Rainbow Bridge has been buried on our farm so their spirits can live on where they spent the latter years of their lives,” Lester claimed.
They also released a book featuring Tricycle’s life story.
Gone but will never be forgotten.
They made it a habit to place a circle of rocks on graves of small animals like cats and dogs. While for the bigger ones, they ‘d plant fruit-bearing trees on them to “continue the circle of life.”
When these trees bear fruits, children that see the sanctuary have the possibility to choose their fruits. It’s a beautiful method of remembering the gorgeous memories left by the animals that were when the happiness of the farm.
Although it’s a bit unfortunate, this tale reminds us that animals also have emotions. They likewise make friends but grieve when they lose one.
It’s okay not to be alright. It’s okay to cry, just make sure to move forward after.
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