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  • jrachelle

    Loyal Through Until the End. #dog #man #loyalty #hero #soldier

  • Gina Moore

    Truly man's best friend! The dog of slain Marine Jon Tumilson refused to leave his side during the Navy SEAL’s funeral in Rockford, Iowa. The heartbreaking photo taken by his cousin, Lisa Pembleton, shows Tumilson’s dog Hawkeye lying by the casket. (via The Daily Treat: Animal Planet)

  • Patsy Abigail

    This is why I love animals so much. This story is about one of the Navy Seals that died in Afghanistan...Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master unt...

  • Brittany Tennett

    This makes my heart hurt..... ROCKFORD, Iowa — A fallen Navy SEAL’s Labrador retriever proved his loyalty this week when he walked up to his master’s casket and lay down, refusing to leave his side. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, a San Diego resident, was among 30 American troops and 22 fellow SEALs killed when a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6. During his funeral in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa this week, Tumilson’s dog, ‘Hawkeye,’ walked up to the casket, heaved a sigh and dropped down as about 1,500 mourners looked on.

  • Danielle Fowler

    Oh my lord. This is so heartbreaking. Here's the story: They say that a dog is a man's best friend, and for Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, and his beloved and loyal dog Hawkeye, not even death could break this powerful bond. At Tumilson's funeral in Rockford on Aug. 19, his beloved canine lay at the foot of the casket throughout the ceremony. Tumilson's cousin Lisa Pembleton took the heart-wrenching photo of the devoted dog, known to Tumilson's family and friends as his "son." "I took this picture and that was my view throughout the entire funeral. I couldn't NOT take a picture," Pembleton said. "It took several attempts since every time I wasn't crying and could focus on taking it, there was a SEAL at the microphone and I didn't want to take a picture with them for security and respect reasons. Our family is devastated to say the least." Petty Officer Tumilson, from Rockford, Iowa, was one of 22 Navy SEALS who died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by Afghan insurgents, claiming the lives of 30 Americans. Dog Teaches Disabled How to Surf Watch Video Military Dog Hurt in Afghanistan Watch Video World's Shortest Woman Has Big Dreams Watch Video More than 50 SEALs were in attendance at the funeral. Though the funeral was taped, most of it was only audio so as not to disclose the identity of the SEALs. "From a young age, J.T. wanted nothing more than to be a SEAL," said an attendee, possibly a SEAL, in a speech at the funeral. "I didn't realize the depth of his desire until I stepped into his bedroom at his parent's house for the first time. His room was a shrine … pictures, paintings, books and videos all related to being a Navy SEAL." Tumilson joined the Navy in 1995 and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, in addition to numerous medals he won throughout his service. He is survived by a large family, including his parents, two sisters and many extended relatives. "Even though you were the baby of the family, I want you to know how much I looked up to you," said one of his sisters, speaking through tears at the funeral. "You always showed so much strength, courage, determination and selfless love." In a statement, Tumilson's family said that he "died living his dream as a Navy SEAL." "Jon was a Navy SEAL and he was proud to die this way—for his country and for the people he loved so much," his family wrote. "We respect the nature of their jobs and the need to protect these men and women so they can continue to serve our nation; therefore, we will not provide details of Jon's military service." Hawkeye is being cared for by a friend of Tumilson's.

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  • Nikki Thomas

    Man has no one in the world. Dog had no one in the world. Now they have eachother. Sometimes that is all you need to survive.

  • Sarah Roberts

    SO sad how some people in this world could have such cold hearts. The dog looks healthy and is clearly loved more then some dogs who live with the richest of owners. Where I used to live there was a homeless man who had a dog and he would make sure the dog always had food before he did. God is at work here and you can see how much they both need eachother!

  • Debbie Gibbons

    Several weeks ago, I ran across something similar. A homless man and his dog. The night was supposed to dip into the 20's with the potential of snow. I bought the dog a bag of food and gave the man money. I found out how many people are so kind. One person had him and the dog get in their car to keep warm, while another helped him find a place to stay. It was not a shelter as shelters don't allow animals, but a building on their property. The dog was so well behaved and looked so healthy. That dog ment everything to the man. He could never imagine life with out it. God gave him the dog for comfort and gave the dog him to take care of him.

  • Anne Marie Kane

    i cried too...sad for both. be thankful for what you have. peace & love...

  • Marilyn Nickel

    Love is what matters...they are keeping each other strong.

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