For a wolf-dog named Wiley, he certainly missed his human grandma, Gladys Eisenstat. Although she lived a long life, living up to the age of 85, there’s no doubt that her loved ones, including Wiley, would be missing her terribly.
Because of the strong bond Wiley had with Grandma Gladys, his owners decided to take him to her gravesite at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles one day to give him the opportunity to properly mourn. While some might think that a dog wouldn’t care to visit a grave, let alone understand the meaning behind a grave, Wiley’s reaction stunned everyone.
In a viral video of the dog, which has earned more than nine million views, Wiley is seen breathing heavily with squinty eyes as he’s lying on Gladys’s grave. The poor guy is all choked up over the loss of Grandma!
“We miss her too,” Mom says while Dad pets Wiley to calm him down.
Although Wiley’s reaction is convenient given the location (i.e., Grandma’s gravesite), some suggest that the dog isn’t crying but that he’s possibly reverse sneezing, but his owner, who certainly knows the dog better than video viewers behind a screen, has a different perspective.
“I am not a vet so I can’t say if he’s reverse sneezing…I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn’t done it since. I may be anthropomorphizing his actions but its how I’m choosing to deal with loss…” says Sarah Varley in the description of the video.