Wiley the wolf-dog had a unique way of expressing his sadness over the passing of his family’s matriarch.
In a video entitled “Wiley crying over grandma” — reposted this week to Vine — this noble creature proves to us that dogs have feelings, too.
Even so, it being YouTube, there were critics, who stated that Wiley was “reverse sneezing” and not actually sad at all. To that, the original poster of the video — sarahvarley13 — had this to say:
“To add some clarification: I am not a vet so I can’t say if he’s reverse sneezing as some of you are stating. I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn’t done it since. I may be anthropomorphosizing his actions but it’s how I’m choosing to deal with loss, so deal with it.”
From our vantage point, he certainly doesn’t look happy. But here, have a look for yourself:
Most of the 2.5 million people who have now watched that heart-touching video agree that the dog seems to be expressing emotion, or that dogs are fully capable of doing so.
User MrApache101 called this type of dog “the most loving and caring animals I’ve ever known,” adding “no other dog” he’s seen has been able to “express its true feelings toward you like a wolf-dog can.”
“And yes,” he adds, “the dog is sobbing, dogs can cry. Dogs can also ‘reverse sneeze’ but that is not related to the feelings of the dog (really)”
Sherry Marr agrees. “This just breaks my heart. I had a wolf-dog for fourteen years, and it was the deepest connection of my life – he was extremely intelligent and devoted and I am glad he died first so he didn’t have to go through what Wiley is suffering. I still cry for missing him three years later. This just breaks my heart, and made me cry.”
Jonathon Smith: “This just shows us that dogs have feelings just like us humans and this is touching!! Just shows how much love dogs have for us when we treat them with respect and love and mostly loyalty!!”
Most ordinary people who don’t carry a YouTube-sized chip on their shoulders know there’s a lot of truth in what the above commenters state, not just about the wolf-dog but all pet dogs and cats.
In a less somber video, we recently showed you how gentle these creatures are with human babies. If they can experience love like that, they can also experience loss. Our heart goes out to you, Wiley the wolf-dog.