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Dog Dies of Broken Heart

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

My great-grandmother had a little dog named Buster, who was her sidekick and faithful companion for many years. I remember her demonstrating Buster's skills and dedication during one of my visits to her home in upstate New York as a young girl.

Buster Reese in 1970

"Say Mama!", she commanded.

"Rara", Buster replied obediently and with authority.

When Great-Grandma died in 1988, Buster died very soon after, within days, from what I remember. I was told he died from a broken heart. Loyal to the end, his purpose had been fulfilled, bringing joy and happiness to his loving master.

While writing this, I dug out Great-Grandma's photo album, searching for a picture of Buster. I found this one, dated Nov. 1970, which I believe is Buster!

It's funny how those brief moments of happy memories come back to the surface after many years.

I was reminded of Buster recently when I saw this sad story published in the New York Sun, October 23, 1936.

New York Sun, October 23, 1936

Dog Dies of Broken Heart

Kennett, Mo., (UP) - An 11-year-old rat terrier owned by Mrs. U. A. Presnell died when the boy who play with the dog moved from here. The dog refused to eat.

Have you heard similar stories? Share in the comments below!


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