I couldn't help be touched by the story of Hawkeye, the brown lab who chose to lie near his master's casket, Jon Tumilsons, a deceased navy seal. Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, draped in an American flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him behind.
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 until the end.
Leave it to man's best friend to lead by example and teach us about devotion. It's not a wonder that the dog was so faithful though, his master died in the service of others. Leadership teaches us that those who follow will watch and emulate, Hawkeye is proof.