After Brazil flooding, loyalty to the dead
January 17th, 2011
06:10 PM ET

After Brazil flooding, loyalty to the dead

As the death toll from devastating flooding in Brazil continues to rise, a single picture drives home the sense of loss.

Leao, a medium-sized brown mutt,  lies next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the catastrophic landslides caused by heavy rain.  This AFP/Getty picture was taken on Saturday, the second consecutive day that the dog refused to leave the woman's grave at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero.

Brazilians are bracing for more rain, fearing more landslides after waves of muddy water swallowed towns in the country's worst flood disaster on record.

At least 655 deaths were reported in a mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro state, northeast of the city of Rio.

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  1. jean

    i hope someone picks her up and takes her- i would take her if they want to get her to florida. she needs a new understanding person.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donna

    I'ts so sad that so many view a dog as "just an animal" and nothing more and treat them as such. After looking at that picture, you just have to realize that they have feelings and emotions just like we do! Dogs seem to show love much more willingly than most humans do...humans a can learn a lot from them. We should love each other as much as our animals love us. The world would certainly be a much better place. That poor dog is so heartbroken and devastated. I really hope another loving person will take him in and love him like his previous owner must have.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. opie and anthony lover forever


    January 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maggie

    awww I hope lots of ppl that see this learn to luv and care for animals

    January 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. opie and anthony lover forever

    I just hope o&a don't cover this one. It'll be bad.

    Chester's Liver

    January 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Locode

    Maybe the owner is still alive, that's why the dog is waiting for someone to dig her out.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    This also reminds me of the amazing story of Hachiko...the loyal dog from early 1900's Tokyo. This is a very famous dog who stayed at the train station for 10 years waiting for his master to return from shool, yet the master died at the university of a heart attack. There was even an American movie made about this dog. Really a heart warming story. This is why I hug and appreciate my 13 and 14 year old mutts every day:

    January 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. opie and anthony lover forever

    Or ivan, floods everywhere, in the us, republicans in control of the house.
    oh and have We forgot about the oil spill, and our troops dying already? Look around, the US is hammered.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Goyoman

    If you think this is something, watch the dvd "Hachi-A Dogs Tale". A true story that will make you sob like a little baby.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. opie and anthony lover forever

    Or maybe they're sarcastic and going for a laugh or trying to be antagonistic to see what will be said. Just a thought.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hans

    just following the thread its love what connects us we all have souls just animals cant sin we can or for the lack of a better word fail in our actions I was never ever betrayed by an animal ever so I guess that little guy will find a new home or die of heartache (have heard both) If you can help a little fellow do you wont regret peace

    January 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Margie

    Is anyone taking care of this dog,now? Hopefully the wonderful SPCA or Humane Society disaster response teams will help. Until then I hope the locals are able to help the poor dog.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kbbcoop

    Dont worry, I heard a family of Cambodians picked him up, he should be well now. (Medium Well)

    January 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |

    knick knack paddy whack give that dog a bone..

    January 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PhattiDPozit

    The article clearly states the dog is a female, please stop calling her a him. She deserves better....

    January 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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