At the beginning of this month, a collapsed coal mine in Rancheras, Coahuila, northeast Mexico, killed seven coal workers. However, one of the victim’s devoted pets continues to visit the last place his late master was seen alive, and he has been doing it every day.
Cuchufleto, the black and white dog with sorrowful eyes and boundless devotion, returned to the mine every day for weeks following the accident in the hopes of seeing his owner, Gonzalo Cruz, reports the DailyMail.
“Maybe he thinks that my husband is still there, he turns around and comes back and stays lying,” said Cruz’s widow Sandra Briseño.
The walls of the coal layer fell due to a flood, trapping seven miners on Friday, June 4. Cruz was the fourth body to be found on Sunday, June 6.
Cuchufleto became miserable and suffers greatly due to Cruz’s death, howling and crying. The dog had daily accompanied Cruz on the half-mile morning trip to the mine since Cruz had adopted him six months prior.
“He would leave with my husband at 6:30 am”, Briseño recalled. “He even went inside with my husband to the mine. He did not care that it was dark. There he was. Sometimes he would go out and wait for him outside,” she said.
If Cruz did not return in the afternoon, the dog would go out again and look for him. The dog would follow Cruz on days when he worked a second shift and stayed until morning so that Cruz would not go home alone, Briseño went on to say.
Cuchufleto noticed that Cruz had not come back home on the afternoon of the catastrophic accident and proceeded to the mine on his own to greet his owner. However, the dog was only met by several rescuers struggling to reach the victims, Briseño told television station 15 Sabinas.
“On the day of the accident, my dog was there with my husband and (after the accident) he sniffed, then scratched and scratched at the mouth, wagged his tail, clinging because he knew my husband was there,” said the widow, with a broken voice and tears in her eyes.
Cuchufleto stayed outside the mine until Cruz’s body was found. Cuchufleto did not come back home until late that night, according to Briseño.
The bewildered dog had spent his days waiting for Cruz to return from his work since then. Even though weeks had gone by after the mine disaster, Cuchufleto did not eat much and mostly drank water.
“One day he was crying and crying, moaning, like a cry when something hurts. It is the pain that he feels for the absence of my husband who he has not seen,” the widow recalled.