Mᴏᴜʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏss of someone we love is essential. While some try to stay strong and not ᴄʀʏ after the ᴘᴀssɪɴɢ of a person or pet they care about, taking the time to properly ᴍᴏᴜʀɴ and ʀᴇᴍɪɴɪsᴄᴇ the positive memories of the individual lost helps one mentally and emotionally transition into life without that person or pet.
For a wolf-dog named Wiley, he certainly ᴍɪssᴇᴅ his human grandma, Gladys Eisenstat. Although she ʟɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ʟᴏɴɢ ʟɪꜰᴇ, living up to the age of 85, there’s no doubt that her loved ones, including Wiley, would be missing her ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟʏ.
The video was posted to YouTube by user sarahvarley13 on April 14 and had received more than 79,000 views at the time of writing. It was also posted to the website of the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), a Ventura County, Calif., shelter that specializes in the care of wolfdogs and horses.
The short clip shows Wiley makes crying noises at ᴛʜᴇ Gʀᴀᴠᴇ of Gladys, described by the LARC website as “a family member, and a supporter” of the animal rescue center. “She will be forever ᴍɪssᴇᴅ, especially by Wiley,” the site reads.
“I can tell you that he has never done that before and hasn’t done it since. I may be anthropomorphosizing his actions but its how I’m choosing to deal with ʟᴏss,” sarahvarley13 wrote in the description of the video on YouTube.
“We miss her too,” Sarah are often heard telling the dog from behind the camera, as Wiley is seen ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ ʜᴇᴀᴠɪʟʏ as if he was ᴜɴᴅᴇʀɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴛᴇʀʀɪʙʟᴇ ᴘᴀɪɴ.
Sarah Varley is Gladys’ granddaughter. She explained that Wiley was one of the service wolf-dogs that help ᴠᴇᴛᴇʀᴀɴs, like Gladys, when they returned to the community and cope with the effects of ᴘᴏsᴛ-ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ sᴛʀᴇss ᴅɪsᴏʀᴅᴇʀ, providing ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ and care through LARC and a program called Warriors and Wolves.
Varley said the money she earned from YouTube allowed her to work and stay at ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʟꜰ sᴀɴᴄᴛᴜᴀʀʏ without having to demand for a paycheck. The money largely helped the sanctuary, too.
Varley’s cousins opened the sanctuary back in 2010. She herself struggled with PTSD, including ᴘᴀɴɪᴄ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋs and ɴɪɢʜᴛ ᴛᴇʀʀᴏʀs.
“When I walked into the enclosure with ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʟᴠᴇs it all melted away,” she said. “Wolves are beautiful, strong, big animals, and when you’re with them, it’s ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴛᴀᴋɪɴɢ,” she continued to say.