This grief-stricken dog has sat outside the hospital where his owner died eight months ago, unaware that their reunion will never happen.
The adorable pooch, named Negão, refuses to budge from outside the Ruth Cardoso Hospital in Santa Catarina, Brazil, since the end of last year.
His owner, said to be a homeless man, was rushed there suffering from what turned out to be a fatal infection and Negão watched him stretchered inside.
Negao has patiently waited for 8 months
Showing fierce loyalty, the pup has sat outside ever since, not knowing that his owner will never walk back out the doors where he was wheeled in.
Staff at the hospital say that Negão takes an interest in every ambulance that arrives, desperately looking to see if his owner is on board.
The dog has been given food and drink during his tragic vigil but attempts to have him adopted only saw him run away - straight back to the hospital grounds.
Hosptal staff say they will always care for Negao. They don't see him ever
leaving his lonely vigil
A local animal charity now keep a close eye on Negão, giving him regular check-ups and taking him out for walks.
Hospital officials insist he will always be looked after, saying, “As long as he remains here, we will give all the care, warmth and love he needs.”