This is the heartwarming moment a loyal dog stood over her owner’s coffin during an emotional wake.
The boxer, called Belinha, had supported her owner, Telma Maria Pereira de Andrade, through a battle with cancer until she sadly passed away.
According to Andrade’s son Dionisio Neto, Belinha stood protecting her owner’s coffin during the wake in Teresina, Brazil.
He said: “At the wake she (Belinha) stood up when people came up to the coffin.
“She got up and was protecting.”
He added: “She stayed under the coffin all night.”
Telma Maria died after cancer had spread to her pancreas, liver, lungs and spine.
Her son said that his mother had had a special relationship with the four-year-old boxer, telling reporters the dog was “like a nurse”.
He added: “She gave my mother a lot of company, and kept her spirits up.
“They did everything together, starting with breakfast.”
The family said they would take Belinha to her owner’s grave a week after the burial.
Andrade left behind her husband and two sons, who will now look after Belinha in the family home.