People living in a Chinese village have been so moved by a dog that has been guarding the grave of its deceased owner they plan to build a kennel for him.
The yellow dog belonged to Lao Pan, a single man who died earlier this month aged 68.
After his room in Panjiatun village near Qingdao city, Shandong Province, was cleared his dog disappeared.
But villagers later found the dog by the grave of its owner. Reports say that for seven days, the dog stayed there, refusing to leave.
Seeing that the dog was going without food, the locals tried to take it back to the village and gave it some buns.
The dog took the buns and returned to the graveyard.
Now the villagers are taking food and water to the dog regularly and plan to put up a kennel for it near its owner’s grave.
The story is reminiscent of Edinburgh’s Greyfriar Bobby, a Skye terrier who, history recalls, spent 14 years at his master’s grave in the 19th century.
He is now immortalised with a bronze statue in the city and has his own website.
Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for Edinburgh City Police. He was two when Gray died of tuberculosis in 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
The dog apparently spent the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave, cared for by well-wishers.
Several books and films have been based on his story.