Chihuahua's Reaction to Seeing Bulldog's Ashes Brings Owner to Tears in Heartwarming Video


Cheryl Copeland’s 6-year-old chihuahua was the first to know that his fur-sibling was sick.

The chihuahua, Gamer, was often found inside his brother’s kennel. He seemed to be checking on the 7-year-old English bulldog, Bubba, licking his face with love and concern.

Copeland didn’t realize it at first, but quickly put the pieces together after Bubba, passed away suddenly from congestive heart failure.

Now, Copeland is certain that Gamer knew all along how sick Bubba was.

“They had a special bond,” Copeland told Inside Edition.

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The Copeland family was crushed when Bubba died. He was like a grandson, Copeland said, with an irresistible personality that made their family feel complete.

“He was just so special,” Copeland said.

The family decided to cremate Bubba, and were soon faced with the heart-wrenching moment of carrying their beloved pup’s ashes home in a box.

It was all they had left of Bubba, aside from the memories buried inside their hearts.

When Copeland placed the box on the floor in front of Gamer, the Chiuhauha’s reaction brought her to tears.

Gamer had also been grieving the loss of his bulldog brother, feeling the heavy ache that weighed on Copeland’s heart and inside their home. But now, the two were together again, albeit differently than ever before.


Through tears, Copeland watched as Gamer sniffed the wooden box, laying his furry body as close to Bubba as possible. The pup pawed at the box, rolling over it as if saying hello to a dear old friend.

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Gamer knew, Copeland insisted, that Bubba’s remains were inside the box. Just as he’d known Bubba was sick long before anybody else had a clue.

“He knew it was his brother,” Copeland said.

The touching moment will stick with her for a long time to come. Bubba may be gone, but his memory is very much alive.

“He’s still here with us,” she said, hugging her chihuahua in her arms.

While the Copeland household will always feel a twinge of sadness over the loss of their beloved pet, their hearts are warmed in knowing Bubba was so very loved.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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