Heartbroken Dog Waits Patiently Every Day For His Human To Return

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

May 22, 2016

The photo of a dog lying before a memorial has left thousands heartbroken for his family. The pup’s owner, Abraham Martinez, was recently killed in a car accident, and Jax waits every day for him to come home.

jax in front of memorial

“We love [Abraham] deeply, need him desperately, and miss him enormously,” Abraham’s sister, Alexandra Martinez, told BuzzFeed News. She added:

My family and I are in complete shock, denial, sadness, anger, frustration, and deep, deep pain all in one.

jax and abraham snuggling

The family has received an enormous amount of support online—many feeling a particular type of heartbreak for Jax, who still expects Abraham to walk through the door.


Alexandra said Jax has started to “mope around the house, which is completely unlike him,” adding that he “walks around the house as if he’s looking for something and when he gives up he just sighs and sleeps.” Since Abraham passed, the pup has hardly touched his food.

“He usually sleeps with my other dog,” she said, “but lately he’s been sleeping in the middle of the living room or right outside my brother’s room.”

The Martinez family is beyond touched by the response to Jax’s memorial photo, though, Alexandra said, “It is going to be incredibly hard to fill this void in each of our lives and in our family.”


On behalf of everyone at BarkPost, we are so sorry for your loss.

h/t BuzzFeed, featured image via @cassandraxo/Twitter

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

May 22, 2016