It was an evening ritual for 65-year-old David Sparkes and his 11-year-old springer spaniel, Mistle, to take a seven-mile walk. It was a route Sparkes had taken for 20 years, and when they set out on a September evening, no one thought it would be any different.
But that night, Sparkes slipped as he crossed a rural fence by the river, falling and breaking three ribs. While Sparkes tragically passed away, his loyal friend stayed with him until they were found by police five hours later.
Source: h/t Yahoo! News