A dog owner in Ghana organised a mammoth funeral for his beloved 23 year old dog
Mourners came from as far away as South Africa to mourn Forfoe
It is definitely not the first of its kind, but what makes the development breathtaking is the location of the said funeral and the standard of living there. It happened at an unsuspecting place like Ehi near Sogakope in the Volta region.
The burial of the four-legged animal was characterized by all the glamour and flamboyance that are seen at funerals of humans.
The burial of Forfoe as it was affectionately called, drew dignitaries, including traditional rulers, from far and near to witness the farewell ceremony for the "historical dog.”
Just as it is with normal funeral rites, a 26-page Order of Service with the biography of the dead dog was distributed to mourners present.
Owner of the dead dog, Stephen Atatsithe, who organised the extravagant funeral explained that, “The dog 23-years-old belonged to my late mother. It stayed with her for 11 years and it has been 12 years since she passed on."
Bereaved Stephen Atatsithe further disclosed that a group of mourners from South Africa heard about the sad incident and decided to come to Ghana to join the funeral.
Mr. Atatsithe was highly elated at the turn up and the donations he received from sympathisers in relation to the burial ceremony, but would not reveal how much went into the entire organisation.
What is even more interesting is his revelation that “Somebody donated a cow and another person donated a pig to be killed for the event.”
It might beat one’s imagination why no less an animal than a cow or pig would be killed for the burial of a dog, but Mr. Atatsithe did not see anything wrong about it.
He resorted to the Bible to explain that, “God has given us dominion over those things [animals].”
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