The bond a man and his best friend shared was put on full display in Houston when a loyal dog waited for weeks for his owner to come home after he was killed while working at a convenience store.
Neighbors saw the German shepherd waiting at the front gate to the apartment complex where he lived with his owner, 54-year-old Hatem Abuharbid, who was killed during a robbery on Feb. 7.
"You could just tell that he was a lost dog," neighbor Cassandra Eubanks, who lives nearby, told ABC-owned station KTRK in Houston.
"He would follow the cars, and when he would realize that it was not his owner's car, he would just stand there and look helpless," Eubanks added.
Abuharbid was shot in the thigh when two men robbed the Kay-B convenience store where he worked in Houston, police said in a press release. The bullet pierced an artery in his leg, and he later died at the hospital.
But there was no way for Abuharbid's German shepherd to know any of this had happened.
"Of course he's confused, because he doesn't know what's going on, Eubanks said. "He hadn't seen his owner in two weeks."
Residents at the apartment complex left food and water for the dog, but he wouldn't go near anyone, KTRK reported. It took a good Samaritan and her dog to coax the orphaned pup away from the apartment on Monday.
"It just broke my heart to hear that the poor animal lost his owner, his best friend," Maranda Perez told KTRK.
It took an hour for Perez, who answered a plea for help on social media, to gain the dog's trust. He ran up three flights of stairs before she was able to get close enough to put a leash on him, she said.
"He was still very shaken up whenever I touched him," she said.
Perez will foster the dog for a week, she said, adding that Abuharbid's brother would like to adopt the pup after that.
The investigation into Abuharbid's death is ongoing, police told ABC News.