Last August, the dear pup of Michelle Buckley and her family passed away. Burleigh had been giving joy to the family for 17 years.

“Burleigh, we love you so much,” Buckley wrote at the time. “Thank you for all the love you gave us.”

It’s been a year since Burleigh cross the rainbow bridge. He was laid in the quiet corner of their backyard yet the pup’s love lingers on still.

A couple of months ago, the Buckleys decided to open their hearts to a new pet. Dougie joined the family not long after. The family soon came to sense that the two pups shared a mysterious connection given that Dougie was born after Burleigh passed away.

Buckley began to notice that when she let Dougie out into the yard in the morning, he would always head to the same spot — the site of Burleigh’s grave.

“We have such a huge yard for Dougie to explore, yet every morning for about an hour he sits calmly here, right where Burleigh is buried,” Buckley wrote.

Why Dougie is drawn to the spot is unknown but Buckley has a guess. “It seems like he knows,” she wrote.

While Dougie may have never met the pup his family loved before him, they nevertheless seem to share some unexplained connection that draws Dougie to that spot each and every morning.

Seeing it firsthand, his family can’t help but feel moved.

“He must sense something,” Buckley wrote, adding: “He is the sweetest puppy and he’s healing our hearts.”