Together Forever: A Man And His Dog, Then And Now

February 27, 2013


This is anthropologist Grover Krantz and his Irish Wolfhound Clyde. Krantz died in 2002 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer and donated his body to science with one condition: his canine companions be kept with him after they pass. We're all crying now, right?

Before Krantz died, he said to Smithsonian anthropologist David Hunt, "I've been a teacher all my life and I think I might as well be a teacher after I'm dead, so why don't I just give you my body." When Hunt agreed, Krantz added, "But there's one catch: You have to keep my dogs with me."

So after Krantz passed, there was no funeral. Instead, his body was shipped to the University of Tennessee's body farm, where scientists study human decay rates to aid in forensic investigations. From there, he and his wolfhounds were housed in a green cabinet in the labyrinthine back halls of the Natural History Museum, the same place they keep the dinosaur bones.

Just beautiful. I still haven't given much thought of what I want done with my body after I die, but I think I want it tossed out of a helicopter over the plains of Africa and torn apart by lions. And I want somebody to make a documentary about the whole thing and I want it to be called, 'Limb from Limb: The Life and Death of the Geekologie Writer'. You'd watch that, right?

Thanks to Daryn, who wants to be shot out of a cannon. Another classic.


    you guys realize how improbable they natually died at the same time? he probably had his pet killed and "buried" with him like vikings and egyptians did.

  • John Whatmeworry

    ....or the dog died first and he kept the remains.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    This is amazing and quite touching, but my first reaction was to cry "way to find something MONTHS OLD on teh internets!!!1!1!!"

    ...only because I saw their bones in person at the Smithsonian 2 months ago and seemed to remember it being something I saw online... I feel like a total troll... and that the internet is taking over my life a little too much...

    BTW: they're on exhibition at the Smithsonian in the "Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake" exhibit... and have been since early 2009!

  • Closet Nerd

    Dr. Krantz, is that a bone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see your dog again?
    ..... just sayin

  • ziz

    Looks like it is a male dog

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Kelly can be a guy's name, too... HEY!

  • Jacques-Andr√© Langelier

    i'd nominate you for best actor @ Academy Awards

  • kikipatamoo

    Fry and Seymour, anyone?

  • Closet Nerd

    fun cartoons are not supposed to make you cry like that
    ..... just sayin

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