Neighbors report that a dog whose owner died five years ago continues to wait outside the property every day, faithfully guarding his deceased companion’s home.

Nobody in the small village of Malu Mare, Romania knows the heartbroken animal’s name, nor much about his owner. However, they see the loyal dog sitting in front of the gate day after day, blocking anyone from trespassing.

“The dog is not aggressive, but won’t let anyone in, he just guards the property,” said Alexandru Dicu, the village mayor. “The dog is waiting for his master. He looks sad.”

Villagers have provided the dog with food and water, allowing the animal to continue his daily routine while remaining relatively healthy.

This loyal and mysterious dog is not the first to stand vigil at their home after the owner has deceased — though he has almost certainly lasted longer than most.