When Ashley Lang’s 12-year-old golden retriever passed away in October, she wanted to give him a proper send-off.

She decided to spread Wagner’s ashes in his favorite park, so the Chicago woman made the trip to Colorado to say her final farewell.

As Lang said good-bye to her cherished dog and tossed his ashes into the wind, her friend snapped a photo on her phone. When they reviewed the photo later, Lang and her friend saw that the ashes seemed to take on the form of a dog’s silhouette, as if the animal were jumping into the air.

“It’s pretty remarkable… the tail and the legs and he looks like he’s, you know, leaping to go up,” Ashley told CBS Chicago. “Everyone keeps calling him the angel dog.”

While some Internet users have accused Lang of Photoshopping the picture, Lang says she believes that the photo is simply Wagner’s way of saying good-bye.

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

'Angel dog' jumps for joy once last time
Dog's owner believes the photograph was her beloved pet's way of saying good-bye.