Man's Best Friend

I can only imagine everyone is well acquainted with the expression ‘A Dog is a man’s best friend’

I’ve certainly seen this phrase realised on more than one occasion.

In this little article, I’ve listed my top 3 favourite anecdotes where dogs have gone out of their way to prove just how much they love their owners.

No. 3: Dog Mourns at the funeral of a Navy SEAL

This story was a huge tear jerker for me. In August, 2011 at the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, his faithful companion and best friend, ‘Hawkeye’, wandered up to the front of the funeral service, and lay by the side of his casket. Hawkeye is a beautiful black Labrador, and during the entirety of the service, he lay next to his master. Loyal to the very end.

No. 2: Dog stays by his master’s grave for 6 yrs

In Argentina, a man by the name of Miguel Guzman passed away in a hospital, and was buried in a cemetery far away from home. At about the same time, his dog ‘Capitan’ went missing. A few days later, after the burial service, Capitan was spotted in the cemetery. He did a few laps, found his master’s grave, and sat by his master’s side. This has continued every single day at 6pm, for the past 6 yrs.

What’s is particularly amazing about this story, is that Capitan had never been to the cemetery, yet somehow found his way back to his master’s side, all on his own!

No. 1: Adopted dog saves infant child

And my personal favourite! In this circumstance, a family adopted a dog by the name of Duke from a local shelter approximately 6yrs ago. Duke, who is ordinarily very obedient, woke up his owners one night by shaking uncontrollably on their bed in an attempt to get their attention. He had never done anything like this before, so Duke’s owners were suitably concerned. They decided to check on their baby girl, who was sleeping in the room next door.

Whether incidentally or not (you make your own decision), their 9 week old infant baby, Hazel, had stopped breathing in the next room. They called 911, and an ambulance arrived, Hazel was taken to hospital and subsequently revived. Without Duke’s intervention, they would have never been alerted, and Hazel would have probably passed away.

I hope these stories help you to appreciate the abundance of love and loyalty your dog gives you on a daily basis, so you can hopefully give the same in return.

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