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Dedication, devotion and love – all a dog has to give

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So many good dog stories are published around holiday time. Just this past week an article about two dogs in China came about. One dog stayed with his friend that had been hit and killed by an automobile. He laid right by his companion’s side until which time the dog was removed and taken to be buried.
On December 30th, another great tale of recovery was presented by Keila Szpaller in the Missoulian. This story one of a missing dog found several months after a car crash killed his human companion.
If we ever stop to consider, although many people feel that dogs are the lower species, why is it that they seem to come to a human’s aide each and every time we need some sort of rescue? And when we consider that aspect of their lives, we must then stop to consider that dogs have to have emotions or they could not react to ours.
That being said, it should not surprise us that a dog involved in a car crash with his human would run off once he saw to it that his human would be taken care of; knowing full well that his human was no longer physically with him. The dog’s devotion lasted until the bitter end as he laid in Mike Murphy’s lifeless lap after Murphy’s SUV crashed and flipped end-over-end into the Blackfoot River. Once he made certain that Murphy would be taken care of, he bolted.
For months searchers looked for the dog, but he was nowhere to be found. Just like human beings need to resolve their emotions in their own way, perhaps dogs do, too. Cesar Millan has divulged information about The Science of Canine Emotions: What’s Behind a Dog’s Feelings?
With his knowledge of canines, Cesar pointed out that a dog may react to grief by displaying signs of distress: loss of appetite, fear, depression, sleeping too much or too little, and anxiety. (Sounds familiar doesn’t it?) Human beings’ feelings are not dissimilar when reacting to a loss. Perhaps the dog that was recently located, months after he went missing, was finally ready to be found. He is finally ready to get on with life without his beloved Mike Murphy.
Just because dogs are not able to communicate verbally, it does not mean that they do not care. A dog’s dedication, devotion and love are the way that they communicate. If their behavior seems to be a bit off, this could be another form of communication.
Just as Hachi, the famous true story made into a movie, revisited the scene he last played out with his human companion, Matt, the dog in this story, knew what happened to his companion and needed the time to set things straight before reentering society.
Dogs are more like us than we may ever realize. They are just typically better than many humans and are quieter when they do the right thing!

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