I just need to think about my dogs, and there is no doubt their loyalty exceeded any human I have ever known, day in and day out.
Take my blond Labrador, Chrystal or “Chrissy”. A bundle of energy at seven weeks when I first visited my business colleague, breeder, and dog handler. This little puppy bounded up to me immediately after I sat on the lawn. After two hours, it was clear, Chrissy and I were meant for one another. 12 puppies, and she chose me. Intelligent, easy to train and she unlike most Labs, settled into a disciplined routine within a short time. She designated herself as my protector, never leaving my side unless I forced her away from me.
A year after a serious auto accident, and thousands of dollars of costly personal dog care for her and her sister whom I had also adopted, I came to the terrible conclusion: I just couldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t fair to either of the dogs that I couldn’t care or play with them. Annie, the unusual chocolate/Maltese blue lab went to my neighbor.
Chrissy though, was difficult for me to part with. After screening a number of potential second owners, finally, a gentleman with a male yellow lab came by and instantly fell in love with my dog. I will always remember the sad look of betrayal in her eyes as she sat in the back seat of his vehicle, down the long driveway, making the left turn, up the hill, then finally making the right turn at the stop sign. She never broke eye contact with me until we could no longer see each other. I cried as my husband held me up because I still couldn’t stand on my own.
My little Samson Shi-a-poo was the first ever, personal rug-rat I had. Several years after Chrissy, my husband realized the loss of her was weighing heavily on my heart. When we first had married, we agreed we would not have a little rug-rat dog, but he caved in for my sake knowing physically, I still could not care for a larger pet. Samson’s Ewok cuteness melted even my 6’3”, manly-man husband. The photo of this itty bitty puppy sitting in a flower pot was just too much to ignore. The breeder flew him first-class to me. When I met him at the airport customs, the officers each offered to take him off of my hands, that is how adorable he was. No matter the time of day or night, where I had been, Samson was the first to greet me and the last to see me.
When my husband had to undergo a new extended cancer treatment requiring us to be separated for several months, he stayed with one of our sons. I made the choice to leave Samson with him believing that would help my husband. Two days later, I received separate texts, then phone calls from my two sons that Samson was dying. They also informed me; my husband (their father) was not doing well. The doctor and the cancer clinic cancelled the treatments stating my husband was not doing well being separated from me. Long story short, a dear friend of ours, took time off from work and drove both my husband and Samson 1200 miles to me. Both were suffering from severe separation anxiety. The mere physical separation away from me was intolerable. Loyalty separation I called.
Then there is Murphy, my chocolate Labradoodle. Like Chrissy, easily trained. Murphy is probably the most intelligent dog I have had the pleasure of having. I got him for my husband thinking Murphy could keep him company while I was away at work during the days, as well as keep an eye on him if anything should happen, i.e.: a fall, injury, whatever. Murphy would bark, figure out how to run to a neighbor and get help, that is how well-trained he is. However, COVID-19 forced me to be home. Murphy decided he was my protector, even to the point he goes into protective mode if my husband wanders in the evening, or wee hours of the morning, and I am up working. Murphy stays by my side at all times. He does not allow me out of his sight even when playing outside in the fields.
Heartbreakingly loyal dogs who waited for their owners
These incredible loyal dogs waited years for owners they didn’t realize had died.
By Team Pickle|7:25pm Aug 01, 2016 [sic]
Since November 2015, a dog named Negão has waited for his owner outside Ruth Cardoso Hospital in Saint Catarina, Brazil — unaware that the man, who was homeless, is never coming out to greet him. Negão reportedly chased his best friend’s ambulance to the hospital, where the man died in the emergency ward. The loyal dog hasn’t left the hospital grounds since, even refusing to go home with potential adopters. He’s cared for by volunteers and hospital employees — who claim his ears still perk up when he hears an ambulance sirens. Sniff. (Luiz Souza/RBS TV)
Hachiko was an Akita owned by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo. Every day, the dog met Ueno at Shibuya Station on his return home from work — until 1925, when the professor died of a fatal brain [sic] haemorrhage. Not knowing his master had died, Hachiko waited at the train station every day for nearly a decade, until his death in 1935.
3. Nathan Cirillo’s dogs
Nathan Cirillo was a 24-year-old soldier who died when a gunman targeted Canada’s National War Memorial in October 2014. After his death, his dogs were photographed peeking out under the fence of his Ontario home as they waited for him to return, unaware of the tragedy that had befallen him.
Bolivia’s Hachiko, dubbed Huachi, is a crossbreed from the city of Cochabamba who’s waited more than five years for an owner who will never return. The dog reportedly ran alongside his master, a university student, as the man rode a motorbike to and from school — until the day in 2009 when the young man was killed in a collision with a taxi. Huachi waits on the street corner where the accident happened, still crying and howling for his lost owner, according to locals.
In the early 1940s, Italian worker Carlo Soriani adopted an injured street dog and named him Fido — from the Latin word for “faithful”. The name was well chosen. Every day, Fido accompanied Soriani to the street in the Tuscan town of Borgo San Lorenzo where he caught the bus to work, and met him there at the end of the day. The dog kept doing this even after Soriani was killed by bombs in World War II. Fido trekked to the bus stop every day for the next 14 years — that’s more than 5000 visits — until his death in 1958. Even Hachiko seems disloyal by comparison.
Italian woman Maria Margherita Lochi adopted several stray dogs before she died in late 2012. One of them was Tommy (his name is also reported as Ciccio), a seven-year-old German shepherd who waited at her church for months after her death. The heartbroken dog became a [sic] favourite of parishioners at Lochi’s church.
“He used to come to Mass with Maria and he was obviously devoted to her — I let him stay inside as he was always so well behaved,” Father Donato Panna told the Daily Mail. “I didn’t have the heart to throw him out.”
7. Old Shep
Shep was a dog — possibly an Australian shepherd — who loitered around the Great Northern Railway station in Fort Benton, Montana, in the 1930s. According to legend, Shep first came to the train station when his dead owner’s body was loaded into a carriage to be transported back to the eastern United States for burial. Shep seemed distressed as the train pulled away, and waited for his master to return for five-and-a-half years until he was struck by a train in 1942.
8. Greyfriars Bobby
Then there are the dogs who mournfully stood guard at their owners’ gravesites — such as Greyfriars Bobby, a 19th-century Skye terrier from Edinburgh, Scotland. After the death of his owner, a night watchman, Bobby supposedly spent 14 years sitting at the man’s grave until he himself died in 1872 — though the story’s veracity is still hotly disputed. Nevertheless, a monument to the dog and his loyalty is still a popular Edinburgh attraction. (Image: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P./Flickr)
Shortly after the death of Argentinian man Miguel Guzmán’s in 2006, his dog Capitán disappeared. But the German shepherd mix hadn’t run away — he was found at Guzmán’s grave in the small town of Villa Carlos Paz. In 2012, the New York Daily News reported that Capitán had continued to visit the gravesite every day for six years. Guzmán’s teenage son Damián, Capitán’s technical owner, was happy for the dog to spent most of its time in the graveyard. “If he wants to stay there, it’s fine that he remains: he’s taking care of my dad,” he said. (Image: La Voz del Interior)
10. Romanian dog
A dog made headlines in Romania in May 2016 for waiting five years outside the home of its dead owner in the rural village of Malu Mare. According to locals who feed the stricken dog, it rarely barks or moves from its position outside the house.
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