All I can do when I look at this is burst into tears–the dog stayed there for two days.
Somebody please bless that dog with someone else to love.
For me it recalls the old story of a man who died in his late 70s. Upon reaching heaven he sought out his favourite dog. St. Peter took him immediately to the dog, who showed no interest. The man was devastated.
St. Peter said, “You have to understand, he last knew you as an 8-year-old boy.”
Makes one think of the bumper sticker: “Lord, please help me to become the man my dog thinks I am.”
I’m with Sarah (#1)!
My dogs have been some of the most special people I know. God bless all our loyal, furry friends.
It reminds me of the story of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh who similarly kept guard over his master’s grave:
Walt Disney made a movie of Grayfriars Bobby in 1961. I remember it still. I saw his grave and that of John Gray in Edinburgh in 1993.
And just yesterday we were wondering if anyone would come to our funerals.
There was an Akita, Hachiko, in Japan who, like Greyfriars Bobby, waited patiently at the station for his deceased master. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HachikÅ
I am sure there are untold other dogs who demonstrate this supreme loyalty to their people.
I hope Sarah’s wish above is fulfilled. Poor puppy.
â€œHeaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” Mark Twain
C. Wingate – the “Shep” story is remarkable. My dad was crazy about it, and one summer when I was in middle school we made the 1,000 mile round trip to stand at the memorial (up on the hill at that time) and learn the story. Dad was a broadcaster, and told the story year after year at Christmas over the air. Thanks for sharing that.
The story of Hachiko was made into a 2009 movie: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, starring Richard Gere. I’m not sure I’ve every cried so hard or so long for a movie. I’ve seen it in the t.v. listings recently, guaranteed tear jerker!
We give dogs the time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.
Reminded me of Greyfriars Bobby, as well. I have a devoted little terrier whom I named “Bobby” after the wee Scottish dog. 🙂 I visited the kirkyard and graves in Edinburgh several years ago.