Dogs have been man’s best friend for countless centuries; they are loyal, faithful and loving to a fault. As a result, there are many touching and heartwarming true stories about dogs; here are just a few, starting with two from just the last month…
Arthur the Ecuadorian Adventure Dog
The Adventure Racing World Championship is a 430 mile endurance race where athletes hike, kayak and bike through the rainforests of the Amazon, taking it so seriously that they barely even stop to rest. At the beginning of one of the race’s stages, Mikael Lindnord of Swedish team Peak Performance threw a meatball to a stray dog – and made a new friend. Such a dedicated friend, in fact, that the dog (who the team named Arthur) followed them into the race, keeping up with them through mud and rough terrain. When they reached the kayak stage, they were advised to leave him behind, but Arthur simply took to the water alongside them, prompting them to pull him into the kayak and take him with them. They crossed the finishing line in 12th place, but with Arthur still alongside them – and Lindnord has since been able to complete the paperwork to adopt Arthur and take him home to Sweden.
On Sunday the 2nd November this year, Adam Nolan from Whitehaven took his dog Jasper out to Scafell Pike – England’s highest peak. To his dismay, his beloved border collie went missing. He took to social media to appeal for help, and before long the #FindJasper group on Facebook was 6,000 people strong and the last image of Adam and Jasper taken on the mountain (seen above) had gone viral. We’re pleased to say that this story has a happy ending – a member of the public, Geoff Horky, spotted Jasper at 2am the following Thursday morning, and with the help of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team he was reunited with a very relieved Adam.In turn, Jasper’s story has helped to raise over £50,000 for the mountain rescue team who brought him home.
One of the most famous stories of canine loyalty is that of Hachiko, an Akita who belonged to a professor at the University of Tokyo back in the 1920’s. Every day, Hachiko would go to Shibuya Station to greet his owner off the train. Sadly, one day in May 1925, the professor didn’t come home. He had suffered a cerebral brain haemorrhage and died. Hachiko, however, continued to wait at Shibuya Station for the next nine years until his own death, proving that a dog’s loyalty is truly beyond measure. A statue of Hachiko now stands at the station as an enduring reminder.
Swansea Jack was a black retriever who lived with his owner, William Thomas, close to the River Tawe in Swansea during the 1930’s. In June 1931, a 12 year old boy got into trouble in the river, and Swansea Jack dived in to save him. A few weeks later, he rescued another swimmer from the docks – this time in front of a crowd, which earned him an appearance in the local paper and a silver collar from the local council. This wasn’t the end of his heroism however – in total he rescued 27 people from the water. He was awarded the title of “Bravest Dog of the Year” in 1936 by the London Star newspaper, received a silver cup from the Lord Mayor of London, and earned two bronze medals from the National Canine Defence League – the equivalent of a Victoria Cross for dogs. After his death in 1937, a monument was raised through public subscription which can be seen to this day on the promenade.
Your canine companion may not make the headlines as these four did, but they will still offer you years of loyalty and love. Here at the Dog School, we offer dog training in Surrey to help you understand, encourage and bond with your dog – for more information contact us on 07734 447 812.