The bond shared between human and dog is an ancient one. In
with CBC Radio Active, anthropologist Rob Losey explained that “[Humans] share
the same kind of basic biological response to each other. It’s not only a one
directional kind of thing. I think that’s what makes the relationship we have
with our dogs so special. That capacity arose in dogs and people a long time ago.
It’s not something that arose in the last few centuries. It’s very, very
Dogs have been our four-legged companions for thousands of
years. Time and time again they have proven their love, loyalty and devotion to
us. It was Roger Caras who said “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our
lives whole.” When it comes to dogs, have such words ever rang more true? We
can spoil our dogs with good food, fun toys and
, but it’ll never be enough to repay them for the million
kindnesses they bestow unto us each and every day. Here are three stories that
shine a bright spotlight on the constant companion that is a dog.
Sissy the Miniature Schnauzer
We’ve heard stories about dogs striking out on their own to
find an owner they haven’t seen in an hour, a day, week, a month or even years.
After missing her owner Nancy Franck for some days, 10-year-old Sissy traveled
between 15-20 blocks to the Mercy Medical Center, where her owner was
recuperating after a cancer-related surgery.
The pup wandered
looking for her owner and was spotted by an hospital security
officer whom upon reading the name tag realized the pooch had made a long
journey for being such a small little thing. Calling Nancy’s husband Dale to
inform him their dog was at the hospital, Nancy and Dale’s daughter drove to
the hospital to retrieve their beloved furry family member, but not before
stopping by Nancy’s room so that Sissy could say hello to her human mama.
Though Sissy had never before been to the hospital, she had
been to her owner’s workplace, just next door. Nancy said Sissy’s visit “helped
a lot, just to see her and talk to her.” Our dogs just seem to know when we
need them most, don’t they?
Bucky the Black
Mark Wessells, the proud owner of a black lab named Bucky,
with WPDE Carolina Live that his companion “[is] just really
smart. [Bucky] knows, I can have a conversation with him and he’ll talk back.”
In January 2012, Mark learned that his new home in Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina did not allow dogs. With a heavy heart, Mark left Bucky
in the care of his father in Winchester, Virginia. Bucky wouldn’t hear of it.
After Mark had moved, Bucky began a long, 500-mile trek to find Mark. When Mark
learned his dog had gone missing, he thought he was never going to see him
In August 2012, another young man living in Myrtle Beach
spotted a charismatic black lab running around his neighborhood. Taking the pup
to the vet to determine its health, it was discovered the dog had a microchip:
it was Bucky! Mark was called by the animal vet and was soon reunited with his
best friend. Mark said of the experience, “It’s just crazy he made it down here
on his own. You know it’s like
Homeward Bound is what
I’m thinking.” Clearly, the bond between human and dog knows no bounds.
Murphy the Golden
On a family camping
in 2012, the Braun family woke up to find that their golden Murphy was
missing. After an extensive search of the area, with fliers plastered around
Tahoe and a Facebook page dedicated to finding leads on the missing dog, it
wasn’t until two years later that another camper claimed to have spotted Murphy
not five miles from the spot the Braun family had camped.
Returning to the campsite, the Brauns’ set up camp, bringing
clothes and blankets from home that had their scent in the hopes that Murphy
would sniff them out and be reunited with her family. It would be another week
until Murphy returned to the campsite, and when she was found, she was fast
asleep atop the blankets and clothing her family had set out for her. Now back
with her family, Murphy is safe, secure and happy.
Dogs never give up. No matter the trials or tribulations
they endure, they hold steady and push on. Celebrate your pup’s noble spirit
and treat them to warm dog jersey from