Real-Life Stories Proving Dogs' Loyalty

For reasons that still escapes many of us, loyalty seems to be wired in every dog’s DNA. They cry when we leave the house, they jump with joy when we return, and they endlessly fawn over us to get our affection. But while these behaviors are usually found in all canines, some pooches take their loyalty a couple of miles further. Check out some of the true stories below to find out more.

Capitán: A Canine’s 11-Year Vigil

For 11 long years, Capitán made his home at a memorial park to guard the resting place of his former owner Miguel Guzmán. The black Alsatian had been keeping vigil over Guzmán’s grave since his death in 2006, and attempts by family members to bring him back home proved futile despite the distance between their home and the funerary grounds. In time, cemetery staff and sympathetic neighbors made sure the faithful pooch is well-cared for by providing him with food, water, and other necessities. Capitán passed away in 2018.

Waghya: Joining His King in Death

Waghya was the canine companion of King Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India. When the king succumbed to fever and dysentery in 1680, the mixed-breed dog was apparently distraught over his master’s passing. But rather than spend the rest of his life without him, he decided to join his master in the afterlife instead. He jumped into Shivaji’s funeral pyre and immolated himself. He would later be celebrated by future Indians as an epitome of eternal devotion and loyalty, with a statue of him erected near Shivaji Maharaj’s tomb at Raigad Fort and even a play entitled Rajsanyas written in his memory.

Bobbie: Finding His Way Home

During a family road trip in 1923, the Braziers’ two-year-old mixed-breed dog Bobbie ran away after getting jumped on by three other dogs. His family weren’t able to find him despite an intensive search and continued on their journey before returning home to Oregon, never expecting to see their pet again. However, Bobbie found his way home around six months later! Mangy, skinny, and dirty, the pooch miraculously survived being away from a home oriented to keep dogs warm in winter. He braved the harsh winter elements, crossing at least 2,551 miles of plains, deserts, and mountains just to see his the Braziers again. He spent the rest of his life with his beloved family and was buried with honors in 1927.

Tommy: The Dog Before the Altar

Affectionately nicknamed Ciccio by his community, Tommy was the pet of Maria Margherita Lochi and was his mistress’ constant companion when attending masses at the Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy. When Lochi died, the canine stood vigil during her funeral wake and later followed after her coffin during the burial. But his loyalty didn’t end there! Tommy went to the church daily after that and waited at the altar, hoping to see his Lochi again. The priest, not having the heart to throw him out, decided to have him stay during services. Tommy died in 2014.

Kelsey: Keeping His Master Warm

On New Year’s Eve in 2016, Bob decided to go for a jog after watching football, intending to get a log for his fireplace afterward. Things took a turn for the worse, though, and Bob found himself slipping and falling as soon as he got out. He broke his neck and, unable to move, laid in the snow for 20 hours as temperatures dropped to the mid-20’s. Luckily for him, his golden retriever Kelsey found him; the canine promptly went to his side and licked his face to keep him warm. Neighbors found him the next day and called 911. Despite having to undergo a major surgery, Bob survived the ordeal and was forever thankful to the doctor and Kelsey for saving his life.

Zander: The Unexpected Hospital Visitor

When Samoyed-husky mix Zander found out that his master John Dolan is confined at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Islip, New York in 2012, he wasted no time in escaping the house and traveling more than two miles just to be by his side. Navigating complex neighborhoods, crossing busy highways, and even fording a stream, the 7-year-old, 70-pound canine was only stopped by an employee at the entrance of the hospital where Dolan is. The bewildered staff promptly called Dolan to notify him of his unexpected visitor, much to his surprise and delight.

Summing Things Up

These stories prove just how much faithful our canine buddies are to us. Whether it’s natural for them, or it just got developed after millennia of interaction with humans, a dog’s loyalty is indeed something everyone should cherish and be thankful for.

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Deinah StormAuthor’s Bio:

Deinah Storm is a pet lover from the US that’s had cats and dogs all her life. When she’s not walking the dogs with her family, she spends time writing informational and interesting blogs about pets to share with pet lover communities.

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The Secret Languages of Dogs

Communicating with your pet

Have you ever wanted your dog to talk to you? Well, he does it; just not in words. Studies show that the dog has its own way of communicating with its owners, like with other dogs.

Dog body language

Each dog owner will tell you that their four-legged relatives talk a lot with their bodies. Here are some typical signs that dogs use:

1. Face: Dogs will flip or smooth their forehead to show determination or confusion.

2- Eyes: The eyes of a dog illuminate when looking at a creature that he considers as a friend. When afraid, his disciples grow and he shows white spots.

3. Lips, teeth and tongue: if your dog is happy or wants to play, he may pull back his lips and show his teeth with a smile. This gesture is reserved for communication between people and dogs only. Dogs will not do this with other dogs.

4. Ears: When the dog’s ears appear to be raised, it means the dog is either listening or relaxing. If the ears are back, the dog might be signalling submission.

5-Tail: A recent study published in Current Biology shows how a dog moves a tail showing how it feels. If the tail moves to the right, it is a sign of positive feelings; the movement of the left shows negative feelings.

How dogs interact with each other

Dogs are social animals, and according to the expert, they communicate in a universal language with other dogs.

1. Dogs play on the beach.

2. Arc game: this means that they will play. However, this can also be a sign of apology; It’s a dog way to say, “Oops, I did not want to play so hard, keep playing!”

3. Paw Slap: looks like a person approaching you and slapping you on your back. This gesture puts the dog at an uncomfortable angle, which is also a sign that the dog believes in the dog he is playing with.

4. Raise the hind legs: when the dogs stand on the hind legs, this is a sign of love. It often looks like a dance when dogs do it together when they play.

5. Biting: Once again, it’s a sign of play. Dogs try to avoid sensitive areas on other animals.

Barking dogs

Like their owners, dogs like to talk. However, unlike physical signals, barking can represent different things for different dogs. The tone or volume of the bark will increase with the level of dog emotion.

And it can be that artificial intelligence is better to distinguish a dog from the back than a human. The Hungarian study recently tested 6,000 different breeds of 14 Hungarian shepherds using special software. Their research showed that the computer program accurately identified the dog trying to convey in 43% of cases, compared to 40% of people.

Understanding each other

We send our dogs to the school of obedience to teach them to understand what we want from them. But they also have to tell us what they need, every day. We just need to open our eyes, ears and hearts to understand what they are trying to say.

We all know that playing with dogs is fun, but we often do not talk about how important it is to their overall well-being. Play provides cognitive, physical and social benefits for dogs and is a great way to relieve stress. Here are some reasons why play is important for dogs.

1- Play provides physical exercise.

We’ve all heard that a good dog is a tired dog, and there’s certainly some truth in that. Dogs need physical exercise on a daily basis, and if they do not meet these needs, they may have problems developing destructive habits (such as excessive chewing) to pass the time. If you have problems with your dog who practice enough exercise on a daily basis, you can supplement training with home playing time.

Playing is a relatively simple way to include more exercises for your dog every day. Flip, shooting and Frisbee games physically exhaust dogs, and by adding a few quick games every day, you will create a routine that will train your dog a lot.

2- Play strengthens the connection with your dog.

One of the best ways to strengthen the bonds you have with your dog is to spend time together, and a great game is a good example. Many mammals do not play well in adulthood, but humans and dogs continue the trend. And this feature of the joy we share with our dogs is part of what makes our relationship with them so special; it’s hard not to create a deep connection when you can play and have fun together.

Researchers believe that joy in dogs was a feature chosen during homemaking and that this is one of the most important factors when it comes to forming emotional relationships with our dogs. Therefore, if you are looking for a relatively simple (and fun) way of strengthening the bonds you have with your dog, add more time to the game.

3- Play provides mental stimulation.

Another reason why the game is important for dogs is that it provides ease of mental stress. Mentally stimulating actions (often called mental games) are an interesting way of enriching the lives of our dogs by giving them something significant. With physical exercise, I would like to add a few quick mental stimulation games to the daily life of my dog. And since these actions relieve boredom, the likelihood that our dogs will experience behavioral problems such as barking or excessive chewing reduces.

Some of my favorite intellectual dog games include running games with knives, riddles, carpets and stuffed congas. It’s easy to play and, best of all, an easy way for your dog to be focused, active and fun throughout the day.

4- Play is a fun and interesting way of training (and improving manners of your dog

Playing with dogs is fun, but it’s also a great way to train basic training and improve manners. Playtime is one way that puppies learn basic manners from the start; if they play too sharply, they can get a trick from their attacker or from their mother or they can stop playing.

So how can we continue the tendency to use the game so that we can train our dogs? Participating in interactive games with our dogs. For example, play the game of the tractor; this is a fun game by itself, but it also helps to teach your dog to control his impulses, also known as good when it comes to using your mouth. Our dogs always observe us, so when we participate in the game, they will learn social signals from us.

A Complete Guide to Making a Backyard Your Dog Will Actually Adore

The American Pet Products Association recently published the results of a survey that measured the number of pet owners in the USA. As it turns out, 60.2 million households in the country own a dog. The total number of dogs owned in the U.S. is 89.7 million.

Dog ownership is on the rise.

But let’s ask an important question: do all these dogs get the homes they deserve? Did your dog get the home it deserves?

When you think about it, it can always be a bit better.

When you’re trying to provide the best living conditions for your dog, you usually think about the inside. You want to keep your pet cozy and warm, especially in winter season. You invest in a good bed, great toys, and tons of food for your beloved one (or ones, for that matter). But is that all?

What about the backyard?

Do Dogs Need Proper Backyards?

Let’s clarify one thing: we’re not here to judge. If you live in an apartment and that’s all you’ve got, it’s okay. Just make sure your dog gets enough fresh air and exercise outside.

But if you do have a backyard, you should definitely make it safe for your dogs to play around as much as they want to.

Let’s analyze an imaginary situation, which is actually pretty real for most dogs:

A dog lives in a house. He’s perfectly happy with his family. He loves them and they love him to bits. But they don’t have enough time to walk the dog every day. He gets out for potty, and that’s about it. When they leave to work, they put him in a crate. Do you think he’s happy when he’s alone in that crate?

Now, let’s think of a different situation:

The dog has open access to a safe and spacious backyard. He is not being chained and he’s not forbidden from coming in the house when he wants to. He gets all the time he wants for exercise and exploration. He has nice toys in the backyard. When Mom and Dad leave for work, the dog is allowed to say in the (secure!) backyard.

If you were a dog, which one of these situations would you prefer?

It’s a rhetorical question.

Marry Jovanotti, who works as a writer for Brill Assignment, shares her experience: “I work from home, but that still doesn’t mean I can spend as much time outside as I’d like to. So my dog was inside all day long. We’re talking about a very active staffy, so she was often destroying things, trying to get my attention. Since I made the backyard safe and allowed her to spend more time outside, the destructive behavior went away. When I look at her now, I know I have a much happier dog.”

So if you have enough space, why not make it safe for your dog to use it?

8 Tips: How to Make the Perfect Backyard for Your Dog

1. Have a Safety Protocol

Before you allow your dog to use the backyard, you need a good plan. Do your research, so you’ll know how to keep them safe. Take a look outside and think: what could get them in danger? If you feel like this process would take a lot of time, you can hire a researcher from a service like Scholar Advisor. They will analyze your situation and offer expert tips that would help you carry this project to a completion.

2. The Fence Is Important

If you don’t install a safe fence around the yard, the risk of your dog wandering away will be huge.

Consider your dog’s behavior and install a proper fence. If he’s a jumper, you’ll need high fencing. If he’s a digger, placing chicken wire under the fence will prevent that behavior.

Regularly check the fence and repair the damages, so you’ll prevent any unwanted scenarios.

3. Think about the Gate

A dog can turn into a little Houdini if you give them enough time and space to get creative. They can and will open the gate if it’s possible. That’s why you need to make that option impossible for them.

Install secure lock that your dog can’t get. Remind all members of your family to always close the gate when they go out or get back. If they can’t remember that, investing in a self-closing system is a good idea.

4. Don’t Forget the Doggy Door

It’s important for your dog to be able to get inside or outside on their own free will. A doggy door is a must!

No; you won’t need to buy another door. It’s easy to install a pet door; just visit a pet-friendly shopping center and you’ll probably find the materials you need.

5. Remove All “Destroyable” Items

The safety protocol is not focused solely on your dog. It’s about the surrounding items as well. If you have flowers in the backyard, they will probably be gone after the first playing session without supervision.

So first, you need to supervise your dog and correct any unwanted behavior. But still, it’s important to remove any expensive tools, shoes, or other items that your dog could see as chewing challenges. Provide enough toys instead!

6. Remove Harmful Plants

Azaleas, lilies, daffodils, elephant ears, and other plants can be really harmful to your dog. Some mushrooms are also poisonous. Again; it’s time to do some research.

Find information on every single plant you have in the backyard, so you’ll remove the dangerous ones before your dog gets hurt.

Cocoa is also toxic for dogs! If you’re using cocoa bean mulch in the backyard, it’s important to get rid of it before you allow your dog to spend time there.

7. Keep It Clean and Mowed

Do you know who likes bushy backyards? Snakes. Think about it!

8. Spend Time with Your Dog!

Even the loveliest backyard is empty without you in it. Your dog loves you. Your dog wants to spend time with you. Leaving them alone outside might solve their need for some freedom and physical activity, but they still need you.

Make the backyard a fun space for the entire family. Spend time there. Play with your dog! Cuddling on the couch is nice, but playing is way more useful and fun for both of you.

A great backyard is beneficial not only for your dog, but for the entire family as well. Start planning and turn your backyard into a dog’s playground!

Scott MatthewsScott Mathews is a freelance writer, currently working for Best Dissertation. He discovered his love for freelancing when he first started working for A-Writer.com and College-Paper. Now, he enjoys his days as a digital nomad, traveling one country at a time with no one but his dog to keep him company. It’s the life he always dreamed of! He regularly takes part in different career growth conferences and contributes his posts to different websites.