I have a great dog, not sure he’s as smart or as dedicated as this pooch, but thought it would be nice to start out the weekend on a positive note!

14 Thoughts to “A feel good…no feel great….dog lovers story!”

  1. GainesvilleResident

    Very good video, thanks for posting it. Dogs are great all around.

  2. Opinion

    Great Video. Dogs rule!

  3. IVAN

    Give that dog a big treat!

  4. Moon-howler

    I saw one of the vet helpers on CNN this afternoon. I wonder if the son was taken to see his mother? Dogs have very strong emotions. Thanks for posting this, Elena.

  5. I just love this post! Don’t you think it says something about motherly bonding? Okay, maybe not because it doesn’t happen all the time.

    I don’t know what my dogs would do….probably just follow each other into the road! My younger dog will follow my senior citizen dog whenever she can.

  6. GainesvilleResident

    Dogs definitely have strong emotions. I too hope they took the son to see his mother so he knew his mother was OK. Dogs definitely feel loss or miss people when the go away for a period of time. Dogs are very loyal too, and in this case family ties were in the mix.

  7. Elena

    when i think about the strong emotions of dogs and other higher level animlas, and the horrendous treatment they can sometimes recieve at the hands of humans, it just breaks my heart.

  8. Moon-howler

    Do you all think the dog was loyal because it was his mother or because the dogs were friends? I don’t know how much dogs recognize relatives at a later age.

    Elena, don’t think about it. It will drive you crazy. I change the channel when that humane society commercial comes on. (Arms of an Angel background music) I can’t watch Dances With Wolves all the way through without sniveling and snotting the last third of the movie.

  9. GainesvilleResident

    MH, I think you are right – doubt dog knows its relatives, but not sure. Probably more just friendship and loyalty involved, but the surprise of it being the dog’s mother made for even nicer story.

    I agree about animal cruelty, very hard to think about. As you say, best not to think about it. There’s plenty of abused dogs and other animals out there. My first dog that I owned by myself (not counting parents’ dogs) was slightly abused by my ex-girlfriend’s roommate – too long of story to tell here. Dog was very nice, they took her to dog pound, when I found out I hit the roof and adopted the dog myself when it had just turned 3 years old. Dog lived very happy life with me until age 16 – was excellent dog with children, people, and other dogs. So I know of that one case. There are hundreds of thousands of other cases out there, I’m sure.

  10. Moon-howler

    That dog was a lucky dog, GR! Great that you rescued it.

    Nowadays, animal rescue groups have gotten so ….ok folks, sit down, here it comes, out of my mouth…so NAZI with their home inspections and dotting i’s and crossing t’s that many people are discouraged from adolpting older dogs. Additionally, it can sometimes cost more to adopt than outright buy a dog.

    I adopted a dog this fall. What started out covering the initial vet bill turned into a grand right before my very eyes and I didn’t go through a rescue adoption.

  11. GainesvilleResident

    Too bad about how hard it is to adopt dogs in some cases. I know the ones I see at Petsmart usually do home inspections, and I don’t know what all else is required. My dog that I had adopted was from reputable breeder, and I somewhat attributed her long and very healthy life right up to end as being because of good breeding. So decided to once again seek out reputable breeder for new dog, rather than adopting, and also wanted same breed and similar disposition to previous dog. So far 1 1/2 years later think I made good decision in that regard. But there are lots of very good dogs available for adoption, if you can take the time to look and get through all their requirements. I can see the problem with unexpected vet bills though. Given i only paid $250 for this dog (a Cocker Spaniel) from reputable breeder, probably not a whole lot more in the end than cost for adopting. Although I guess adopted dogs are already neutered/spayed usually, whereas I had to get the new dog spayed once she was old enough (she was 3 months old when we bought her). By the way, not to start up this subject again, but I don’t mind NAZI when used in those cases, such as the “Soup Nazi” on Seinfeld, as an example.

  12. Moon-howler

    Update: I heard mother dog is doing quite well on the news this morning.

    Gainesville, you got a very good deal on that dog of yours!

    I am thinking about a new schnauzer. Does anyone know a good breeder?
    Please email. moon.howler07@yahoo.com

  13. Elena

    We had to have a “home” visit before we adopted our dog from a rescue organization. I did not mind at all actually. I was glad to know that they were willing to invest that much of their own time to ensure a great home.

  14. Moon-howler

    I don’t know, I sort of do mind. It felt invasive. With most adoptions there is a substantial charge also. By the time all is said and done, I would rather just get a dog from a breeder. I believe rescue groups have gotten so ‘exclusive’ that they have almost destroyed the good will one feels from rescuing an animal.

    Additionally, many of the ones I talked to last fall were real stuffed shirts. They just weren’t normal people.

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