Siberian Dog Guards Pregnant Canine Friend in biting cold

Loyal dogs don’t just show their faithfulness to their human counterparts. In fact, many dogs show great devotion to their canine siblings and friends, much like this Siberian dog. Animal activists in Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk rescued a dog, who stood guard to the body of his pregnant canine friend for two weeks as temperatures dropped to -58 degrees Fahrenheit. After the story was posted online, animal lovers started bringing food to the animal and later decided to take him to a shelter fearing that he may die of cold. Loyal Dogs Know No Bounds The dog was nicknamed “Yakutian Hachiko” after the loyal Japanese dog who waited for his owner at a train station for almost ten years. “After two hours of hard work, we finally got the dog. We could go faster but were afraid to cause emotional distress. He ran away from us, but not for long, he always returned back to his dead friend,” the man who took the dog wrote on a local forum. “We had to touch the dead dog to make him return. We stroked her, wiping the snow away. The dog ran up at once, and started licking the dead body,” he said. The dog currently stays in an animal shelter as his future owner is being searched for. While there are many loyal dogs out there, very few compare to this dog and even Hachiko from Japan. Do you have any stories of your dog’s immense devotion to you or other dogs?

Loyal Dog dies of Broken Heart

Liam and Theo were a team— searching out roadside bombs laid by insurgents in Afghanistan. The jovial British soldier and his irrepressible dog worked and played together for months, and died on the same day. Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in a firefight with insurgents in Helmand Province on March 1 as he searched for explosives with Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel mix. What happened next as described in The Scotsman, would be described later as an “audacious ambush”. A burst of gun fire followed by explosions. “Mortars,” someone shouted. “Man down. Medic.” Tasker had been shot in the head, dying 
instantly. Under fire, soldiers broke cover and made their way to where he lay. Theo, distressed but 
unharmed, was still attached by the lead to his 
master’s belt, making it difficult to examine the body. The dog was cut loose and Tasker was evacuated by helicopter. Theo, back at base, suffered a seizure and later died, for reasons that an autopsy was unable to explain. Loyal Dog Dies of “Broken Heart” Liam Tasker’s mother Jane Duffy does have an explanation, however, which she shares, “I think Theo died of a broken heart,” she says. 
“Nobody will convince me any different.” On Thursday they came home, flown back to Britain in a somber repatriation ceremony for the soldier remembered for his empathy with animals and the companion he loved. Military officials won’t go so far as to say Theo died of a broken heart — but that may not be far from the truth. “I think we often underestimate the grieving process in dogs,” said Elaine Pendlebury, a senior veterinarian with animal charity PDSA. “Some dogs react very severely to their partner’s loss.” She said it was not uncommon for pets to respond to an owner’s death by refusing food and becoming sick — and the bond between working dogs and their handlers is especially close. “The bonding that I have seen between soldiers or police and their dogs is fantastic. When you see them working together, it’s really one unit.” Tasker was the 358th British soldier to die in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Theo was the sixth British military dog killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. There are calls for Theo to receive the Dickin medal, which since 1943 has recognized wartime bravery by animals, from carrier pigeons to a World War II commando collie. The loyalty of some dogs is legendary, from Greyfriars Bobby, a 19th-century Skye terrier who guarded his master’s Edinburgh grave for 14 years, to Hachiko, a Japanese dog who awaited his owner’s return at a train station every day for years after the man’s death. Both are commemorated with statues. Tasker’s uncle, Billy McCord, said the soldier had been due to leave Afghanistan soon and worried about being separated from Theo. “He actually said at one point that when he finished his tour he was not sure what would happen to his dog and that he could be separated from his dog,” he said. “That was preying on his mind, but they are not separated now.” Although this loyal dog died, his bravery and love for his partner and friend will forever live on, much like Hachiko’s true story of devotion.

Hachi Waits: Poem by Daniela Caride, “The Daily Tail”

One Hachi fan penned a powerful poem dedicated to the loyal Akita. The love for this devoted dog knows no bounds. Thank you to Daniela Caride for sharing her poem with us. She first posted it in her “Daily Tail” blog.  I sobbed for two hours straight watching “Hachi, a dog’s tale” (I still have a headache) — a movie inspired by the real story of Hachiko, an Akita dog who achieved international fame for his loyalty. The dog waited for his deceased owner for nine years at the train station. I realized that Hachi became a symbol of loyalty not because he was better than any other dog. Dogs are exceptionally loyal if treated with love and respect. But nobody offered Hachi a loving home during the long years he waited for Professor Ueno. It broke my heart. So I wrote the poem below. I humbly ask you to send this post to every person you know who may be able to find a home to a pet in need. Together we may be able to ease the pain of homeless animals like Hachi, who ask for so little and give back so much. Hachi waits By Daniela Caride Hachi waits at the train station The dog waits for nine minutes It’s after five It’s time And the professor doesn’t arrive Hachi waits for nine hours Nine days The professor is late But the dog doesn’t mind At the train station he stays Hachi waits for nine months Nine years straight He’s convinced the professor is really late But the dog doesn’t mind At the train station he stays Tired of old age, not tired of his long wait Hachi finally closes his eyes And finds his friend In his deepest dreams inside At the end But Hachi still waits Even after he died He waits on the streets of every town At all the neighborhood pounds Under the skin of every dog around For someone to rescue him To give him A name Water Food And a home Where love abounds It’s true that this dog’s love knows no bounds. Hachi brings out deep emotions in us. We can use them to get in touch with our innermost hopes, fears and desires. Did his story provoke any surprising feelings in you?