A dog in Italy who attended his owner’s funeral has been showing up at the church where it was held everyday for two months.
Maria Margherita Lochi died late last year, and her funeral was held at the same church she regularly attended with her dog – Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy.
After her death, Tommy, her 7-year-old German shepherd, followed her coffin as it was carried into church and sat quietly through the funeral.
And ever since, Tommy, a stray who was taken in by Lochi, has been showing up when the bell rings out to mark the beginning of services, according to the Daily Mail.
“He’s there every time I celebrate mass and is very well behaved,” Father Donato Panna told the newspaper. “He doesn’t make a sound.”
None of the other parishioners has complained, Panna said, and villagers give the dog food and water.
“I’ve not heard one bark from him in all the time he has been coming in,” Panna added. “He waits patiently by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn’t have the heart to throw him out — I’ve just recently lost my own dog — so I leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.”
(Photo: Tommy at Santa Maria Assunta church (Nikonarte Fotografia / Daily Mail)
Posted by jwoestendiek January 18th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopted, animals, church, daily, death, dog, dogs, funeral, german shepherd, italy, loyal, loyalty, Maria Margherita Lochi, master, owner, pets, San Donaci, Santa Maria Assunta, stray, tommy, visits
Subaru has done it again.
This heartwarming commercial follows a young man over the years, making the point that, whatever else might change, his two most loyal companions do not — his chocolate Lab and his Subaru.
There’s something about seeing the Lab go from a pup to a grey-muzzled senior that reminds us of the true meaning of loyalty, and might even make some of us tear up.
Of course, a car’s not really capable of loyalty. But we humans are.
So Subaru — doing it well and doing it often — continues in its advertising to seize upon what’s probably the best symbol for loyalty there is: the dog.
And more often than not, it works.
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Posted by jwoestendiek November 21st, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: advertising, animals, cars, commercials, dogs, dogs in advertising, loyal, loyalty, marketing, pets, subaru, symbols, video, woof in advertising
He got all the way to Cedar Rapids, Iowa before he realized something was missing — his 9-month-old Yorkshire terrier, named Rambo.
“Didn’t even cross my mind that he might jump out, he never has before,” Michael Siau told the Hannibal Courier-Post. “I jumped back in the truck, put it in gear and drove off. And I just thought he was in the back asleep.”
Fearing missing his deadline could cost him his job, Siau kept driving, stopping only to call the police department he thought was closest to the rest stop, in La Grange, to report his lost dog.
He called them back two days later to check again, at which point they told him Hannibal was the town the rest area was in, and suggested he try the animal control department there.
He did that, and hoped for the best. Three hours later they called back and said they’d found his dog. Rambo had been picked up at the rest area — still waiting for his owner.
He was taken to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society
Siau planned a return trip to Hannibal this week to pick Rambo up.
(Photo: Dominic Genetti / Hannibal Courier-Post)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 7th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, cedar rapids, dog, dogs, escaped, found, hannibal, iowa, lost, loyal, loyalty, michael siau, missing, missouri, pets, rambo, rest area, rest stop, truck driver, trucker, wait, waited, waiting, yorkie, yorkshire terrier
The loyal black Lab, who was videotaped as she guarded the body of a yellow Lab killed by a car in Southern California, will be reunited with her family.
Maggie’s family stepped forward Monday, according to CBS in Los Angeles.
Dubbed Grace by Los Angeles County animal control, the dog had been in a Baldwin Park shelter since last week when she was spotted on Hacienda Boulevard in La Puenta standing guard over a dog killed by a hit and run driver.
Animal Care and Control Capt. Aaron Reyes says Maggie’s family was at the shelter looking for her at the same time animal control officers were getting the dogs out of the street.
Reyes said Maggie has since been spayed and microchipped, and that dozens have offered to adopt her. Instead, she’ll be going home today after shelter workers inspect her home.
A good Samaritan saw the incident in La Puente last Wednesday, put traffic cones around the dog so she wouldn’t be struck and called animal control. He also took the photos and video of Maggie keeping vigil by the deceased dog’s side.
Up until the family came forward, it appeared he was going to adopt the dog, which had no identification tag and no microchip.
On Monday, though, the original family came forward. Now that they have, they’ll get their dog back, but will also be issued citations for having an unregistered dog, and for allowing the animal to run loose, animal control officials said.
No new information has surfaced on the dog who died.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 17th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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The Los Angeles County animal shelter is calling this dog Grace — a name that seems to fit perfectly.
Last Wednesday, the black Lab stayed by the side of the dog she was with, a golden retriever who had been struck by a car and killed on Hacienda Boulevard in La Puente.
A passing motorist took a short cell phone video (below) of the pair, and it was sent on to the county shelter in Baldwin Park.
One motorist put out traffic cones to divert traffic around the surviving dog until animal control picked her up.
Grace had no tag and no microchip implant, and as of Saturday, no one had come forward to claim her, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Though timid when she first arrived at the shelter, “The staff just showered her with admiration and love,” department spokesman Aaron Reyes said. “She seems to be a well-adjusted little girl.”
The owner of the deceased dog isn’t known, nor is how the two dogs came together.
Reyes said if Grace remains unclaimed, she may available for adoption as early as Monday.
Animal Care and Control Director Marcia Mayeda said she was moved by the loyalty displayed in video footage (below): “When I saw the video clip … it made me emotional,” she said.
Grace, estimated to be 2 years old, is being housed at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, 4275 Elton Street. Her impound number is A4416170, and she is available to visit with potential adopters through the weekend. For more information, contact the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center at 626-962-3577.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 15th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: accident, adopt, adoption, animal control, animals, baldwin park, boulevard, car, companions, county, dog, dogs, golden retriever, grace, hacienda, la puente, labrador, los angeles, loyal, loyalty, pets, retriever, shelter, struck, video
We don’t know the story behind these two dogs — other than they are obvious victims of the tsunami in Japan.
We don’t know the outcome — whether they’ve been rescued or not.
We don’t know what the commentator is saying.
But we do know this: It’s going to make you cry.
The video was brought to our attention by Karen, an American living in Yokohama, Japan.
“I’ve been a fan of your blog for some time, and today I want to bring your attention to a news footage uploaded on YouTube about two dogs surviving in the ruins of a city destroyed by the tsunami.
“It was filmed by a TV crew of Fuji Television, who mistakenly attributed the dog’s behavior as ‘stay away’ when in fact it was probably seeking help for the second dog, which the reporter assumed was dead.
“The dogs apparently were just left there, and there is no update as to whether they were subsequently rescued (I doubt they were). People have been writing to Fuji Television asking that they disclose the whereabouts of the dogs and assist in their rescue.
“I hope you can write about this the dog that stayed behind to take care of its friend, and ask your readers to pray for the dogs’ safety.”
UPDATE: An unconfirmed report states the two dogs have been rescued. Kenn Sakurai, whose Facebook page describes him as the president of a Japanese pet food company who is helping with the rescue of animals, reports on Facebook that the two dogs have been rescued:
“We have already got these dog … Both dogs brought to Mito, Ibaraki. One is staying at the vet clinic and the brown and white one is at the shelter,” he wrote.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 15th, 2011 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: aid, animals, dogs, earthquake, fuji television, help, japan, kenn sakurai, loyal, pets, tsunami, two dogs, update, video
In his weekly commentary on CBS’ “Face the Nation” yesterday, Bob Schieffer passed along some anonymous wisdom, well worth sharing, about what we can learn from dogs.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 11th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: bob schieffer, cbs, commentary, daily, dogs, drink lots of water, email, face the nation, growl, if dogs were our teachers, learn, loyal, naps, nuzzle, pets, play, romp, run to greet loved ones, stretch, teach, wag, walk, wisdom
Slate has a popular feature called “The Explainer,” which addresses those nagging questions the news leaves unanswered — be they too weighty, too trivial or just too weird.
Every year, the online magazine lets readers pick from submitted questions that never made the column, and choose what they call the “Explainer Question of the Year.”
Then the column answers it.
For 2008, after deeming the three top vote getting questions already sufficiently answered– including why cockroaches flip over on their backsides when they die – Slate named the No. 4 vote-getter as question of the year: What’s the most disloyal dog breed?
Slate’s answer: ”Nobody knows.”
The column’s author, Daniel Engber, writes that while conventional wisdom holds that each of the 161 breeds now recognized by the American Kennel Club has a distinctive temperament, the reality is the there is less difference, behaviorally, between breeds than ever.
The reason? Most dogs have lost their jobs.
Dogs once bred for a specific task — to herd, to guard, to hunt — are now bred primarily to make good companions or win dog shows. The traits a breed might once have clearly exhibited were tied in large part to how we used them. So a working dog, trained to guard property, might at one point might have been deemed most “loyal.” Today, though, the personality of dogs can vary tremendously within a particular breed.
Breeds might still have certain predilections, but any sweeping statements about dogs of a certain breed should be taken with a grain of salt — whether they’re about pit bulls or poodles.
Of course, plenty of people are still making them, and are still a little to quick to do what — were it applied to humans — would amount to “profiling.”
Hats off to Slate for not falling into that trap.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 18th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: behavior, breeds, characteristics, disloyal, disloyalty, dog breeds, dogs, explainer, loyal, loyalty, most disloyal dog breed, personality, profiles, questions, slate, temperament, traits, unanswered