|August 30, 2011
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
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Friend To The End
SEAL Jon Tumilson lay in a coffin, draped in an American
flag, in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in
Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow
soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him
Stump, TODAY.com contributor
Tumilsons labrador retriever, Hawkeye, walked up and
lay down by the coffin, there couldn't have been a dry eye
at the funeral.
I was talking about this story
yesterday with a friend of mine, who also has a laborador.
My friend said that when his mother died, he asked the
funeral director if it would ok to bring his dog in to see
the body, the dog really liked mom, he said. The funeral
director said that would be fine, and he was often asked
about bringing in a pet. So, after everyone else was gone,
my friend went out to the car and brought his dog into the
funeral home. The dog went up to the coffin, stood up on his
hind legs to see the body, and licked the mother's hand.
human is more loyal to you than your dog. Harry Truman said
"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."
The old joke listing reasons why a dog is better than a
wife, included "the later you come home, the happier
your dog is to see you".
Someone told me, the
reason a dog is so happy when you come home is that, when
you leave, they assume they'll never see you again. So, when
you return, it is like having you come back from the dead.
This summer, my wife and I took a couple of our kids and a
couple of grandkids on a motorhome trip to Newfoundland, we
were gone about 3 weeks. My son Jim stayed at our house to
take care of our dogs and to watch the property. So, when we
returned and walked into the kitchen, there they were
waiting for us. Talk about being excited, you never saw a
happier bunch than those dogs. Pomeranians are "smilers"
and I thought little Junior, our 3 year old male, was going
to smile and wag himself to death. When I headed for bed
that night, Junior jumped right in and snuggled up next to
who thinks animals don't have feelings has never owned a
dog. These faithful critters display a wide range of
emotions, they get happy, sad, lonely, excited, and
sometimes fearful. Our cocker spaniel, Nuggie, is terribly
afraid of thunderstorms, we had a good one in the middle of
the night last week, and I was forced awake when Nuggie
walked on my head, and then started to lick my face, looking
Without asking, dogs take on the
role of guarding your property, and sometimes this can cause
some real problems. Whenever someone walks or bicycles by
our driveway, the dogs will start up, rushing to the window,
or the end of their rope in the yard, and start barking. A
couple of years ago, I had a sheriff's deputy at my door
after Nuggie went out to the road to challenge a woman
pushing a baby carriage. A woman pushing a baby carriage,
imagine that. She wasn't hurt, nor was the baby, but it must
have been a little scarey having a cocker spaniel barking
away at you as you went by. So, she called the cops and I
got a stern reminder to keep my dog under control.
are also a pretty good judge of character, when they see
that a stranger is no longer a threat to the owner, they
usually become instantly friendly. But, not always. There is
a man that comes to visit on occasion, and the dogs just go
nuts, if given a chance, they might take a bite out of the
guy. There is just something about this fellow, who tries to
be friendly to them, that bothers the dogs. What is it they
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