A dog named Fritz and his owner, a woman named Bret Mortimer, have a daily routine. Nearly every day, the pair hop in Bret’s car and head to the local dog park. Last Saturday, the pair got into the car and Fritz assumed they were headed to his favorite place so he could play with his doggy friends. Unfortunately, he thought wrong that day. Bret loves sweet Fritz very much, which is why she actually took him to the vet that day. They went to a veterinary dentist that day for a checkup because it is important for Fritz to have a healthy mouth full of teeth.
Bret says she scheduled the appointment to get Fritz’s teeth cleaned because he is her best friend and she wants him to be healthy. However, poor Fritz did not see it that way. She dropped Fritz off for his cleaning and then came back to pick him up. He was not shy about letting her know exactly how he felt about the experience. They opened the door and brought him out and he was not happy to see her. He actually spent the entire car ride home giving his mom the cold shoulder. He refused to make eye contact with her because he was so mad about the vet visit. She caught the entire thing on video, talking to Fritz and apologizing, but he was not having any of it.
Bret says the cold shoulder felt like he was telling her that he felt betrayed by the vet visit versus their usual trip to the dog park. But thankfully he got over the experience pretty quickly. Once they got back home he was back to his old self again. However, it soon became clear he did not forget about the experience. The next day, Bret and Fritz got back in the car again—this time to actually go to the dog park. He is normally very excited about this, but that day he seemed just a little suspicious. But once he realized they were going to have fun, he was happy again.
When a man named Dmitriy Timchenko went shopping at a store with his friend, he had no idea he was going to witness a true show of friendship while he was there. He and his friend visited the store near their home located in Novorossiysk, Russia. Outside the store was a pit bull terrier that had been tied to a nearby fence. The dog was tied up by its owner, who was making a trip inside the store for groceries. But that information was lost on a stray dog on the street. The stray dog was very concerned for his new friend who was tied up and seemed to be concerned that his friend needed his help.
Dmitriy says that he has seen that particular stray dog on many occasions walking around town by himself. He said he has often observed the stray dog looking both ways before crossing the street and always utilizing the cross walk when he crosses the street. He is one smart dog. So, as Dmitriy watched closely he watched the stray dog approach the dog that was patiently waiting for its owner. As he got closer, he started to loosen the knot on the leash. He was determined and before long he was able to free the dog. The newly freed dog then joined his new friend and the pair ran off on an adventure together.
Dmitriy and his friend knew the freed dog was actually someone’s pet, so they went into the store to find the owner. An employee called the owner over the store’s loudspeaker and they were able to find her so she could get her dog back. It was all a big misunderstanding, but clearly the stray dog’s heart was in the right place. While no one really knows where the stray dog came from, Dmitriy says the dog seems to be healthy and still living his life on the streets.
For a man named Gregory Randolph, things were looking very dire. The man was near death. He had been hiking for four days and the 73 year old man was approximately 14 miles away from his vehicle. He was dehydrated and sunburnt and was losing hope. Just as things were looking terrible, a man on a bicycle, named Tomas Quinones found him. Gregory and his two dogs had set off on the adventure together and things were not going well. They had been exploring a remote area of the Oregon desert together and were stranded out there all alone for days.
Tomas was out on an adventure of his own: he had been biking through the “Oregon Outback” in the south central portion of the state. He was biking when he thought he saw a cow and a few dogs in the distance. When he got closer, he realized it was a man and his dogs. It was clear from the moment Tomas saw the man that he was in serious danger. He was conscious but was not responding, and his dogs also appeared to be in dire condition. So, he pressed the SOS button on his GPS and stayed with the man until help arrived. While he was waiting, one of the man’s dogs, a Shih Tzu emerged from the brush where it had been hiding. He fed the dog peanut butter and when emergency personnel arrived they brought the dog to an animal hospital for help.
But Tomas noticed a set of footprints, which he pointed out to the authorities. A few days later, they found Gregory’s Jeep stuck off the road and his second dog Buddy was waiting by the vehicle. They believe the dog survived by drinking water from the mud puddles around the car. Gregory and his dogs both received much needed medical care and are doing well now—and have finally been reunited after their ordeal.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, neighbors thought a home in their neighborhood was abandoned and vacant. But they kept hearing barking coming from inside for weeks on end. Two people living nearby heard the barks and cries for help and decided to go inside to see what was happening in the old house. They were able to get in touch with the owner of the property who let them go inside the dilapidated home if they promised to fill the water dish of the dog he was keeping in the basement. Once they got inside, they couldn’t believe how terrible the conditions were in the home. They saw who was making the noise, too: a two year old bulldog named Gracie. The poor pup was so excited to see people and had clearly been starved for affection and attention. She ran to them, tail wagging and gave them kisses.
They knew they needed to help Gracie, so they shared her story and photos on Facebook in the hope someone would help her. They said, “Her feet are caked in feces and her voice is hoarse from barking,” the rescuers wrote in a Facebook post. “She is absolutely desperate for attention and food (he feeds her by dumping a bag of food every few days) … but she is so sweet. Please … can any dog rescues take her?”
The local rescue group Queen City Bulldog Rescue (QCBR) saw the post and stepped in to help. The group went to the house to free the dog, and found out her backstory. Gracie had been used for breeding and her owner no longer wanted her because she couldn’t have puppies anymore. The owner agreed to let her go for $200. As soon as they brought her outside, she began rolling in the grass because she was so happy to be out of the old rotting house and finally in safety with her rescuers. She is now in a foster home and her foster family plans to adopt her!
For most students, it takes at least four years to earn a diploma from a higher education institution. But for one dog, he decided to take matters into his own paws and try to bypass the system. It all started on graduation day for students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. One of those students is a woman named Christina Ruiz and she was excited for her big day. After the ceremony had concluded, she knelt down to get a photo with the University’ mascot, a bulldog named Tarzan. Once she knelt down however, Ruiz saw an opportunity to get a diploma for himself. Once she got close, he went for it and grabbed her diploma in his mouth.
The entire hilarious moment was caught on video, but no one was upset about the situation, thankfully. It seems Tarzan the bulldog is a big deal on the college campus as their school mascot. He is a beloved member of their school and all the students love him—so much so there is a large statue in his honor on the university’s campus. Christina says getting her diploma stolen by the beloved mascot made her graduation day that much more memorable and special. She says her diploma was “signed” by Ruiz that day and the unique diploma was the cherry on top of an already wonderful day for her.
Christina even paid a visit to the large statue of Ruiz on graduation day to recreate her special moment by placing her diploma in the statue’s mouth. There were many students who got a photo taken with Ruiz on their graduation day, but certainly none are as memorable as Christina’s interaction with the sweet pup. Who knows what caused him to give his special signature to her diploma, but it certainly made for a memorable day for all involved!
A man named Andres Fabricio Argandona Tapia is a train conductor in Chile. He was driving his train on what seemed like any other day recently, through the area of Llay Llay, in the Valparaiso Region of Chile. But then he spotted a dark object on the train tracks ahead of his train and when the object did not move he slammed on his breaks and stopped the train after expertly spotting the object. When he was able to stop the train he realized what the object was: a small brown and black dog. He got out of the train to get a closer look at the animal. As soon as the frightened little dog saw the man approaching he began to wag his tail and get very excited. Once he got closer, he realized that the dog was in a very precarious situation.
If Andres had not stopped the train, the little dog would have been unable to escape. That is because someone had tied the little dog directly to the train tracks, obviously in the hopes that it would be hit by a train and killed. He took photos and shared them on Facebook, explaining the story as well. Andres said he approached the dog and cut him free so he could leave the area. The puppy was let go and was happy, said Andres in his Facebook post. After the post went viral, Edgardo Gonzalez, who is the mayor of Llay Llay said he is launching a criminal investigation to figure out who abandoned the sweet dog on the train tracks and tied him there to die.
He said he is shocked someone would do something so terrible to a defenseless animal and is so thankful that Andres saved the dog with his quick thinking that day. There is currently a search underway to locate the dog so it can receive medical treatment and a loving home.
After several neighbors called the local police about the number of dogs living in a home in Hull, England, the RSPCA went in to check. It was believed there were several dogs living in poor conditions and the RSPCA inspector, a woman named Jilly Dickinson, was shocked by what she found. When she entered the home, it was not suitable for dogs. The dogs living inside were very skittish and nervous. The dogs living inside were in a living room that was dirty and smelly—they were all using the bathroom inside. The other half of the dogs were living in an outdoor outbuilding that was in equally terrible condition. There were a total of nine dogs owned by the woman, who seemed very overwhelmed.
The dogs had never really been outside and had not been socialized. So, Jilly offered the woman some advice to help her turn the situation around. They tried working with her to improve the living conditions for the dogs and even gave her free vouchers to get them spayed and neutered. They even offered to visit the home to help coach her through socializing the dogs. Jilly returned a month later to check on the dogs and nothing had changed—in fact, things had gotten worse. Since the dogs were not safe in the home, the RSPCA took all nine of them in to their facility.
The dogs were so unsocialized that they had never been outside or even walked on a leash before. So, many of them had to be carried out to the car so they could be transported. Once they arrived at the RSPCA facility, it was like they knew they were finally safe. The dogs were so happy to be free: they all had tails wagging, gave their rescuers kisses and just kept smiling. The dogs are all safe now and will be ready for loving home soon.
It seemed like a typical Friday morning for police officers in Florida, but a traffic stop became a tragedy when the gunfire started. It was around 2:00 am in Florida when officers stopped a car. The suspect fled the scene and that’s when K9 Officer Greg Shone and Titan his partner were called in. Titan is a four year old Belgian Malinois and is highly trained to help locate suspects. Titan was searching the area and located the suspect but was shot in the process. Officer Shone rushed Titan to the animal hospital for help, where he was rushed into surgery. Officer Shone and Titan do everything together, and this experience was no exception: he was by the dog’s side the entire time.
K9 Officers and their partners spend ever moment together. They go through training together, they are certified together, they work together each day and even live together. They form a very strong bond through their careers together. Titan and Officer Shone have worked in the K9 unit together for the last three years; they work and live together. Though they’ve had their fair share of challenges, they have never faced a situation like this before. Other K9 officers in the unit have been injured, but Titan is the first to take a bullet.
Titan is now recovering from surgery and though he has a long road of healing ahead of him, Officer Shone is by his side every step of the way to watch over him. The entire police force is wishing Titan a speedy recovery and the dog is in stable condition as he heals. While he has been through such a terrible ordeal, K9 Officer Titan has Officer Shone to comfort him and show him the value of having a life long friend by your side.
Sara Harper, who was working as a vet technician at a low-cost vaccination in Florida saw a dog named Dobby she couldn’t believe her eyes. The little dog had red, raw skin and didn’t even look like a dog at all. The clinic, run by the Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, was staffed with people who knew they needed to help the dog. The woman who brought him in said he was five and he had never been to a vet before. Dobby’s body was raw and bloody and he was malnourished. The woman admitted she had treated him for fleas with a powder meant for carpet that should be vacuumed up. She said she didn’t have the money to spend on his care, and agreed to surrender him when employees asked. Sara took him to her veterinary clinic, even though it was closed. She knew Dobby needed help as soon as possible. She gave him a medicated bath and trimmed his nails that were so long they grew into his feet.
She knew he was in pain, but he never complained once. It was like he knew he had finally been saved from a life of pain. He was then taken in by Pawsibilities Rescue Group who helped him continue to heal. He was given medicated baths and soon his beautiful white fur began growing back. That’s where Liz Ford, who had just lost her two dogs, met Dobby. She was at the rescue facility to adopt a dog named Wylie and she fell in love with Dobby too. Dobby curled up on her lap when she met him and Liz just knew they were meant to be together. She adopted Wylie and then four months later came back for Dobby.
The two dogs just love each other so much. While Dobby still had some healing to do until all his fur came back, Liz continued his treatment. These days, Dobby is the white fluffy dog he was always meant to be and he loves to play with his brother Wylie and play fetch in the backyard with a ball. Thanks to the kindness of all those people along the way, he’s now a happy, healthy dog!
A dog named Brindle is very attached to his dad, a man named JD Aument. For the last nine months, JD has been serving overseas as a firefighter in the Army Reserves. During that time, poor Brindle has been inconsolable. JD’s wife, Rachel Marie Aument, says Brindle loves her but JD is his “person” and being without him has been hard on the sweet dog. JD adopted Brindle from the shelter a few years ago when he saw his sad eyes in the shelter. Once he adopted Brindle, he and JD had a strong bond and were inseparable. That is, until JD was deployed last year.
Rachel says that JD being away has been hard for their other dog Xander, too. But Xander is much more bonded with his mom so he’s found a way to cope. But for Brindle, his heart has been broken. There are days he just sits by the window and cries for his dad. While he can’t be there for his best friend, JD figured out a way to bring him some comfort. He took one of his unwashed shirts, packaged it up and mailed it home for Brindle. The moment she placed the shirt on the floor, Brindle knew it was his dad’s shirt. He began rubbing his body all over the shirt, then picked it up and took it to his bed and slept the rest of the day with the shirt.
Amanda did not want Brindle to have to carry the shirt around with him everywhere, so she had a solution: she put it on him. She says the shirt has provided the dog with so much comfort after his dad left and though it’s not a replacement for the real thing, it’s helped Brindle to cope. Best of all, he won’t have to wait much longer: JD is going to be home in about a month! Until that day comes, both Brindle and Amanda have the shirt to comfort them.