Dog Holds Owner’s Hand to Cross Street

April Livingston | March 15th, 2019

Everyone learns at a very young age that it is important to be safe when crossing the street. Cars can be dangerous, so it is important to look both ways before crossing or to even hold someone’s hand to be sure you are both safe. It seems that a very good dog in Kathmandu, Nepal knows that lesson all too well. The sweet little pup knew that lesson and clearly took it to heart. A woman named Natalie Compton who is a journalist from the United States was in Nepal because she was planning to hike up to Everest Base Camp. She was out on the street and saw this incredible sight.

Natalie had a few days in Kathmandu before she began her hiking expedition, so she worked out in a local gym to prepare for the trek. She went outside to take a rest break and take in the sights of the streets. When she saw a cute little dog standing next to its owner on a street corner, she decided to take a video of the sight. She had seen many dogs in her time in Kathmandu, many wearing sweaters and being well cared for by their owners. So, when she saw the dog with its owner she decided to document the experience. But she had no idea what was about to happen next.

Twitter/Natalie B. Compton
Twitter/Natalie B. Compton
Twitter/Natalie B. Compton
Twitter/Natalie B. Compton

All of a sudden, the owner reached his hand down to “ask” the dog for its paw. The pup jumped up on its hind legs, placed his paw in the owner’s hand and the pair walked safely across the road together. It was a very sweet exchange that is very common in the country, where dogs are highly revered. Each year, Nepal has a festival called Kukur Tihar, dedicated to thanking dogs for their friendship. Dogs are given floral garlands and crowns and celebrated the entire day.

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