Dog Stands By Fallen Friend
Most people know that one of dogs' best qualities is their loyalty. Dogs have shown this trait time and again to their pet parents. Turns out, the loyalty is just as strong with their canine companions, according to one dog's story in Dallas, Texas.
Brian, a Great Pyrenees made headlines on Nov. 12 when he stood by his canine pal who had been hit by a car. The dog, who was a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix, was hit directly outside of Dallas-Fort Worth Cemetery. Animal advocates who arrived on the scene believe that Brian dragged his friend out of harm's way and up onto a grassy patch next to the road. In his eyes, it was the only way he could potentially save his friend.
A unlikely sight
Brian and his fallen friend, named Marley, were first spotted by Dallas resident Samuel Flores, who was headed out to grab some breakfast. On his way there, he noticed the pair and Brian occasionally licking the injured dog's wounds. Flores told CBS News that he immediately turned his car around and pulled up next to the two dogs to figure out what was going on.
Unsure of what to do, Flores decided to take a picture of the two dogs and posted it on the Internet, with the message:
"Can anybody help this poor dog, his buddy got hit by a car, I'm assuming, and he's by his guard," according to the news publication.
While Flores waited for help, he was astonished by other people's actions. He noted that several people drove or jogged past the scene and did not stop to help Flores or the two dogs, but instead kept moving.
Luckily, not everyone reacted that way. Animal advocates saw the picture online and alerted Julie Fennell, the founder of the non-profit organization No Bully Left Behind, which helps rescue dogs. Before Fennell got there herself, another advocate named Jessy Faiferlick showed up to help Flores with the two dogs. Prior to Faiferlick's arrival, Flores had not approached the dogs out of fear of what might happen. When Faiferlick arrived, she decided to approach the scene to determine whether Marley could be saved or not. As she walked toward Brian and his friend, he gave her a threatening warning bark to ask her to stay away. However, after Brian realized she was not leaving, he relented by approaching her and offering his paw. Then Fennell arrived.
Once Fennell got to the scene and the advocates determined Marley had died, they decided to bring Brian to their local shelter to see if he had a family. Fennell carried Brian in her arms to the car, but his loyalty for his fallen friend did not wane. During the car ride, he constantly peered out the window to see if he could still see Marley. Of course, after Brian was brought to safety, the advocates returned to retrieve Marley's body and let her pet parents know what happened.
As the advocates handled the situation, news had spread about Brian. Several people called and arrived at the shelter willing to take this loyal pup home with them. Brian, who had escaped from his home, did not have any type of identification or a microchip. His pet parents arrived a few days later to claim their loyal dog, who stayed by Marley's side for an estimated six hours before being found.
While stories like this do not break often, canine loyalty is often seen in times of despair. Cesar's Way noted that many pet parents have witnessed their dogs show grief after a family member or other canine have passed on. Though every dog does not show this grief, some dogs, especially socially bonded ones, will exhibit signs of physical sadness for the loss, such as staying by the dog or their belongings.