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Everyone who knows Simba agrees the four-year-old pit bull is a very good boy. Unfortunately, the pup’s stellar reputation didn’t sway all of his neighbors, including one elderly woman who routinely rebuffed the friendly canine’s attempts to say hi.
“He always tried to greet her, but she called him mean and looked at him with fear,” Mehana, Simba’s guardian/owner, explained to The Dodo. “She never liked him because he was a ‘bad’ breed.”
But the elderly woman’s chilly reception didn’t stop Simba from being a good neighbor. One day, Mehena and Simba were climbing the stairs to their apartment when the dog started acting peculiarly. “He stopped,” Mehana recalled. “He began to bark and run to the door where the neighbor lives. I pulled the leash but he refused to come.”
But when Simba’s owner bent down to pick the dog up, he noticed a muffled noise coming from inside the apartment. “I heard a weak voice shout for help,” Mehana said. “She said, ‘Please don’t go.’”
When Mehana opened the door, he found his elderly neighbor had broken her hip and collapsed on the floor, where she’d been waiting for help for two days. If Simba hadn’t heard her feeble cries, she would have continued to go unnoticed. The dog likely saved her life.
When the elderly neighbor realized that Simba had saved her, her previously frosty demeanor thawed completely. “She said, ‘Thank you for hearing me,’” Mehana recalled. “I thought she was talking to me at first. But then she said, ‘No, not you — the nice doggie.’”
The heartwarming story of Simba’s heroics have improved his reception around the apartment building, where residents had previously dismissed the pit bull based on their ignorance and fear. “I know Simba is a wonderful dog,” Mehana said. “But I hope this event will make people see bully breeds differently. We, as human beings, must deserve their loyalty and love.
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids.
I stare up at the knotty pine ceiling in this sweet old cottage and see dog faces. There’s one that looks slap-happy. There’s one that’s long-faced. One that’s reproachful. Another, expectant.
Beez, of the expressive eyes and sense of things as they are. Beez, without layers of history, complexity, and interpretation, just pure emotion.
I see him lying on his bed, unmoving except for his eyes, missing nothing. I hear the tick-tick-ticking of his toenails on the pine floor. I see him looking out the screen door toward the grass, the pond, the sun and shadows on the distant hill. I see him lifting his nose to the wind.
I see Beez trotting down the lane between the cottage and the pond, tail swishing side to side. I see him fishing, ankle deep, in the shallows for pumpkin seed fish, pawing and pouncing, catching nothing.
I see Beez on top of the world—a flower-dotted high meadow with a 180˚ view of the mountains. Storybook clouds drift across the sky. Beez and I walk along with the wind whispering, the insects buzzing, the birds singing.
I’ve had two names in my time. Maybe three, if you consider no name a name. At the beginning I was part of a brood of too many puppies in an overpopulated, under-inoculated part of the world: rural Alabama. I was named Delaware by my rescuers, who named the 50 of puppies each a state name. One day when I was four months old, I became Lucy.
People walked through the rescue’s kennels every day. Some were caring for us, some were looking to adopt one of us. I noticed a woman walking through with the shelter director. The woman was talking about wanting an older dog. Oh well, I thought. When the woman walked by our kennel, I sat down and looked up at her, willing her to choose me, choose me, choose me. We locked eyes for a moment, but she walked on. Seconds later the woman backed up, as though drawn backward by an invisible force. I like to think it was my intent. She leaned down and put her fingers through the gate. I looked into her eyes and gave her fingers a gentle slurp. The woman sighed, slid her eyes to the side, looked back at me, then walked on. I watched her as she went through the swinging door and disappeared from sight. I turned back to my kennelmates.
A half-hour later, the shelter director came back, clipped a leash to my collar and led me to an outdoor pen where the woman was saying patting Jenny, the sweet black pitbull who had been in the shelter longer than I had been. She watched the pitbull leave then turned to me and smiled. As I ran up to her, she stooped down to greet me. Mine.
…to be continued. Part I Part II
I have no name, but that doesn’t bother me. What is a name anyway? I live in the woods near the farmhouse at the edge of the village they call Pierzwin. The little girl lives in the farmhouse. She’s small, so small, and toddles when she walks. She is mine, this I know. I am hers. This she knows. The one who doesn’t know is the old woman with whom the girl lives. The girl must always beg for a scrap of bread for me, which the woman throws far from the farmhouse door, as though this would keep me away from the girl.
When I first saw the little girl playing along the edge of the creek, I knew she was mine to watch over. She was stooped down looking at a rock, the sun glinting off her flax-colored hair. I stood downstream, regarding her. The girl looked up at me and laughed. I can still hear the sound—like a thin, golden strand twirling up into the air. I walked to her and nuzzled into the crook of her arm. She laughed again, breathing sweet breath on me.
Today everything is different.
Yesterday as the day darkened, the little girl played alone in the farmyard. Snow started, then grew heavy, swirling from every direction. Instead of going inside, the girl toddled toward the woods. I watched the farmhouse door to see if the old woman would call for her. She did not. I followed the girl, a few feet behind her, whining and willing her to turn back.
She meandered to the edge of the creek. Looking up at the sky, she stuck out her tongue to catch the snowflakes, lost her balance, and slipped down the steep slope toward the water. I caught the edge of her skirt in my teeth but it did not stop her. The cloth ripped, the water splashed, and the girl cried. I leapt to her. She took hold of my fur, and I pulled us up the slope.
I tried to lead her to the farmhouse, but she turned the other way. I barked for her to follow me, but she kept her course, away. I followed. At the edge of the woods I tried to steer her back, but she sat down, shivering. I took the arm of her coat gently between my teeth and tugged, but she lay down and cried. I peered into the darkness. Was there no one who would come for her? I thought to run to the farmhouse door and bark, but I couldn’t leave her. I lay down, circling myself around her small body, willing her shivering to stop. More snow came. The girl slept, and so, eventually, did I.
At first light, I heard the calls. I nosed the girl awake and barked, again and again. The girl sat up. I nosed her again: call out, cry out. She sat mute. I continued barking. I sensed the footfalls on the earth before I saw the people. I ran to the men, then sprinted back and forth between the men and the girl, trying to tell them. They followed me. A man scooped the girl into his arms and carried her away. I stood watching for a few moments then, hanging back, followed.
The old woman ran from the farmhouse door and grasped the girl. There were so many people, so much noise. I watched, then retreated. As I walked into the woods I heard a whistle. Looking over my shoulder, I saw a man coming toward me. I thought to dash away, but something in his manner seemed gentle. I sat down and waited for him to approach. He extended his hand for me to sniff and touched my head. “It was you,” he said, “you are the one. Come.”
I walked a few respectful paces behind him. We entered the farmyard. The man said some words to the old woman. She studied me, then opened the door wide and with a sweep of her hand asked me to enter the farmhouse. I looked into her eyes for a moment, and then stepped inside to warmth.
German shepherd photo by Maggie Smith
After 12 days of searching, he had lost hope. But then he learned about this awesome tip and how this has reunited many lost dogs with their families.
On day 12 of searching for my dog in a heavily wooded area, distraught and hopeless, I ran into a couple of hunters. They said they lost the occasional dog on a hunt but always got them back. What they told me has helped many dogs and families be reunited. I’ve given their advice out a few times in the last couple days, so I thought if reddit has any lost dogs out there, this could help:
The dog owner(s) should take an article of clothing that has been worn at least all day, the longer the better, so the lost dog can pick up the scent.
Bring the article of clothing to the location where the dog was last seen and leave it there. Also, if the dog has a crate & familiar toy, you can bring those too (unless location undesirable for crate). You might also want to leave a note requesting item(s) not to be moved.
Leave a bowl of water there too, as the dog probably hasn’t had access to any. Do not bring food as this could attract other animals that the dog might avoid.
Come back the next day, or check intermittently if possible. Hopefully the dog will be waiting there.
I was skeptical and doubted my dog would be able to detect an article of clothing if he didn’t hear me calling his name as loud as possible all day for 12 days. But I returned the next day and sure enough found him sitting there!
I hope this helps someone out there who’s missing a best friend. Good luck.
Read more at http://www.reshareworthy.com/how-to-find-a-lost-dog/#cHloHS7bVoLx6m3o.99
Reprinted from Reshareworthy Media/News website