Woof! Bark! Ruff! Yip! Arf! Bow-wow! These are all distinct vocalizations of man’s best friend, the adorable and always lovable pooch. Perhaps it’s because I am such a bone-head (term for a dog lover), but I find that, lately, I am thinking ever more of our furry faced compatriots.
And why not think highly of them? After all, they do way, WAY more than just entertain, sniff, lick and cuddle with you. In fact there are dozens, if not hundreds, of videos around the web of service dogs performing all manner of activities (my personal favorite has to be the terrier who makes coffee and toast, how better to start the day than with a doggy butler making half your breakfast?!)
Beyond service dogs, though, there are thousands, if not MILLIONS of amazing dog stories of countless breeds saving us, rescuing us, protecting us, and flat out being unbelievably sweet and adoring animals. Even here in the Smile TV office, we have our mascot, Sophie, who’s always a hoot and only occasionally a distraction. Actually, just as I typed that, she felt it necessary to let out a rather loud and startling bark… I think she knows I’m talking about her. Not that you’d have known that, had I not typed it.
And what animal other than the dog do you know of that is regularly thought of as a hero? Sure, there have been police dogs and fire dogs forever (and both policemen and firemen are true heroes risking their lives to save others every day), but dog heroes come from all walks of life. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this recent endeavor from the American Humane Association. In 2011 they created what became known as the yearly “Hero Dog Awards” where they honor the most heroic pups with a Hollywood style award show.
I may not know a true hero dog, but I’ve had dogs to thank for some great relationships, like Bandit, my last girlfriend’s screwball puppy. Bandit was the reason why I had a girlfriend in the first place: I happened to be the first guy that he had ever liked and gotten along with. (By the way, always note your animal’s reactions to possible suitors; if your dog doesn’t like them, that’s a bad sign.) When it comes to the dogs, I always like to end with a pun, but as none comes to mind I’ll just have to paws for now and come back to it later.