Category Archives: Animal altruism

Good Samaritan homeless dog untethers pup tied up outside store

In the town of Novorossiysk, Russia, the owner of a pit bull puppy tethered the pup to a fence in front of the store so he could do some quick shopping inside.

But a homeless dog, who is well-known in the area to be very smart, always using the crosswalk to cross streets, was convinced the pup had been abandoned.

So he worked to set the pup free by using his teeth to untether the pup from the fence.

After untethering the pup, the homeless dog tried to lead the pup away by its leash.

Fortunately, Dmitriy Timchenko witnessed this and went inside the store to alert the pup’s owner.

Timchenko took this video:

The “Good Samaritan” stray dog seems to be in good health and able to take care of himself. But hopefully someone would adopt this smart, kind-hearted and well-meaning “creature without sin”.

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Rescue dog always leaves half of his food in bowl

PawMyGosh reports that a year ago, Joice Lamas and her husband adopted a dog named Otávio from a rescue group who took him in from an abusive household where many dogs were neglected.

Otávio was fearful of humans at first, but Joice was determined to change that. She told The Dodo: “From the first moment we saw him, we’ve never been apart.”

In the months after bringing Otávio home, the couple saw him blossom right before their eyes. He has learned to trust and cuddles instead of turn away in fear.

But a heartbreaking remnant from his past still remained.

Although dogs, unlike finicky cats, are known to eat any and everything, Otávio would only eat some of his food, always leaving half of the food in his bowl.

Joice suspects it’s because of Otávio’s past household where he and the other “many” dogs were abused and neglected. Otávio likely had to ration his meals or set aside some of the food for the other dogs.

Either way, it was heartbreaking.

Joice said: “It’s sad. I always tell him, ‘It’s OK if you eat everything.’”

Joice hopes that in time, Otávio will learn that he can leave that part of his past behind: “I know he will never be without anything in life — not food, not love. We try to make him as happy as possible.”

Joice said it’s one of the challenges of adopting a formerly abused dog: “They need patience and a lot of love, because they can take longer to adapt. But it is remarkable how love changes animals. A rescued animal is much sweeter, more grateful and affectionate than others. They’re simply incredible!”

See also “Animal altruism: Why homeless cat would only accept kibbles in a plastic bag,” because the cat was bringing food back to her kitten.

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Dog releases trapped bird into the wild

A bird flew into a house, and is trapped.

The black Labrador gently picks up the bird with its mouth, goes outside, and releases the bird.

Simply remarkable.

And yet we are told by sneering scientists that animals do not reason, deliberate, or act with intention, even less with compassion, and that we humans alone are “rational”.

~Eowyn

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Dog saves little girl from falling into river

We humans like to think of ourselves as being superior to animals.

We flatter ourselves, convinced that only humans are rational, whereas animals merely act on the basis of “instincts” — whatever that’s supposed to mean.

To be rational is to be able to reason.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “reason” as “the ability of a healthy mind to think and make judgments, especially made on practical facts”. “Judgment,” in turn, means “the ability to form valuable opinions and make good decisions…after thinking carefully”.

In a short video that’s gone viral, originally posted on Twitter by physics-astronomy.org, a little dog sees a little girl, who’s barely able to walk, bend down by the side of a river to retrieve a ball from the water.

The dog anticipates and recognizes the danger of the little girl falling into the water. Displaying “reason” and “judgment,” the dog immediately runs to the girl and pulls her back from falling into the river.

Here’s the video (h/t PawMyGosh):

My question is this:

Obviously, a human took the video. Why didn’t the human do what the dog did by pulling the girl away from the river’s edge?

See these other acts of animal altruism and heroism:

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Thank you Lord, for cats!

Cats are loving creatures

Anyone who knows cats, knows what I mean.

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Fox and Cat Friendship

Animal Smiles

PEACE

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In a flash, border collie saves tiny chihuahua from being run over by car

In Gaspé City in Québec, Canada, a black-and-white border collie was outside playing fetch with a human and two other dogs — a black dog and a tiny chihuahua.

A little while later, a doughy woman in a light-colored hoodie walked to her blue SUV and quickly backed out of the driveway, oblivious to the fact that the little chihuahua was walking right into the SUV’s path.

In a flash, the collie rushed in and snatched the chihuahua off the ground and out of the way of the SUV.

The woman first drove the SUV forward, then back. She got out of the car and the collie ran to her in a flash, then backed away as the chihuahua walked into the woman’s embrace. She then hugged the collie.

The woman said: “I saw something in my mirror. First I thought I had crushed my dog.”

Here’s the video of the collie’s amazing rescue:

This is the border collie, a true hero. What a sweet face! (Source: WDBJ CBS7)

From Wikipedia:

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep.[1] It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs….

Border Collies require considerably more daily physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds…. Although the primary role of the Border Collie is to herd livestock, the breed is becoming increasingly popular as a companion animal.

In this role, due to their working heritage, Border Collies are very demanding, playful, and energetic. They thrive best in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise, either with humans or other dogs.

H/t CSM, Maziel & Jim G.

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About Pets and Heaven

Having recently lost a dear cat, this video encourages me. I hope it helps someone following Fellowship of the Minds, too.

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Instant bond between dolphin and girl

Girl Makes Dolphin Laugh

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Stray dogs ask human to save their friend who fell into a pool

In March 2019, YouTube vlogger Trevor Costelloe and his friend were exploring an abandoned water park. It had been raining, and the pools were full to the brim.

A couple of stray dogs were in the area.

The dogs came up to the boys, wagging their tails.

One of them led the teens to a nearby pool. In the pool was another dog who had fallen in and could not get out.

One of the boys pulled the fallen dog from the pool, saving its life. The dog had become weak from struggling and wouldn’t have lasted much longer.

H/t PawMyGosh

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