November 25, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
The news as I see it and the views as I want them.
November 25 is … National Parfait Day
Black Friday is here. A new study shows what most of us already knew; you will get better deals closer to Christmas but the selection will be thinner. Decision, decisions.
Man’s and woman’s best friend? You bethcha.
A Minnesota woman credits her survival of a 20-hour ordeal after a tumble outside to her faithful dog and a punctual mail carrier.
Seventy-nine-year-old Emma Iverson says she fell and couldn't get up outside her country home near Granite Falls in late September. Nobody heard her calls for help. After night fell, her dog, Crackers, repeatedly chased away the raccoons and coyotes that came around.
Eventually she fell asleep or lost consciousness. Postal carrier Stan Boushek arrived on schedule at 12:45 p.m. the next day and was just able to spot her from the end of her driveway. She spent nine days in a hospital but made a full recovery.
Lao Pan, an unmarried man without much family, found close companionship with his loyal dog. And even through tragedy, their steadfast bond lives on.
Pan lived in the Chinese village of Panjiatun, but died earlier this month at the age of 68. His furry friend was found by villagers at Pan's grave safeguarding the site according to BBC News. The loyal pup refused to leave even after going seven days without food.
Sky News reports that since noticing the dog, villagers have been bringing food and water to the gravesite, and are even planning to build a kennel there for the dog to sleep in.
This dog's loyalty draws parallels to other famously loyal dogs, Digital Journal points out, such as Hachiko, Japan's most faithful dog.
Hachiko would greet his master at the train station each evening in Japan, until one day his owner had a stroke and died at work. Although Hachiko was adopted, his loyalty remained. Legend has it that Hachiko went to the train station each night to wait for his master.
But perhaps more likely, Sky News highlights the similarities between this yellow dog and Edinburgh's Greyfriars Bobby -- a dog who returned to his master's grave every day for 14 years. The dog now has a statue erected in honor of his loyalty.
A Jack Russell terrier from Tennessee will soon be reunited with his owner after being found in a backyard in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports. Petey, the lucky pooch, had been lost since July, but his 73-year-old owner, Jim Arrighi, never stopped looking for him.
After he turned up in a backyard, Petey was taken to the Michigan Humane Society for an examination, where volunteers found a microchip that matched him to his owner in Tennessee, the Associated Press reports.
Arrighi's stepdaughter, Tyanne Morrison, 54, told the Detroit Free Press that the miraculous find is a relief after their search efforts. "We've hunted and hunted everywhere. He's had pictures put in the paper. We put posters up everywhere. We rode around on four wheelers in the area, so we knew he wasn't hit by a car," Morrison told the paper.
The reunion is well timed, since Arrighi's wife passed away two weeks ago. He believes she may have helped their dog in some way to get back home, WDIV reported. "My wife passed away on the the 12th of this month," he told the station. "That was terrible. I can't handle that very good."
Since Arrighi can't make the journey to collect Petey, the humane society volunteer Nancy Greiser and her friend will drive about 1,100 miles round-trip on Wednesday.
Petey isn't the first dog to be found a long way from home. One smart Shih Tzu returned home after going missing for five years -- most impressively, the home he returned to was a new house where his family had relocated to. Perhaps the ultimate missing dog story belongs to Muffy. Nine years after going missing from her home in Australia, she was found -- 1,200 miles away. Many of these dogs were found and returned due to a microchip identifying their owners.
A family dog named Blue is being credited with keeping a three-year-old girl alive after she was lost in the freezing northern Arizona Wilderness.
The toddler, Victoria Bensch, was reunited with her parents after being found by rescue teams early Friday morning with Blue curled up next to her, MyFox Phoenix reported.
During her night alone the temperature dropped to just 30-degrees Fahrenheit, and the little girl was not wearing any shoes.
Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn credited the Queensland Heeler with keeping Victoria alive, and doctors agreed she was extremely lucky to have survived the freezing temperatures.
A department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter crew found the little girl and her dog three-quarters of a mile from her Cordes Lakes home, east of Prescott in Arizona’s high country.
DPS paramedic Eric Tarr said the girl was face down in the wash and that if it wasn’t for her dog, they might not have seen her.
I kneeled down next to her and told her I’m going to take you to your mommy.She smiled at me and put her arms up, said Tarr.
She was already pretty cold by the time we got to her and it was good the dog was with her, said DPS pilot Matt Uhl.
You could see the dog's expression almost turn into a smile. It came and jumped into the helicopter no problem at all.
Victoria was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for frostbite treatment and swollen feet and spent the night in the hospital as a precaution.
Adopt a dog today; it is worth it.
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
BRUCE A. BRENNAN
DEKALB, IL 60115
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