They say that a best friend is “family that you choose.” While this is true for a lot of people, many of us don’t realize that this can apply to animals, too! Two dogs became fast friends when they discovered that they were neighbors. Playing every day, they loved spending the days together. And it turns out, they would stop at nothing to keep each other safe!
Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together.
Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses.
One evening, Brownie’s family noticed that Brownie hadn’t returned home. They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didn’t show up the next day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still missing.
Curiously, Spotty showed up at Brownie’s house alone, barking, whining, and generally pestering Brownie’s human family. Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog.
Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take “no” for an answer. Ted, Brownie’s owner, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog. Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently, then darting back and forth to a nearby empty lot, as if to say, “Follow me! It’s urgent!”
Eventually, Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot, as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a desolate spot a half mile from the house.
There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive — one of his hind legs crushed in a steel leg-hold trap. Horrified, Ted wished he’d taken Spotty’s earlier appeals seriously.
Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable…
Spotty had done more than simply lead Brownie’s human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps, which were identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week!
Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort! Spotty had stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to keep him warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.
Brownie’s leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered.
For many years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses.
The unconditional love dogs give is simply inspiring.
The love between these dogs is inspiring. For over a week, Spotty was bringing his meals to Brownie to keep him alive. But it was nearing the end, and Brownie was fading fast. Infection, the elements, and a number of other dangers could take Brownie at any moment! If only his owners had realized what the little dog was trying to tell them! Brownie was kept alive because of Spotty’s love…I do wonder why the hunter never checked his traps. Whomever left this dangerous contraption out in the woods for over a week needs a good talking to. 🙁
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