A heartbroken dog whose owner died two months ago is missing her so much he is attending services at the Italian church where her funeral was held patiently waiting for her to return. Loyal Tommy, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, belonged to Maria Margherita Lochi, 57, and had been her faithful companion after she adopted him when she found him abandoned in fields close to her home. Mrs Lochi adopted several strays she found but friends said she developed a particular close affection for Tommy and would walk to church with him from her home every day -
Our family had a terrier mix, Fritz, (our German grandma named him). A little black and white mutt, he was fiercely protective of us. Dad was the alpha male in the house and when he wrestled with my brothers, Fritz was on his side, nipping at the boys. But if Dad admonished one of us girls, Fritz would get between us. Fritz hated being left behind. Once we had a neighbor look after him while we were out of town for a couple of days. Fritz wouldn´t let him in the house to feed him. When we got home Fritzy was standing on the kitchen table - something he had never done before - looking out the window. Another time we left him with relatives when we went on vacation. As soon as he could escape from their house he took off in the direction our car had gone. I don´t see anything Pavlovian here. Ramona (the Pest)
Cats also. When my mother was ill, at my house, she and a cat I had recently taken in spent a lot of time together. After she died, the cat left home. One year later I found the cat at my door. I let it in and it went from room to room looking for my mother. Not finding her, the cat went to the door, I let it out and never saw it again.
I have a family of ten rescued Huskies, and each of them is as important in my life as my grandkids are. They trained me to not fuss about hair all over the house, and some muddy tracks on the floor. I still miss the ones that have crossed the rainbow bridge years ago, but I know we will all be together again in the future--as will Tommy and Mrs. Lochi.
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The Architect, 1/18/2013 10:05:21 AM (No. 9124107)
#5, you obviously didn´t grow up with dogs in your life. Most dogs are loyal to a fault and when the bond with someone it is probably the strongest cross species bond in the world. The dog may indeed by responding to the sound of the bells, but that is only because he associates them with his beloved mistress. Dogs also have no sense of time. They live in the present, so as far as Tommy is concerned, he last saw Maria just a little while ago. My wife has four little curly haired Barboncinos (Italian Poodles). When she goes out, they all wait at the gate for her to come home, even if she is gone all day. When I come home I know my wife is out because I see their four little heads ressting on the bottom rung of the gate staring out waiting for her. When she is sick, they all sleep around her bed on the floor as if they are protecting her, fierce in their loyalty, even though they only weigh about 3-4 pounds apiece.
Even if I´m only out running errands, when the cat is outside, she will deliriously roll back and forth on the sidewalk until I get out of the car. She acts thrilled to see me - but I suspect it is because I´m back & she won´t have to figure out how to get the cat food box open by herself!
Following on #10´s comments regarding girls, our "No. 1 Son", half Shar Pei and half Boxer, once "defended" me (in his mind) when he was about a year old. He is very stubborn (Shar Pei). He was on our bed and wouldn´t get off to go to his crate for the night. I was under the covers, and my husband came toward him to lift him off the bed. Snickers growled, I mean really growled, and literally threw himself over me because I believe he thought my husband was coming to harm me. We laugh about it now, and it´s never happened again in the eight years we´ve had him, but it does show that if dogs really feel someone is threatening you, they will come to your defense.
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The Advocate, 1/19/2013 1:43:59 AM (No. 9125740)
23 Beautiful. This is one of the best postings- uplifting. My Russian Blue passed recently- he looked after me when my husband passed away until I remarried. Our animal friends are very much part of the fabric of our lives- God Bless them.
The headline and the comments are enough for me right now to bring tears to my eyes. I love my little dogs so much and I know that love is returned. I don´t believe you will find any breathing thing on this planet that has the loyalty of your dog. Thanks for posting and for the comments. I will read the article tomorrow.
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