Warning: Like the title says, deer attacks dog. Some might find this disturbing.
These two dogs are more than just best friends, they share a rare bond.
Ellie, a young cavalier King Charles spaniel in England, is almost completely blind. While her owner and a local animal organization are working to raise money for a vision-restoring operation, a German shepherd named Leo has taken matters into his own paws, and is protecting and guiding her.
“Ellie has cataracts on both eyes and is only aware of shadows,” explains Jean Spencer, manager of Rochdale’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in an interview with the Manchester Evening News. “But Leo, who’s an absolutely massive dog, has become her eyes. It’s touching to watch them together. She follows him around and snuggles up to him.”
Maybe I should examine Gus and Trixie’s poop a little closer.
Perfect impulse control
Speak foreign languages fluently with little/no instruction or practice
100% non-reactive behavior at all times
Never have a bad day
Always walk on a loose leash
Always come immediately whenever someone calls us, no matter what else is going on
Like everyone you meet, including rude, offensive, obnoxious individuals
Perfection: In short, we expect our dogs to attain a lofty goal that none of us will ever attain, perfection. Living with, learning from, and loving dogs has taught me that they are in fact perfect in many ways that we will never be. Dogs do not deceive, manipulate, coerce, or betray us. They are the ultimate secret-keepers. They like us on bad hair days. They sit and provide silent comfort for hours, listening without judgment, in our hours of darkest turmoil.
Yet dogs share many of our imperfections, and we’d do well to remember that they have feelings, desires, frustrations, preferences. They experience sadness, confusion, anger, and pure joy. Dogs have good days and bad days. Remembering what we share in common with the animals who have been our collective “best friends” for millennium will engender empathy. With empathy comes understanding, respect, and trust.
I hope the future holds a revolution for how dogs and people understand and live with each other. When and if this happens, the change will hopefully be rooted deeply in the soils of empathy for our collective perfections and imperfections, desires and goals. So forgive your dog her mistakes. Be certain that she has forgiven many of yours. After all, you’re only human!