Imagine if you brought your dog to travel with you on vacation, miles away, and you somehow lost that dog, yet still had to fly back without it? How Would that make you feel as a dog owner and a dog lover? You would feel awful, right? And knowing you had to go home without that little pups bringing you joy would be heart breaking, for any of us. But imagine if you went home, settled in to the lonely routine of a life without a dog, and suddenly, you heard a barking and a scratching at the door? A barking and scratching you recognized. You rush over, open the dog, and there, tail wagging, is the dog you lost on vacation. Can you imagine the odds of that happening? Well, scratch those odds from your mind because, believe it or not, a story like this is not wholly uncommon when it comes to dogs. Take the story of Max, the terrier that was separated by almost a 100 miles, yet that did little in terms of keeping him from making it back to his family.
Though the family seemed sure their dog Max was gone forever. You see, they had gotten into a (very minor) car accident with Max in the car in Conneticut, and as a result, Max had gotten scared and ran of to the woods through the trunk in the back of the car. The family was absolutely besides themselves, wracked with sadness and guilt that there canine counterpart was not going to be in their world anymore, making it brighter and better. But if you know anything about us, you know THAT’S not the end of the story.
One Tuesday, week later, the Father came home from work early to do some yard work, and saw Max, standing in the back yard, like he had never left in the first place. The family was all notified and the reunion was all tears and tail wagging. The story is that Max had traveled over fifty miles (in an elaborate journey, some points, even having to swim) to make it back home. Many people hear stories about stuff like this and wonder how the dogs do it. Truth is, the love between a human and a dog is about a sacred a love as is available in all the world, and while it does blow our mind, we also understand that loyalty and love are just two of the thousands of reasons why owning a dog will change your life, and the life of everyone who interacts with it. We may talk about keeping your dog fit and happy but we all know why we are here, our dogs are the ones who keep US happy, that is the ultimate gift of all.