Kindness and Devotion .
Dogs do not only enrich our lives , they care for each other too , often showing extraordinary sensitivity and understanding . I have had the great priviledge of witnessing this on many occasions .
My daughter had an American Cocker Spaniel ..... Tilly .... who sadly went blind . Tilly coped very well , as dogs do , but as she got older it became more difficult . She was becoming quite deaf too . However , my daughters Afghan Hound , Stanley , took it upon himself to be her guide . Her eyes and ears . It was heartwarming to see them together , Stanley gently steering Tilly , making sure she avoided any obstacle , looking out for any dangers . Whenever my daughter called out for them , Stanley would go and wake Tilly or fetch her from the garden and gently steer her into the kitchen , or where ever my daughter happened to be . When Tilly died , Stanley was devastated and searched for her for weeks .
Then there was dear Tarquin . The ' Terrible Tarquin ' of many of my blog entries had the kindest of hearts .
For all his naughtiness he was a true softie . When we arrived home with a new puppy .... Stripey Joe .... Tarquin rushed to his toybox , brought out all his toys and laid them at Joe's feet ! His generous nature could also be overwhelming . One day I found a tiny kitten in the garden . It had obviously been dropped by a feral cat , who must have been transporting her litter to a new location . It had lain on the frosty ground for goodness knows how long . All alone on a Scottish Winters day . I thought at first it was dead , but ,detecting a very small heartbeat , I took the tiny scrap indoors . I rubbed some life into it and wrapped it in a heated towel and placed the precious bundle in a cardboard box beside the Aga . While I was preparing some warm milky mixture for it , Tarquin came into the kitchen , poked his nose into the box and then dashed off . Thank goodness I was there , as he came racing back with his huge marrow bone and dropped it into the box for the kitten and then ran off for more toys . Luckily the kitten survived the 'marrow bone gift' and grew up to be strong and healthy and a much loved member of the family . And , of course , Tarquins special chum .
Sometimes dogs can become so attached to one another that they are inseparable . Two of our Afghans formed this bond . Sophie , a beautiful cream Afghan , was always a bit feisty , a bit of a bully . So she obviously needed a companion who could fend for himself . Joe was that companion . Feisty and confidant , he became her kennel mate . They spent most of their time together and became just like an old married couple . Sophie would bark and grumble at him and Joe would just turn his back and sit in a corner with his eyes closed . Sophie waited patiently while Joe was away at shows and I swear he told her all about his day and just exactly what he thought of the judging , when he returned . They were wonderful together and totally devoted to each other . Sophie was a couple of years older than Joe and when she passed away the change in him was startling. This once healthy , robust dog pined away so badly that I had to force food down his throat by hand in a vain attempt to get him to eat . He became listless and lost all interest in life .
One morning ,I placed his breakfast in front of him and told him I had to go out for a short time , but I expected to see all the food finished when I returned . An hour and a half later I came home to find him lying dead beside Sophies grave . I'm sure he had deliberately waited till I went out . It was exactly two weeks since she had passed away and Joe had simply died of a broken heart.
So , if dogs can display such devotion to each other , why do people cruelly abandon them ?
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