A dog in Kazakhstan died recently while saving its owner from an oncoming train, according to reports on Yahoo News. The owner, it seems was attempting suicide by drinking Vodka and falling asleep on the railway tracks.
His dog, on seeing the oncoming train, immediately sprang into action. While it managed to pull the drunken owner out of danger, its own hind paws were crushed by the train, resulting in an instant death.
A Similar Incident Earlier this Year
This is not the first time this year that a dog made the headlines for rescuing its owner from an oncoming train. In May, an 8 year old Pit Pull named Lilly, similarly pulled her unconscious owner, Christine Spain, out of danger. In that incident which took place in Shirley, Massachusetts, the dog’s right front paw was crushed by the trained. While Lilly survived the accident, her right paw had to be amputated.
The whole incident was witnessed by the train’s engineer, who stated that he saw the dog pulling the unconscious Ms Spain off the railway tracks.
According to those present at the scene, what was remarkable was that Lilly was tremendously calm, staying by her owner’s side throughout the whole ordeal and watching over the unconscious woman. This was despite the serious injury Lilly herself had sustained.
Amazing too was the fact that just a few years earlier, Lilly was a shy and anxious dog, rescued by Ms Spain’s son, Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, from a local animal shelter to be a companion to his mother. That Lilly would one day transform into the hero she is today is probably beyond anyone’s expectations.
Dogs and their Loyalty to their Owners
When hearing such stories, this author is always touched to the point of tears. It reminds him of how loyal dogs always are to their owners. Yet, time and again, we see dogs given up for adoption, left at shelters or abandoned and left to fend on their own. We hear too, once in a while, of how some owners would subject their dogs to all kinds of cruel abuse. We hope by sharing such stories, more people will come to understand dogs better and learn to love and accept them.
Be responsible when considering getting a dog; always be sure you are ready for dog ownership first. More importantly, ensure you have the time and financial resources to care for it and send it for dog training. A dog is not a commodity you can buy today and discard tomorrow. Getting a dog is a long term commitment. A dog will love you unconditionally; make sure you can love it back too.