We have read and heard about so many dogs in history. Dogs that have travelled miles to see his owner, dogs that valiantly went in the war and took the bullets, dogs that were worshipped, dogs that detected cancer and still do, dogs that identified bomb, identified murderer but we can never get enough of this animal. They are with humans for a long time now and said and proved to be our best friends. Here goes some more about their bravery.
Once upon a time their lived a black Labrador, named Jack. He lived with his owner William Thomas near Lake Tawe, Swansea, Wales during 1930s. One day Jack saw a little boy drowning in the river so he ran in and pulled the boy to the shore by his collar scurf. That they there were no one to witness the incident but not only that once. Later, after some weeks he again saved a swimmer. This time there were people to witness him and then he kept on saving people. By the next decade Jack had saved at least 27 people from drowning in the most dangerous river and dock in the Wales.
He was awarded with the Silver Collar from Swansea Council, Bravest Dog of the year award, a silver cup from the mayor of London and his own statue. He was called the Swansea Jack.
Bamse means ‘cuddly bear’ in Norwegian but Bamse was extremely tough, he served the Norwegian minesweeper during World War II. He was originally brought on board by the ship’s captain. Later when the captain tried to take Bamse away to accept another post, the crews of the ship threatened him that they would leave the ship if Bamse was taken away. They chose mutinee over losing Bamse.
In Dundee and Montrose Bamse’s legend spread out. During World War II the ship anchored there. Bamse rode buses alone to check on the drunken sailors reach back to their ships. He had a special bus pass tied around his neck. He saved some drunken crew from knifemen, from falling in the water. But Bamse was known for being a peacemaker. It was reported that when the sailors fought on board Bamse used to stand up on his hind legs putting his front paws on the sailor’s shoulder as if he wanted to say, “Calm down buddy, it’s not worth it”! He used to dress up as a little sailor so his photos could be sent by crew members to their home in Christmas.
Bob was born in Southern Australia in 1982. He was a stray from the beginning. He used to follow railway workers to their work until he was taken by dog catcher. Later a station guard bought him and took him to the trains. Bob used to travel with him wherever he went but not for long. The station guard got promoted and they fell apart. From then Bob travelled alone. He was a known and welcome face in the trains. People adored him. Whenever he wanted some privacy he used bark crazily at everyone in the compartment. The railway department knew about him and let him be. He used to follow the engine driver to his home at night for a meal and comfort and in the morning he used to return to his journey. He became famous. Whenever he came into town he used be the guest of honour in banquets. He was given a special bracelet with his name on it and an engraving saying to let Bob go wherever he wanted. Bob the railway dog died as the most famous dog in Australia.
Bummer and Lazarus
Bummer and Lazarus were two celebrity dogs. Whenever they had a fight with other strays the newspapers reported it. Dog catchers were not allowed to catch them. No. They were not any celebrity person’s dog. They were famous for their friendship. In earlier days Bummer used to beg for scraps to people until Lazarus came into the town and got in a fight with other strays. People started to think that the other dogs will tear him to shreds, that’s when Bummer came in the scene. He not only fought with the other dog but also nursed injured Lazarus to a healthy life. Their legend grew and every twist and turn of their story was reported by the newspapers. When once Bummer’s leg broke and Lazarus didn’t help him all the people protested though the dogs had a little to do with that. Their legacy continued till both of them died. Even after their death, the newspaper wrote about them. Their friendship was so famous that even Mark Twain took a time out to write about them.
Enough for this article, I’ll continue more about these famous dogs in my next article. The next article is going to be more interesting. Keep reading.