In the previous part I have told you about Swansea Jack who used to save people from drowning in the most dangerous river of Australia; I have told you about Bamse the Peacemaker, I have told you about Bob the Railway dog and I have told you about the friendship of Bummer and Lazarus. There are still too many incredible dogs waiting to appear in the list. So here it goes.
Monks of Saint Bernard pass, a snowy divide between Switzerland and Italy bred them for 100 years for one purpose- search and rescue travellers who got lost and buried in snow. These rescue dogs travelled in pairs so that when they find a traveller one can stay with him and keep him warm until the help comes and the other can go and find help. Barry saved at least 40 people in his course of time. But he is famous because once Barry found a child trapped on a treacherous ice shelf. He managed to go there and kept the child warm until the help came, but the help could not reach him so he allowed the child to get on his back and pulled him to safety. Barry was so good a rescue dog that even after his departure they always kept a dog named Barry in the monastery. It was the tradition.
Bud was the first dog who had crossed America by car with his owner Horatio Nelson and co-driver Sewall K. Crocker in the year 1903, when car journey was not luxurious. At that time car journey was dusty and noisy. The roads were not there at every place. Bud was provided one goggles so that his eyes can be saved. But bud was happy like he is in the photo.
It is believed that like Bob Owney’s owner was a mail clerk but as he died Owney stayed behind in the post office with his precious mailbags. He liked the smell and texture of the mailbags. After some days, not only in the post office, he started travelling with the mailbags, first to the wagons then to the mail trains. Soon the mailmen noticed that no train ever had an accident in which Owney travelled. So as a lucky charm Owney travelled in the trains. People started attaching a medal to his jacket to represent everywhere he had been. For a publicity stunt he travelled the world in 120days like Jules Verne’s novel. He travelled across the ocean liner, America, Europe and Asia. He also had his own postage stamps.
In 1966, the World Cup was held in England and they were as excited about this as they had a feeling that they might win. In that situation the World Cup got stolen from England and kind of a frenzy begins to find it. It became the question of International embarrassment. Pickles was being walked by his owner when he sniffed something in the bush and that something was the lost World Cup. Pickles found the World Cup. And he became the Dog of the decade by receiving money and going to a banquet.
Rolf was either the smartest dog in the world or he was in the middle of a dirty scam. According to Nazis, he could talk. Now, Nazis had some really weird beliefs like they could really make an army of super dogs. Smartest of the super dog squad was Rolf. Apparently he could tap his paw against a board to produce some doggy-Morse-code to communicate with humans. By this code he used to appreciate poetry, Express his pride for Nazi regime and expressing his blind hatred for the French. He even expressed his desire to fight in war on the front lines. Hitler believed that a dog could talk and wasted a great amount of time on his baseless belief. Even if the Nazis could not succeed in making a talking dog, they certainly did succeed to make a racist dog.
We heard the stories about Hachi who everyday waited for his dead master to come home. We have seen the movie about it. We have dropped a lot of tears watching Hachiko. But the loyal dog Fido is not that popular. Fido was born in Italy during the World War II. He was found dying by a kiln worker. He took him home and nursed him to life and he gained Fido’s unparalleled loyalty. He used sit in the bus stop, waiting for his master to come back home. He refused to move until his owner got off the bus. During the war Italy was bombed daily. One day Fido’s owner did not return. He was killed in an air raid. From that day in spite of the bombardments Fido sat in that bus stop waiting for him for everyday. For 14years. He became a source of stories to media. Everyday people came to see him and made his way to the bus stop. He sat there, watching everybody leave. Then he left. Disappointed. You can cry now.