Mixed Hound Breed
One winter evening in 1941, not far from Florence in the lovely little city of Borgo San Lorenzo, a laborer named Carlo Soriani was returning home from work. When passing a little ravine, he heard a small yelp. Curious, he investigated and found an injured puppy. He brought him home and nursed him back to health. They became fast friends and the young dog followed him everywhere, so he named him Fido. He was a mixed breed, and generally looked like a hound. He was mostly white with some black patches, and his nose was always at work. As good dogs will do, he followed Carlo everywhere, including to the bus stop in the town square where Carlo took the early morning bus to work. Fido would hang around the square until Soriani returned on the evening bus where he was greeted with the unfettered joy that only a dog can muster. This went on for two years and became a well-known ritual in the square.
On December 30, 1943, the factories of Borgo San Lorenzo were bombed by the Allies, and Carlo Soriani was killed. Fido met the bus that day, of course, but the joy of greeting his master would never come again. Eventually Fido returned home to the Soriani home and Carlo’s wife, but the next afternoon Fido returned to meet the evening bus, and was again disappointed by every departing passenger. He returned the next day, and the next week, the next month, year and next DECADE. Fido met Carlo Soriano’s evening bus every day for the next 14 years – more than 5,000 days! Fido means “I am faithful”, 100 percent.
( Click here to visit Fido, immortalized in bronze, still waiting for his master’s return, in Google Street View).
They say that everything happens for a reason, and that’s certainly true for the Reyes family of Pinecrest, Florida. Only two days after adopting Candi, the year-old terrier mix puppy rescued them right back by alerting them to toxic smoke that otherwise would have killed them in their sleep.
Candi was adopted during an adoption event held by Miami-Dade Animal Services over the weekend, and the timing couldn’t have been better. She was adjusting to life with her new family, who she was clearly happy to be a part of.
On Monday night, Silvia Reyes, her husband, and their 13-year-old son Marcus were sleeping when Candi startled them awake.
“We heard a lot of barking and howling,” Silvia explained to Local 10 News. “To my surprise, at one in the morning, I came down and our kitchen was engulfed in smoke.
She woke up her husband and called 911. The refrigerator’s compressor had blown and smoke was seeping out from behind it. The family was able to make it out safely.
“She rescued us, she saved our lives,” Silvia said. “We were sleeping… we wouldn’t have known, otherwise.”
Little Candi wasn’t as fortunate. Being in the kitchen, she inhaled a lot of smoke, causing her to become quite ill.
“Candi started throwing up and breathing really hard.”
The Reyeses brought her to an animal hospital, where an X-ray revealed that one of her lungs had collapsed. She was put on an IV and given medication, and is expected to make a complete recovery.
“You’re taking someone from a shelter, you’re thinking you’re helping them, you’re rescuing them. She’s part of our family… it was meant to be.”
A rescue dog is being called a hero after saving the life of a Portland, Conn., family’s infant daughter.
The Brousseau family had already gone to bed on Sunday night when their dog, Duke, who was adopted nearly six years ago, jumped on their bed and began shaking uncontrollably. Duke’s behavior immediately woke the couple up, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
“He is insanely obedient, so this was extremely bizarre,” Jenna Brousseau told WFSB News.
Duke had never acted like this before, according to the Brousseaus, so they knew something had to be wrong. When they went into their 9-week-old
daughter Harper’s room to check on her, she wasn’t breathing.
According to ABC, Jenna’s husband immediately called an ambulance. Baby Harper was then revived by paramedics, and taken to the hospital.
“If Duke hadn’t been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep,” Jenna Brousseau said of her heroic dog.
She added, “He’s the perfect dog, he was meant, meant to be ours.”
Tucker is the world’s first canine marine biologist. Formerly a stray on the streets of Seattle, this special dog now spends his time sniffing out and tracking orca, also known as killer whales, off the coast of Washington. You see, Tucker is the first dog in the world that is able to find and track the scent of orca scat, or feces, in open ocean water — up to a mile away, even in the smallest of specks.
The boat, in this case, is Tucker’s leash. The captain can determine which way to steer the ship by interpreting Tucker’s posture, stance, and level of interest. So how is Tucker rewarded for his hard work? With his ball! He is so utterly ball-driven, that he’ll work for play time. However, despite hundreds of hours spent sniffing out orca scat on boats, this is one dog that refuses to get wet!
To learn more…visit the University of Washington Website http://conservationbiology.uw.edu/conservation-canines/