Being a pet enthusiast, I like to read about pets in the news. So often, I find myself amazed again and again by the unconditional love, compassion, and bravery of our furry friends. Take this story, for example.
73-year-old Maurice Holder was walking his 11-year-old Labradoodle Monty along the river when Maurice fell. He tumbled 40 feet down the watery ravine and when he landed, he was unconscious. Monty stayed by his side, watching over him, until he regained consciousness. Then, Monty helped his owner back up the steep ravine, where Maurice collapsed, exhausted and in pain from a head injury and several broken ribs.
As if that wasn’t amazing enough, Monty didn’t stop there. Once he had helped his owner to higher ground, he ran off to seek additional help. He found a Borough Arms pub nearby and barked until he caught the attention of a customer. The customer, acknowledging that something was wrong, allowed Monty to lead him back to the injured man. An ambulance was called and Maurice was rushed to the hospital.
Maurice is now happily healed up and couldn’t be more appreciative of his brave dog. “Monty is absolutely the perfect pet,” he said. “I wouldn’t say he is always the best behaved but he is loyal and that is what matters – man’s best friend.”
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.