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As I sit here with my dog Chilly’s head resting in my lap, I’m reminded yet again how fortunate we humans are to have dogs for companions. As I’m sure other pup parents will agree, no matter how much we give them, they always manage to give us far more in return.
The dogs featured in this month’s Mewsings are perfect examples of this. They each embody the very best of their species: unwavering love, loyalty and support. Be sure to grab the tissues before clicking on the links, though, because these devoted dogs will touch your heart and make you believe in miracles!
Shelter dog helps boy with autism hug, kiss his mom for first time
Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of seven, Joey Granados had a deep aversion to physical contact even from those closest to him, like his mother, Amanda. That all changed when his family adopted Roxy, a goofy, playful Pit Bull, from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
The pair bonded immediately and Joey, now 14, was so happy that he gave his mom a kiss on the cheek for the very first time. “I didn’t have too many friends growing up, but then we got Roxy and I’ve been able to make friends ever since,” Joey said. “At home, I’ve been able to hold my mom’s hand, kiss her, hug her and do a lot of things that I hadn’t been able to do growing up. [Roxy’s] opened up my heart.”
This teacup poodle rides elevator to visit friends
Each day, Nala the Teacup Poodle accompanies her dad, Doug Dawson, to work. Upon entering the Lyngblomsten Care Center, they each go their separate ways: Doug to his job as a medication assistant and Nala to visit the center’s residents.
Although not a trained therapy dog, Nala instinctively seems to know who needs her attention most. Riding the elevators and navigating her way from room to room, this pint-sized pooch spreads joy, cuddles and plenty of love everywhere she goes.
Meet the heroic dog who fought off coyotes to protect boy after car crash
In June 2014, a car carrying Joseph Phillips-Garcia, then 16, and several family members went off the road and down a steep hill, only Joseph and his dog Sako survived. Seriously injured, the boy was kept warm by the three-year-old King Shepherd that the family had adopted as a puppy. The only time Sako left Joseph’s side was to fend off approaching coyotes.
The pair was rescued more than 40 hours later and Sako was credited with saving Joseph’s life. This month, Sako was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame for his valiant and heroic efforts.