Your dog is a survivor. He persevered through that dreaded first trip to the vet, battled a hermit crab on the beach and has never met a mailman who wasn’t afraid of him. He’s even lived to tell the tale of his barking match with the dog in the window, aka his reflection. We couldn’t be more proud of your pooch and we’re sure you feel the same! That’s why we are happy to present 4 survivor dogs that fought and lived despite extreme circumstances. Your dog is just as much a survivor (but read these stories aloud to him for inspiration anyway).
Survivor Dog #1: Sinking Ship Can’t Sink Unsinkable Dogs
In 1911, the Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. After being touted as the world’s first unsinkable ship, the world watched in horror as this massive feat of man sunk to the bottom of the icy Atlantic. Though this tragic event took the lives of many, three little dogs were able to cheat death and leave the sinking ship unharmed.
Of the twelve dogs that were aboard the Titanic, two Pomeranians and one Pekinese were so small, their owners were easily able to sneak them onto the rescue boats. After hours of sitting on a rescue boat in frigid temperatures, a passing ship, the Carpathia, finally came and rescued them. Not much is known about the lives of these dogs after the Titanic but we hope they faced the rest of their lives with the same doggy gumption.
Survivor Dog #2: Dogs Beat Humans to Space
In the early 1950s, when the Cold War was just beginning, the space race between the US and the Soviet Union was in full swing. During this time, the Russians began a space dog program in which they sent trained dogs on missions into space. Training was intense: the dogs were spun in centrifuges, made to wear heavy space suits and left in boxes for hours at a time. These space dogs would actually pave the way for man’s journey into space about a decade later. Who knew two little dogs would change the face of space travel?
After years of trial and error, Belka and Strelka were the first two dogs to completely orbit the earth and survive to tell the tail. After returning to earth, they became an international sensation starring in their own Russian children’s cartoon and full-length feature film.
Survivor Dog #3: Dog Survives Tsunami
On March 11th 2009, a magnitude 9.0 underwater earthquake hit just off the coast of Tohoku, Japan. This quake, the 5th largest earthquake ever recorded, triggered a massive tsunami wave that reached heights of over 40 meters. The tsunami ravaged numerous cities in Japan, sweeping away neighborhoods and buildings and causing extensive damage to roads and railways. When the dust settled, thousands of lives were lost and the entire country went into a state of mourning.
Miraculously, despite the intense devastation, there were survivors. Among them is a medium-sized dog that hid among the rafters of a crumbling floating house. Rescue boats found the rambunctious brown dog three weeks after the tsunami hit floating on a piece of driftwood. Other than being soaked to the bone, the dog was in good condition. This little dog became a symbol of hope for the Japanese people.
Survivor Dog #4: 9/11 Guide Dog Leads Owner to Safety
Americans will always remember the fateful morning of September 11th, 2001 when two hijacked planes hit the Twin Towers. On such a bleak day in history, it is important to remember the power of hope. What should have been yet another tragic loss of life changed course when one dog changed his owner’s fate. Michael Hingson was a salesman who worked on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
By all accounts, Hingson was a normal businessman except for one thing: he was blind. If it wasn’t for his loyal guide dog Roselle, Hingson would have been completely helpless. When the towers were hit. Roselle didn’t miss a beat and immediately began guiding Hingson to safety. After descending 78 floors in a blazing hot stairwell, both owner and dog survived the attack.
These doggy survivors are inspiring, moving and reminds us just how incredible our dogs can be. If you’re going out of town and your brave pup needs a real home to stay in, check out some of the awesome hosts we have on DogVacay.com. Go ahead, spoil your pup a little.
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