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Sep 13, 2021 23:25:33   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
Speaking of showing appreciation for a good deed reminds me of something. Once, my wife and I had been out to eat and came back to our apartment probably around 9 or so. As my car's lights swept the area and I was turning into my parking spot, it highlighted the body of a good-sized dog lying there, completely still.

So when I parked I walked over to see what he was doing. When I got close I saw that this dog had its head stuck about 1/2 way into a milk carton. It was near the trash barrels and probably intended for a family of raccoons who lived nearby in the bayou. it was probably filled with table scraps someone had put in a 1/2-gallon milk carton. The person had opened and filled partially with food. The dog in its eating from this had pushed its head further and further down and as it did, it cut off all air and before it realized the trouble it had created, it could not get its head out, nor could it breathe! it had passed out!

I suppose it would have died within a few more minutes. After realizing the problem, I pulled the milk carton from his head, and he took several minutes to recover. When he did, you cannot imagine how happy and grateful this dog was. He was now my dog! He knew I had saved his life and wanted to do everything possible to tell me how much he appreciated my kindness. When I tried to tell him, it was o.k. that he should go home, he kept following me and wanted to tell me he was now my dog! He walked to my door with me, still doing little "happy hops" and such. At my door I told him again to go home, He had thanked me enough. I also gave him a 'hand signal' not knowing if he understood, but I think he did and still quite happy, he understood and finally left, and I suppose he went home. Just Sayin...RJS

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Sep 14, 2021 00:55:03   #
Blackdog Loc: Round Rock, TX
 
That's an awesome story RJS.

Without a doubt dogs are special gift to man. So nice of you to take time to check him out, to see what's up?

Thanks!


BD

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Sep 14, 2021 05:33:03   #
bknecht Loc: Northeast pa
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
Speaking of showing appreciation for a good deed reminds me of something. Once, my wife and I had been out to eat and came back to our apartment probably around 9 or so. As my car's lights swept the area and I was turning into my parking spot, it highlighted the body of a good-sized dog lying there, completely still.

So when I parked I walked over to see what he was doing. When I got close I saw that this dog had its head stuck about 1/2 way into a milk carton. It was near the trash barrels and probably intended for a family of raccoons who lived nearby in the bayou. it was probably filled with table scraps someone had put in a 1/2-gallon milk carton. The person had opened and filled partially with food. The dog in its eating from this had pushed its head further and further down and as it did, it cut off all air and before it realized the trouble it had created, it could not get its head out, nor could it breathe! it had passed out!

I suppose it would have died within a few more minutes. After realizing the problem, I pulled the milk carton from his head, and he took several minutes to recover. When he did, you cannot imagine how happy and grateful this dog was. He was now my dog! He knew I had saved his life and wanted to do everything possible to tell me how much he appreciated my kindness. When I tried to tell him, it was o.k. that he should go home, he kept following me and wanted to tell me he was now my dog! He walked to my door with me, still doing little "happy hops" and such. At my door I told him again to go home, He had thanked me enough. I also gave him a 'hand signal' not knowing if he understood, but I think he did and still quite happy, he understood and finally left, and I suppose he went home. Just Sayin...RJS
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I truly believe that dogs are more perceptive and appreciative than many people. You did a good deed RJS, something many other’s would not have taken the time to do and simply go on with their OWN lives.

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Sep 14, 2021 08:12:52   #
fishyaker Loc: NW Michigan (Lower Peninsula)
 
Definitely glad that you took time to investigate the situation! Maybe dogs even have "guardian angels"...who knows...because you sure were one on that particular day! Timing is everything!

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Sep 14, 2021 13:55:38   #
BCKliche Loc: Suffolk, VA
 
Thank you for saving him, RJ!

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Sep 14, 2021 19:06:31   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
Yes, I a just glad I came along in time. He was close to being gone. Just Sayin....RJS

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Sep 14, 2021 20:30:55   #
Barnacles Loc: Northern California
 
I was a firefighter for a few years, and did a few rescues. The one that I remember the best was when I was off duty. I stopped at a house fire, as I knew several of the men who were fighting that fire. One of them brought out a dog that looked dead. I carried it over to the truck and borrowed their oxygen gear, and did my best to figure out how to do chest compressions on a dog, while holding the mask over his nose with oxygen flowing. Frankly, I didn't expect results, but he came back to life. It was really a good feeling!

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Sep 15, 2021 13:47:58   #
Bigbum Loc: Washington
 
Good job RJS
Reminds me is a rescue operation winter 1978 in Montana. Neighbors who lives along the highway across from reservoir calls me and asked if my dog was around. Seems a dog wandered out on the ice after a deer who had wandered out and broken thru. The dog was about 2/3 in the freezing water clinging to the ice. I checked around but couldn’t locate my dog but being sure she was around somewhere I told him I’d come down and help anyway. When I met him along the highway sure enough there was a dog barely out of the frigid water barely hanging on. On closer inspection I saw it was my dog. Well shit. I had to act fast. I had no rope but a 100’ extension cord. Then a Montana Highway Patrol pulled up to see what’s going on. He grabbed 100’ of rope from his trunk and we went down to the edge of the ice. After a stint of below 0 temperatures the weather warmed up above freezing the last week so the ice was getting soft and rotten. The patrolman made a large loop at the end of the rope thinking I could lasso my dog and pull her up. I took the rope and put it around my waist much to his dismay. I then headed out on to the ice in a small bay where the remains of a deer and my freezing dog were. The neighbor and patrolman played out line. As I approached closer to my dog I called her name but she gave no indication of hearing or seeing me. The ice at my feet started to get mushy and actually sinking as water started to collect around my feet. Realizing I could break though I got down on my stomach and sloshed along towards the hole in the ice like a penguin. When I reached my girl she looked at me and gave recognition but was basically frozen there. “It’s okay, I got you” I said. I was at the edge of the ice and the water started flowing up around me. I then reached out and grabbed both paws. Realizing I could do nothing at that point I yelled back to the two men holding the other end of the rope I had around my waist. I felt myself being pulled backwards along the ice. My dog popped out of the hole and we were both dragged back to firmer ice. When they stopped pulling I stood up, took the rope off me, picked up my pup and carried her to shore. By then there were other people stopped along the highway and the gave a celebratory cheer. I thanked my neighbor and the MHP. I loaded my girl into my truck and took her home. After about an hour behind the wood stove she was up and about like nothing ever happened. No side effects and she lived another 8 year to the age of 13. Whoever said they are mans best friend was understating things.

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Sep 15, 2021 14:52:20   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
Yes, for a good dog, a smart man will do almost anything, including risking his life! Which you did! Just Sayin....RJS

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Sep 15, 2021 15:42:05   #
Bigbum Loc: Washington
 
People ask me-“wasn’t it cold”?
What cold?
And I believe in my heart I would have done it for any dog that was in that predicament.

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Sep 15, 2021 16:19:06   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
You do not consider the cost when a dog's life is at stake. You did the right thing. Just Sayin...RJS

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