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A book is a man’s best friend, after a dog

A book is a man’s best friend, after a dog

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

These lines portray the perfect picture of the two – a book and a dog. They blend together to provide a human, a social being the wholeness of affection and wisdom.

Books are undoubtedly capable of being called a man’s best friend. They impart knowledge. Never counter question you. Never betray you. Never leave you rather we humans choose to leave.

“Books are the quietest and the most constant of friends. They are the most accessible and the wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.”

– Charles W. Eliot

But books are non-responding. The elements of love, care, concern, and affection lack when we talk about books.

And a dog? This loyalty holder showers unconditional , unquestionable love which is a central need in a man’s life.

Humans have this tendency to grow with time, they move on from their griefs (mostly) and adjust to whatever conditions fall, unlike dogs whose loyalty knows no bounds. It is unconditional and forever.

Dogs are those beautiful creatures who cannot be judged in the name of affection. These furry animals never drain a man with an emotional wreck, their love creates a much-needed balance in a man’s life.

They teach us what loyalty is, what love is. Regardless of their speech prowess, they know how to  reciprocate.

Dogs’ loyalty facts certainly show that they seem to have a natural instinct to be loyal to humans. This is because they are pack animals and long to belong to a pack. Much like humans, it can be said that no dog is an island. For a loyal dog, their master’s family is their pack and they adopt them as their own.

Loyalty in a pack is crucial.

A dog’s life revolves around this simple fact: they love and want to be loved. They want to be part of a pack, contribute to their pack and protect their fellow pack members. This is what makes them the most loyal friends and constant companions.

Here are 6 true stories of dogs who took loyalty to the next level:

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1.Hachiko : Waiting for a train

Born in Odate, Japan in 1923. When his master, Dr. Eisaburo Ueno a professor at  Tokyo University died in May 1925, Hachi returned to the Shibuya train station the next day and for the next 9 years to wait.

Died in March 1935. Today a bronze statue of Hachiko sits in his waiting spot outside the Shibuya railroad station.

2.Bud Nelson : First Transcontinental copilot

The first automobile that journeyed from coast to coast in 1903 was a red mark day in the history of men and dogs’ companionship. Bud Nelson accompanied his master Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson on this miraculous journey. Our hero not only traveled along but Also completed this in a span of just 63 and a half days from San Francisco to New York City before highways and service stations actually changed the American landscape.

3.Zanjeer : Savior of Mumbai

Passed away from cancer at the age of 8, Zanjeer served the Mumbai Police Department with utmost diligence. During his police career b, he detected more than 3,329 kgs of explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6,406 rounds of live ammunition and City saved thousands of lives. On his death, the Police Department honored him with a hero’s funeral.

4.Balto and Togo : Idols of Iditarod

When Nome, Alaska was under the attack of Diphtheria (a serious infection of nose and throat) in the year 1925, a team of 20 mushers and 160 dogs helped prevent this deadly outbreak. The sled dogs Balto and Togo led the team for 5 and a half days covering 674 miles saving lives. The relay sled ran from Nenana to Nome.

This happening became an inspiration for the annual Iditarod sled dogs race.

5.Bobbie, the wonder dog:  A 2,800 mile reunion

Bobbiemaster got lost on a family vacation in Illinois in 1926. Bobbie was gone for just over traveled months, when he turned up at the family home in Silverton, Oregon. His grave features a plaque and dog house at the Oregon Humane Society as well as a lovely mural.

6.Sergeant Stubby: Decorated WWII Veteran

Valiant honored Sergeant Stubby was a soldier in true terms. 17 battles on the Western Front and he came to be known as the mascot of the 26th Yankee Division of the 102nd Infantry. He could salute, detect dangerous mustard gases, knew the bugle calls, could scout for wandered soldiers during war times. He holds the credit of serving as an early warning for raids and bombings in his name.

These chronicles of some known dogs showcase the best part of the noble character of “Man’s best friend”.

Thus, this loyal companion, tireless in the face of hardship, a patient friend, awaiting his human’s return, as long as it takes, a fierce helpmate, courageous in the face of battle is indeed a man’s best friend before a book.

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