We love The Dodo and are so glad for all the attention they bring to our relationships with our pets and animals in general. We really do believe they inspire people to see animals not as just food or just sometihng that lives outside, but rather as an important and intregal part of our planet and closer to home, the ecosystems where we live.
- The stray dog’s smile made him famous. Then police said he looked too dangerous to stay in his new home.
Animals are amazing…and this story demonstrates that. Read on…
Earlier this week in Brazil, Cris Mamprim- a healthcare worker- and some of her colleagues at Hospital Regional Alto Vale got to see something that forever changed them:
“At around 3 a.m. on Sunday, a homeless man named César entered the hospital to receive treatment and medication for a health problem he’s been battling. Normally, the man is attended to at another facility in town, so Mamprim and the other staffers asked about his condition and his story. And they soon realized that their new patient wasn’t alone.
Despite his lack of material possessions, César’s life was rich with friendship. Looking just outside the hospital’s front door, the staff saw a group of faithful canine companions were eagerly awaiting his safe return.”1
Doggies. The man, although homeless, had taken the time to care for a couple street dogs he met and they had become his constatnt companions. In fact, they wouldn’t leave his side.
When questioned, César admitted to the hospital staff that he often went without food so his dogs could stay well fed.
Mamprim told The Dodo:
“They are all well taken care of and chubby. Seeing them like that, waiting at the door, only shows how much they are cared for and loved.”2
(Check out the video below of another homeless man who adoped a dog that he says saves his life on a daily basis!)
Alghough the dogs really wanted to see their human, they patiently waited. And finally, after getting César set up with the medication he needed, hospital staff ivited his dogs inside so they could be near him. They also gave César some food, which Mamprim said he ate and saved for his dogs.
“After about an hour at the hospital, César was safely discharged. Mamprim watched from the door as he disappeared back into the darkness of early morning with his gang of happy dogs wagging their tails in tow.
‘He has the best companions with him. I do not know what his life is like, or why he’s on the street, but I admire the respect and love he has for his little animals […] If only everyone were like this.'”
We couldn’t agree more. If that story doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will!
I still miss my Ms. Pye everyday. If you are lucky enough to have a furry family member, make sure to hug them today!