A tail wagging good story of dog altruism should lead everyone to say a little prayer of thanks that we are blessed with these amazing creatures.
This is Louis.
He lives with Marolyn Diver’s parents in New Zealand and although his family have always known that he’s an exceptionally good boy, they’ve only just found out how brave and noble he truly is.
At 12-years-old, he’s getting a bit old and slow so when he disappeared one day, his owners were a bit freaked out.
What they didn’t know was that he was out being a hero.
Eventually, he returned and his family found a note that had been tied onto his collar.
‘He looked so exhausted and had basically just collapsed,’ Marolyn told The Dodo.
‘We were concerned someone might have hurt him. But after reading the note I felt complete and utter relief, then my heart melted.’
The note said: ‘Louis is the hero of the day.
He led me to Maddy in distress stuck under a branch pile. Cheers, Rob.’ Rob is a farmer who lives a mile away and Maddy is his dog.
Maddy had gone missing earlier that day and when Rob returned from running various errands, he found Louie on his property – demanding that Rob follow him.
Eventually, Rob gave in and was led out to a woodpile where Maddy had gotten stuck.
‘Rob said he was 100% sure that Louie knew what he was doing, and getting Rob to Maddy was his one pure focus,’ says Marolyn.
Once he found her, Louie helped Rob dig her out, pulling at branches, digging out the ground. Rob said the second she was free both dogs ran to a nearby pond and jumped into it exhausted and drinking water. He then gave Louie a huge handful of dog biscuits as a thank you. He knew Louie might get in trouble for being late home, so he thought he would write a small note to explain his absence.’
Louis was so drained after his big adventure that he collapsed as soon as he got home and his family were worried that he might not even make it through the night.
The next day, however, Rob turned up with Maddy in a basket and Louis suddenly perked up.
‘It’s changed the way I look at him,’ says Marolyn.
‘And I think my parents feel the same way. I’m so proud of him.’
There’s a hero inside every dog waiting for the right moment to show himself. Thanks, Louis, for your doggie altruism.