Today, we are celebrating dogs everywhere! And to do that, we have seven inspirational stories showing off man’s best friend in all their excellency.
From their loyalty to their kind hearts, we couldn’t imagine a world with those fluffy goofballs.
Let’s start with a dog whose inspirational achievements have solidified his place in history. Recused from a French battlefield during WW1, the German Shepherd pup, Rin-Tin-Tin would quickly become a star, appearing in 27 Hollywood silent films. And, of course, we can forget to mention the inspirational American soldier who saved him, Lee Ducan.
“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” - Jill Abramson
Meet George H.W.’s famous and beloved service dog, Sully. With his very own bronze statue, which resides outside the American VetDo’s campus in Smithtown, NY, Sully’s inspirational legacy serving the president in his last months can be looked up to by dogs all around the city.
“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you feel rich.” – Louis Sabin
Balto, Togo, and Their Crew
In 1925, a deadly and contagious disease called diphtheria had hit the town of Nome. Alaska. Fortunately, there was an antidote; unfortunately, it was hundreds of miles away in Anchorage, and horrid weather burdened with snow stood in the way.
The only way to get the antidote to Nome would have to include teams of sled dogs. But thanks to a team of many dogs, with Balto leading the final team 54 miles through snow, ice, and -40F temperatures, the antidote would reach Nome in time to save the town.
But we can not forget about the mighty dog Togo and his crew who first carried the antidote an outrageously 264 miles through treacherous weather. Balto’s fame and success wouldn’t be possible without Togo and his team.
“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, and filling an emptiness we didn’t ever know we had.” – Writer Thom Jones
By winning People’s 2020 contest for World’s Cutest Rescue Dog with her unconventional looks, Lamb Chop showed the world that cutest comes in all shapes and sizes.
Saved from a puppy mill at the age of 6, Lamb Chop has been called “a super-cute face to an ugly industry”. After she was rescued, she had to have all her teeth removed due to severe decay along with the removal of several tumors and treatment for cauliflower ear.
Today, you can find Lamb Chop and her owner, Christin Schubert at pet expos where Schubert speaks about the evils of puppy mills as part of her continued work with the nonprofit, Bailing Out Benji.
“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” – Douglas Malloch
While our next dog may not have been as real as the people who she partnered with to help teach millions of kids around the world, without Blue, we couldn’t have Blue’s Clues. Appearing in 141 episodes across 6 seasons, Blue is one busy little pupper.
According to the creators and producers, Blue and her companions’ job is to “empower, challenge, and build the self-esteem of preschoolers … while making them laugh”. Seeing how courageous many of those who were raised on the show have become, it’s safe to say Blue Clues accomplished its mission.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil… or jealousy… or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back In eden, where doing nothing was not boring… … it was peace.” – Milan Kundera
Next on our list of inspiring dogs, is one many of us grew up with or remember our kids growing up with. It’s none other than the star of Air Bud, Buddy. What an appropriate name too! Because Buddy was every kids’ best bud excelling in sports such as football, baseball, volleyball, and of course, basketball.
Some fun facts about the Air Bud movie franchises include there are a whopping 14 movies in total. There are five in the Air Bud series, then seven in the Air Buddies series, which is about his litter of puppies and their amazing skills and feats. Last, there are two Christmas spin-offs of the Air Buddies series.
“I want to work like a dog, doing what I was born to do with joy and purpose. I want to play like a dog, with total, jolly abandon.” -Oprah Winfrey
When you save 27 people, you can bet you’ll earn your place in history as one of the bestest good boys to ever live, and that’s why we are finishing our list with Swansea Jack.
Born in 1930, over the span of a decade, Swansea Jack, a black retriever, saved 27 people from drowning in a river located in the town of Swansea, Wales. His first rescue came when Jack was still a bit of a pup in 1931 when he saved a 12-year-old boy from drowning.
At first, only the boy who Jack reduced knew of his courageous deeds, but Jack apparently wasn’t satisfied with that as he would go on to earn quite the name for himself. Not only does he have a statue commemorating his heroic deeds, the Swansea’s English Premier League team, “The Swansea Jacks” name is inspired by him.
“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there may not necessarily be anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” -Roger Caras