Argentinian dog stays by his master's grave for six years

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#1 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

Link (sorry if old)

Easily the most heartwarming news article I've read this week; it almost made me tear up. What a lovely dog. :3

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#2 Posted by lundy86_4 (48571 posts) -

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

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#3 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

lundy86_4
The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.
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#4 Posted by Sajo7 (14049 posts) -
[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

ghoklebutter
The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.

They're great, but they are like children. Very high maintenance animals.
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#5 Posted by RationalAtheist (4428 posts) -

[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

ghoklebutter

The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.

My hound has attachment issues, since we are together for most of the time. When I go out and leave him, he whines constantly, then always does a sulking act by pinning his ears back and giving me hard-done-by looks when I get home.

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Boris, earlier today.

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#6 Posted by lundy86_4 (48571 posts) -

[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

ghoklebutter

The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.

Yep, they certainly can be. I treat all my dogs exceptionally well, and make sure they are well looked after, and they are fantastic. Certain breeds are attention-hungry (my Dachshund) and some are independent (the family Labrador).

So long as you have the time available, you should totally get a dog. There are breeds for all people (different temperaments, sizes and shedding degrees).

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#7 Posted by TwistedShade (3139 posts) -

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"][QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Seen a number of these, and they're heart-warming. May family lab would be like "F*ck you, i'm out", but my own dachshund would be heartbroken :(

RationalAtheist

The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.

My hound has attachment issues, since we are together for most of the time. When I go out and leave him, he whines constantly, then always does a sulking act by pinning his ears back and giving me hard-done-by looks when I get home.

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Boris, earlier today.

Dawwww he looks so much like my old rot weiler.:(

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#8 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

Yep, they certainly can be. I treat all my dogs exceptionally well, and make sure they are well looked after, and they are fantastic. Certain breeds are attention-hungry (my Dachshund) and some are independent (the family Labrador).

So long as you have the time available, you should totally get a dog. There are breeds for all people (different temperaments, sizes and shedding degrees).

lundy86_4
I'll probably get a border collie, because the border collie that my step-dad owns is one of the nicest dogs I've ever met.
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#9 Posted by 67gt500 (4627 posts) -
This is an example of when teaching your dog to 'stay' or 'heel' might not necessarily be in his best overall interests...
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#10 Posted by coolbeans90 (21305 posts) -

This made me sad. :(

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#11 Posted by comp_atkins (34300 posts) -
excuse me, i need to go hug my dog..
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#12 Posted by BranKetra (51726 posts) -

Link (sorry if old)

Easily the most heartwarming news article I've read this week; it almost made me tear up. What a lovely dog. :3

ghoklebutter
That dog's attachment to his master after the man's passing is quite peculiar.
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#13 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

[QUOTE="RationalAtheist"]

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"] The good thing is that most dogs are very loyal and loving. In fact, that's the main reason I want a dog.TwistedShade

My hound has attachment issues, since we are together for most of the time. When I go out and leave him, he whines constantly, then always does a sulking act by pinning his ears back and giving me hard-done-by looks when I get home.

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Boris, earlier today.

Dawwww he looks so much like my old rot weiler.:(

I've got a Rottie, they're great family dogs. I honestly don't know why people fear them so much. Anyway that's a great pic.

Sad story though.

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#14 Posted by lundy86_4 (48571 posts) -

[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Yep, they certainly can be. I treat all my dogs exceptionally well, and make sure they are well looked after, and they are fantastic. Certain breeds are attention-hungry (my Dachshund) and some are independent (the family Labrador).

So long as you have the time available, you should totally get a dog. There are breeds for all people (different temperaments, sizes and shedding degrees).

ghoklebutter

I'll probably get a border collie, because the border collie that my step-dad owns is one of the nicest dogs I've ever met.

Absolutely lovely dogs. I was always a big dog guy, until my ex got a mini-Dachshund named "Sushi"... Since then, I got my own named "Moca".

Border Collies are great dogs, i've known a number of people with them. I grew up in the UK before I emigrated, where many of my friends were from farming families.

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#15 Posted by lundy86_4 (48571 posts) -

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Boris, earlier today.

RationalAtheist

Awesome dog is awesome. I pity you for dealing with slobber. Our lab is bad enough :P

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#16 Posted by LJS9502_basic (161945 posts) -
Seems unlikely...
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#17 Posted by lundy86_4 (48571 posts) -

Seems unlikely...LJS9502_basic

Why?

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#18 Posted by villa4europe (7081 posts) -

a poor mans greyfriars bobby

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#19 Posted by LJS9502_basic (161945 posts) -

[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Seems unlikely...lundy86_4

Why?

Because animals really don't have long memories...
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#20 Posted by rocinante_ (1772 posts) -

awesome. let's see cats do that. dogs>cats :P

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#21 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

Reminds me of...

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#22 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Seems unlikely...LJS9502_basic

Why?

Because animals really don't have long memories...

Perhaps the master's scent played a role, and then the dog just remembered where the scent came from. Maybe I'm assuming too much, though.
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#23 Posted by villa4europe (7081 posts) -

[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"][QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

Why?

ghoklebutter

Because animals really don't have long memories...

Perhaps the master's scent played a role, and then the dog just remembered where the scent came from. Maybe I'm assuming too much, though.

like i said, the original famous dog hanging round the grave story, greyfriars bobby, 14 years, theres statues and alsorts round edinburgh

come back when you've got an actual story argies...

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#24 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

awesome. let's see cats do that. dogs>cats :P

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As a former owner of three cats, I can safely say that, while cats can be cruel and selfish, they can also be absolutely wonderful creatures. For instance, my oldest cat once saved my brother from being bitten by a spider. And the same cat also used to bring in dead birds as gifts - of course, those so-called gifts were disgusting, but it was still heartwarming. Cats do that when they want to either "teach" others to hunt or reward them.
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#25 Posted by GamingVengeance (1874 posts) -
this is why dogs>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>cats
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#26 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

having dogs should be mandatory.

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#27 Posted by xWoW_Rougex (2793 posts) -

Incoming rant but there's not much more to say to this topic anyway. Slightly... off-topic:

I remember a thread on Gamespot which basically said: If you had rescue either a complete stranger or your dog, which one would you rescue?

This is why I get so frustrated. Because so many in that thread claimed to own a dog yet they didn't hesitate at all to rescue the stranger instead. A pet, and especially a dog, *should* (because as I just mentioned, most don't give a **** about them) be like a family member. The article is yet another example of how wonderful dogs are and I believe there was not too long ago, some article how a dog rescued a child or so from a burning house yeah? Look how loving and loyal these are, yet most dog owners wouldn't hesitate a second to just throw them away or take their life for all kind of petty, selfish, greedy reasons.

For some reason, many claim these animals hold little value, like mere objects, just because they can't reason properly or because they can't calculate squareroots and what not. This is the case for all animals, another thing that springs to mind is a magazine, a sender asked the magazine what they should do with their troublesome cat. Apparently, the family had a kitten, that wouldn't stop biting them and they considered whether they should put the kitten down or not, messed up really. But to me, those people are inferior in my eyes. :evil:

So quick to start thinking about putting it down, there's crap loads of explanations and solutions but while human tend to go out of their way to find reasons for human to live ("sure he killed 90~ people but he might be rehabilitated if he gets to stay in a hotel room omg he must liveeeeee") but it's the opposite for animals, as soon as things don't go their way, they just start to look for reasons to put the little sucker down. ("omg, a kitten is playing with me, should he die?")


So to bump this old topic: I'd rescue the dog because it's a loved family member that really appreciates me and there is no way I could be cold enough to stab that loyal little guy in the back only to rescue a total stranger which most likely would respond "money" to the question "would you rescue a stranger or receive billions of money". I don't see how a total stranger could possibly hold more value than a loved family member.

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#28 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -

Incoming rant but there's not much more to say to this topic anyway. Slightly... off-topic:

I remember a thread on Gamespot which basically said: If you had rescue either a complete stranger or your dog, which one would you rescue?

This is why I get so frustrated. Because so many in that thread claimed to own a dog yet they didn't hesitate at all to rescue the stranger instead. A pet, and especially a dog, *should* (because as I just mentioned, most don't give a **** about them) be like a family member. The article is yet another example of how wonderful dogs are and I believe there was not too long ago, some article how a dog rescued a child or so from a burning house yeah? Look how loving and loyal these are, yet most dog owners wouldn't hesitate a second to just throw them away or take their life for all kind of petty, selfish, greedy reasons.

For some reason, many claim these animals hold little value, like mere objects, just because they can't reason properly or because they can't calculate squareroots and what not. This is the case for all animals, another thing that springs to mind is a magazine, a sender asked the magazine what they should do with their troublesome cat. Apparently, the family had a kitten, that wouldn't stop biting them and they considered whether they should put the kitten down or not, messed up really. But to me, those people are inferior in my eyes. :evil:

So quick to start thinking about putting it down, there's crap loads of explanations and solutions but while human tend to go out of their way to find reasons for human to live ("sure he killed 90~ people but he might be rehabilitated if he gets to stay in a hotel room omg he must liveeeeee") but it's the opposite for animals, as soon as things don't go their way, they just start to look for reasons to put the little sucker down. ("omg, a kitten is playing with me, should he die?")


So to bump this old topic: I'd rescue the dog because it's a loved family member that really appreciates me and there is no way I could be cold enough to stab that loyal little guy in the back only to rescue a total stranger which most likely would respond "money" to the question "would you rescue a stranger or receive billions of money". I don't see how a total stranger could possibly hold more value than a loved family member.

xWoW_Rougex

Very good point. When you really think about it, the tendency to favor a human life over an animal life in this situation is just arbitrary. I've always thought the same thing regarding my cats; it never made sense for me to only care about getting my human family members out of, say, a burning house. Anthropocentrism is silly.

I think the main reason behind this absurd judgment is that most people actually don't care about their pets as much as they claim to. Or maybe they just care about their pets for purely selfish reasons.

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#29 Posted by undergroundLPx (710 posts) -

Wow, beautiful story. I love animals but dogs have a special place in my heart. Very moving story.

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#30 Posted by CreasianDevaili (4364 posts) -
[QUOTE="xWoW_Rougex"]

Incoming rant but there's not much more to say to this topic anyway. Slightly... off-topic:

I remember a thread on Gamespot which basically said: If you had rescue either a complete stranger or your dog, which one would you rescue?

This is why I get so frustrated. Because so many in that thread claimed to own a dog yet they didn't hesitate at all to rescue the stranger instead. A pet, and especially a dog, *should* (because as I just mentioned, most don't give a **** about them) be like a family member. The article is yet another example of how wonderful dogs are and I believe there was not too long ago, some article how a dog rescued a child or so from a burning house yeah? Look how loving and loyal these are, yet most dog owners wouldn't hesitate a second to just throw them away or take their life for all kind of petty, selfish, greedy reasons.

For some reason, many claim these animals hold little value, like mere objects, just because they can't reason properly or because they can't calculate squareroots and what not. This is the case for all animals, another thing that springs to mind is a magazine, a sender asked the magazine what they should do with their troublesome cat. Apparently, the family had a kitten, that wouldn't stop biting them and they considered whether they should put the kitten down or not, messed up really. But to me, those people are inferior in my eyes. :evil:

So quick to start thinking about putting it down, there's crap loads of explanations and solutions but while human tend to go out of their way to find reasons for human to live ("sure he killed 90~ people but he might be rehabilitated if he gets to stay in a hotel room omg he must liveeeeee") but it's the opposite for animals, as soon as things don't go their way, they just start to look for reasons to put the little sucker down. ("omg, a kitten is playing with me, should he die?")


So to bump this old topic: I'd rescue the dog because it's a loved family member that really appreciates me and there is no way I could be cold enough to stab that loyal little guy in the back only to rescue a total stranger which most likely would respond "money" to the question "would you rescue a stranger or receive billions of money". I don't see how a total stranger could possibly hold more value than a loved family member.

What a strange affliction you seem to have. Luckly your dog wouldn't be able to communicate with you on how disappointed it is in you for letting the other person fall to their death. I guess that is why some love their pets so much. That whole love is never questioned. Easy to satisfy. Easy to treat well. Easy to live with.

However I'd say that the human is more potentially more important. But pff. We all make selfish decisions that help ourselves the most.
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#31 Posted by AtlanticRock (8131 posts) -

this is why cats>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>dogsGamingVengeance

Fixed.

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#32 Posted by tagyhag (15874 posts) -

[QUOTE="ghoklebutter"][QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"] Because animals really don't have long memories...villa4europe

Perhaps the master's scent played a role, and then the dog just remembered where the scent came from. Maybe I'm assuming too much, though.

like i said, the original famous dog hanging round the grave story, greyfriars bobby, 14 years, theres statues and alsorts round edinburgh

come back when you've got an actual story argies...

Bobby was a publicity stunt to bring in tourists, the people in Edinburgh of course refused to acknolewdge that since the city wanted to be known for at least SOMETHING. :P

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#33 Posted by xWoW_Rougex (2793 posts) -

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CreasianDevaili

letting the other person fall to their death..

I can either pick between a loved family member that I know ,although more naive and not as intelligent as a human being, is a good, happy, loyal and loving being. Or I could pick the stranger, and let's face it, most human are ignorant, hateful, greedy and selfish and this proof is all around us, including me and you as well. Just take a look at System Wars or the middle east or pretty much any place. This is why I like animals, no backstabbing or dirty schemes or hidden agendas, they're more simple and I like that.

Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

Basically here's how it goes:
Either I can save the dog and the person will die, in that case, I'll never know what kind of person it was but most likely some kind of family would be sad.
Or...
I can save the human, and the human might turn out to be a complete tool (or not) and guess what? Me and my family will be mourning instead.

Again:
Dog : me + family = happy, some family will *probably* be sad.
Human: Me and my family would be sad, other family will be happy.

So once again:
Dog: one family will be happy, guaranteed good being saved
Human: one family will be sad, possibly bad person saved.

Clear choice to me.

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#34 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

xWoW_Rougex

Why would you assume that he's a douchebag? Would you rather save someone that would likely die in a few years, or someone who has a lot of years in front of them? Because dogs don't live as long as humans do...

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#35 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

If I decided to save my pet instead of a human being, I wouldn't be happy about it... I would be extremely ashamed of myself...

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#36 Posted by xWoW_Rougex (2793 posts) -

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Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

bloodling

Why would you assume that he's a douchebag?

Would you rather save someone that would likely die in a few years, or someone who has a lot of years in front of them? Because dogs don't live as long as humans do...

Oh, that statement wasn't specifically refering to this whole "complete stranger" thing. I was just adding another kind of a follow up question, assuming it wasn't a stranger, and it actually was a total douchebag, you'd still save the douchebag anyway?

As for the age question, it's a pretty good point actually but I still stand by what I said in my last post, no matter the age of those involved. (about the whole guarnateed good dog and loved family member vs saving a stranger).

Anyway all of that was just about a fictional story anyway but the point is that I think that humans are sometimes valued too high while animals too low, wish it would be equal'd out a bit.

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#37 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

Oh, that statement wasn't specifically refering to this whole "complete stranger" thing. I was just adding another kind of a follow up question, assuming it wasn't a stranger, and it actually was a total douchebag, you'd still save the douchebag anyway?

xWoW_Rougex

If I considered that person a douchebag, I would still save them, no question about it.

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#38 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

Anyway all of that was just about a fictional story anyway but the point is that I think that humans are sometimes valued too high while animals too low, wish it would be equal'd out a bit.

xWoW_Rougex

I value animal life very highly, but I value human life even more.

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#39 Posted by Pittfan666 (8638 posts) -
So where does it release it's bowels when it has to "go"? I bet the guy beside him likes being the fire hydrant.
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#40 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (35516 posts) -

So where does it release it's bowels when it has to "go"? I bet the guy beside him likes being the fire hydrant.Pittfan666

Maybe there's a grave of a mailman nearby?

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#41 Posted by PiscesChick93 (10724 posts) -

Reminds me of...

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This.

Touching!

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#42 Posted by istreakforfood (7781 posts) -
Heart warming story which I had similar experience. It's true when they say dog is man's best friend.
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#43 Posted by kingkong0124 (8329 posts) -

Beautiful

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#44 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10701 posts) -

[QUOTE="xWoW_Rougex"]

Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

bloodling

Why would you assume that he's a douchebag? Would you rather save someone that would likely die in a few years, or someone who has a lot of years in front of them? Because dogs don't live as long as humans do...

by that logic saving a random crow is also prior to saving stephen hawking.because the crow is most likely going to live longer.

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#45 Posted by bloodling (5822 posts) -

[QUOTE="bloodling"]

[QUOTE="xWoW_Rougex"]

Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

VaguelyTagged

Why would you assume that he's a douchebag? Would you rather save someone that would likely die in a few years, or someone who has a lot of years in front of them? Because dogs don't live as long as humans do...

by that logic saving a random a random crow is also prior to saving stephen hawking.because the crow is most likely going to live longer.

There's obviously more to it than that. I went on to say that I consider human life to be more valuable than an animal's life in a later post.

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#46 Posted by Riverwolf007 (26023 posts) -

i think hachi is on netflix now.

it's the story of the akita Hachikothat waited at the train station for 9 years for his masters return.

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his memorial.

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dogs are wonderful animals.

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#47 Posted by Zensword (4506 posts) -
He's a beautful dog.
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#48 Posted by lo_Pine (4978 posts) -
Let's hook it up at use it as bait for sharks like the Frenchman were doing.
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#49 Posted by nunovlopes (2638 posts) -

[QUOTE="lundy86_4"]

[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Seems unlikely...LJS9502_basic

Why?

Because animals really don't have long memories...

Maybe we know less about animals than we, with our usual superiority stance, believe.

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#50 Posted by r-teest (949 posts) -

[QUOTE="CreasianDevaili"][QUOTE="xWoW_Rougex"]

xWoW_Rougex

letting the other person fall to their death..

I can either pick between a loved family member that I know ,although more naive and not as intelligent as a human being, is a good, happy, loyal and loving being. Or I could pick the stranger, and let's face it, most human are ignorant, hateful, greedy and selfish and this proof is all around us, including me and you as well. Just take a look at System Wars or the middle east or pretty much any place. This is why I like animals, no backstabbing or dirty schemes or hidden agendas, they're more simple and I like that.

Can you tell me why I should prioritize the human? Just because it's a human, because we're the same race? You'd save a complete douchebag instead? Why?

Basically here's how it goes:
Either I can save the dog and the person will die, in that case, I'll never know what kind of person it was but most likely some kind of family would be sad.
Or...
I can save the human, and the human might turn out to be a complete tool (or not) and guess what? Me and my family will be mourning instead.

Again:
Dog : me + family = happy, some family will *probably* be sad.
Human: Me and my family would be sad, other family will be happy.

So once again:
Dog: one family will be happy, guaranteed good being saved
Human: one family will be sad, possibly bad person saved.

Clear choice to me.

What if it was a little child?