Are dogs more humane than us?

21 Jan

In the news recently there have been stories about parents killing their own children, an American woman who let her ten-year old son get a tattoo, a nurse in Japan who enjoyed torturing her patients, a ship’s captain in Italy who abandoned the ship he crashed while his passengers were stranded on board to die, and other terrible stories about people mistreating other people who they were supposed to help and protect.

Of course, there are stories about people who act honorably too. The Italian Coast Guard officer who berated the aforementioned captain is one recent example.

But there were another two stories in the news recently too.
A dog in Australia and another one in Korea risked their own lives to save their respective families.

In Australia, a family with two daughters aged two and seven had a pet dog that loved the children.
One day last week, the two girls were in their backyard with the dog playing…but there was a very deadly Brown Snake there too!

The highly venomous Australian Brown Snake

The girls didn’t notice the snake, but the snake noticed them and it wasn’t pleased by their presence.
Just as the snake coiled to attack the girls, the dog saw the snake and didn’t hesitate to protect the girls.
The dog jumped on the snake and killed it…but not before the snake bit the dog.
The dog was rushed to the veterinarian to receive anti-venom treatment and is expected to recover…and will be get a “hero’s welcome” when he returns to his home.

The puppy in Korea was hiking with his elderly owner in the cold Korean winter last week when the old man slipped and fell.
He was knocked unconscious and would have frozen to death by the time his family found him…by his dog laid on top of him and keep him alive with his own body heat.
The young dog nearly froze to death himself to save his owner.

These dogs acted more humanly than some humans do.

8 Responses to “Are dogs more humane than us?”

  1. gigihawaii January 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    What a wonderful post! Thank you so much for calling it to my attention in your comment. So, why do some cultures eat dogs? Dogs are pets, not to be eaten. I am not sure if I will taste dog when I go to China in September. Part of me is curious.


    • tokyo5 January 28, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      >why do some cultures eat dogs?

      What is food in one country is sometimes shocking to people in others.

      Dog is eaten in China and Korea…but cats and dogs are never eaten in Japan!
      But, on the other hand, people in some countries are shocked that whale meat and horse meat is eaten in Japan (although both are no longer as commonly eaten as they were in the past).


  2. Metal Odyssey January 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I hear ya’ buddy… sometimes the world news is downright depressing when it comes to cowards and villains. Dogs are so loyal to their owners! Whoa.

    My cat Toby thinks he’s a dog. He sniffs everything in sight, greets each visitor at the door of our house, greets me each time I return home and walks me to the door whenever I leave! He even will meow or make the strangest noises with his mouth to alert us anytime there is an animal in our yard! Whoa. I’ve always known, we “humans” can still learn an awful lot about ourselves and survival from dogs, cats and countless other animals we share the planet with. 🙂


    • tokyo5 January 27, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      Your cat sounds great! A real family member!

      >we “humans” can still learn an awful lot…from dogs, cats and countless other animals

      Yeah, I guess I should have titled this post: “Are animals more humane than us?


      • Metal Odyssey January 27, 2012 at 4:38 am #

        Aw heck, your post title is just fine. 😉

        Yes, Toby is a family member… he is “his own man” and is not a lap cat at all. Toby likes to be “free about the house” and still he is playful and friendly as we could ever wish for.


      • tokyo5 January 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

        Have you had Toby since he was a kitten?


      • Metal Odyssey January 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

        tokyo5 :
        Have you had Toby since he was a kitten?

        We adopted Toby when he was 2 years old. Now he is 4, with his B’day landing in October. He had lived in two other homes before us too and he needed a permanent family to live with, now he does. 🙂

        He was a few days from being put into a shelter before we rescued him! (Phew). Apparently “allergies” were the reason why Toby was let go by the other 2 families. I can understand that… there are countless people allergic to cats and/or dogs hair.


      • tokyo5 January 28, 2012 at 1:53 am #

        >there are countless people allergic to cats and/or dogs

        Yes, actually, my wife has a very strong 「猫アレルギー」 (cat allergy).


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