A dog in the Kirigu Village in Nairobi, Kenya has taken on the role of foster mother to two children abandoned by their mother. The dog, named Oscar, even escorts the kids to and from school each day.
“When my 3 children and I moved in with my parents Chance was already 7 years old. He was accustomed to living with adults and older teens his entire dog-hood. When we first walked through the door with a noisy 4 year old in tow he looked leery and much like an old man seemed to be grumbling in his seat, “Kids!”
However, with children comes scraps! He soon cheered up and greeted my 3 children at every mealtime. Most likely sucking up for a taste of baby food (blech!) or a spoonful of ravioli. But he doesn’t mind their presence, their loud noises or high pitched voices. He puts up with it all very well.
On many occasions he follows us upstairs, most especially during thunderstorms. He figures no amount of noise the kids make can be as annoying or scary as thunder booming.
Today I had to make my crying 10 month old a bottle. I placed the 10 month old, sitting upright, onto the floor and my 2 year old sat next to him. Who should decide to sit next to the 2 children? The serious pointer mix himslf, Chance. He allowed them to pull his ears, touch his face, and climb his back without so much as a nip.
And I was super surprised how he has adapted to the little ones in the house. He reminds me very much of the old man in the rocking chair. At first he grumbles and then his heart grows for the love of little ones. And that’s where Chance is now. He’ll never play frisbee or catch a ball, for he was born with a very mature soul and is quite serious, but he won’t mind if the kids test the way his ears fold and bend.
The little ones seem to keep him going and amused.”
While we often refer to nanny dogs as heroic, hero dogs truly come in all sizes and packages!
“A 3-year-old chihuahua named Bell is an unexpected hero after finding three young girls who became lost for hours in the woods in Newnan, Georgia, on Monday.
CBS Atlanta reports that, on Monday, 8-year-old Carlie and 5-year-old Lacey Parga went for a walk with their dog Lucy down a cul-de-sac on trails near their neighborhood.
What started as a casual stroll became an unintended, and at times frightening, experience. As Carlie tells CBS, ‘”We tried to find our way out of the woods. We kept following paths and stuff and we got lost.” Indeed, they became scared that they were only to get more and more lost.
Carlie’s father, David Parga, noted that it wasn’t characteristic of them to wander off and, after searching for them but not hearing them respond, he contacted police and firefighters. Neighbors joined them including Carvin Young who thought to take Bell, who plays with the girls every day and knew their scent. Bell was able to lead searchers to the girls.
As Young tells CBS, “Bell sniffed them out. She smelled them, her tail went to wagging and she kept running and running until she got to them. She started jumping up on me and I knew we were close.”
“China’s motherly instincts kicked in when she heard the cries of an abandoned baby. The stray dog in Argentina is being credited for saving the life of a newborn what was abandoned by his 14-year-old mother. So often people think that we humans hold a monopoly on the virtues of loving and caring. But time and again we see that God has given that virtues to many of His creatures. God works His miracles through the most unlikely angels indeed!” Read more at http://jesus-loves-you.org/?p=2534#pzhH6eRlAAdlCFME.99