By Ana Sáez Ramirez
Some stories published in the press show what a faithful friend a dog can be, especially in extreme situations. One of these fascinating stories is told by a 61-year-old diabetic woman who owes her life to Fibi, a mixed-breed dog who caught the attention of her neighbors when her owner lay on the ground unable to get up.
The second hero was a dog who saved the life of a woman, whom, however, he did not know at all, and it happened when a man who was walking with his dog was surprised that the animal suddenly changed direction, and this because through from his sixth sense he had smelled a rugged woman. Undoubtedly, his life could have been in danger if the dog had not sounded the alarm.
But these examples are not isolated cases, on the contrary, there are many that demonstrate how dedicated and helpful dogs can be, and how they help people in need. For example, in the Philippines, a pit bull helped two women who were attacked by a cobra.
The animal came between them and was bitten by the snake, which caused its death.
In Kasachistan a drunk man lay down on the train tracks, but his dog took him out, although unfortunately he was run over by the train and died.
And in Hanover a young Labrador saved a boy from the ice, the boy had sunk into an icy canal, and the dog, despite his youth, pulled his sleeve out of the icy water.
Any help that had come later would have been useless.
There are thousands of examples of human beings rescued by dogs: in avalanches of snow, fires, earthquakes and catastrophes of all kinds, endless fascinating but impossible stories to collect.
Which goes to show that this animal has a finer perception of its environment than we human beings, and that in certain circumstances they are even willing to risk their lives.
This is something that is little thought about, perhaps because wrapped in our severe egocentricity, we believe that dogs, like other living beings, are only to serve us people. But if a human being had such a behavior, it would be said that he is a brave, noble, generous, and altruistic person, that is, characteristics that science denies to animals, because it is believed that in nature there is no altruism, that is, acting without seeking personal benefit, reserving high values only for human beings.
So, could it be said that humans can trust dogs? The answer is yes. And not only in extreme relief situations, but also in daily life.
In fact, anyone who has had a dog as a friend knows how close and trusting they are, and how their fidelity is beyond doubt, and this both in our joys and in our sorrows, behaviors and qualities that unfortunately can hardly be applied to dogs. human beings.