Meet Arthur The Dog, MgoAnimal Lovers (Edit: STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING)

Submitted by LongLiveBo on November 9th, 2017 at 9:12 PM

I saw this story on ESPN tonight and after thinking about it I decided it's board worthy simply because it's an inspiring, emotional and ultimately happy story.  That being said, get ready to fall in love with a dog, have a renewed sense of how cruel and kind people can be and have your dusty room posts locked and loaded.  I am going to try to embed the video but it can a bit wonky on this site so if I can't get it to embed I encourage you click on the link and watch the video.  

 

P.S. I love animals. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi37_GYRYCs

 

 

 

 

Comments

mgobleu

November 9th, 2017 at 9:21 PM ^

Nope. Can't do it. I can watch sob stories about little kids and people and junk like that all day long but I CAN. NOT. ABIDE. Sad dog stories.

Dogs should never have been made to die. They should just float up to heaven on their little doggie beds when God calls them up for walkies.

WeimyWoodson

November 9th, 2017 at 9:38 PM ^

Mine is for my sure best friend, my wife says sometimes its not by choice.  Its messed up to say since I'm 31 and she (my dog, not wife) is 4, but I hope that I go before she does because I'm not emotionally strong enough to not have her around.

I mean look at that face in my avatar, plus she's named Woodson.  How can you not love the shit out of her!

WeimyWoodson

November 10th, 2017 at 7:55 AM ^

This 100% weim but has the recessive “blue” gene, which just makes her fit in even more living in Columbus. It’s awesome to talk to Buckeye fans when they meet her. Every response has been “just can’t hate a dog that cute even knowing she’s a wolverine!”

Inman

November 9th, 2017 at 9:40 PM ^

This is so awesome. I love my dog and I love all dogs. I have given up doing so many things to not leave my dog alone many times and I don't regret any of it.

fksljj

November 9th, 2017 at 10:05 PM ^

Arthur was like "I need to get the fuck outta Equador!" Good ending for him but sad to think of the millions of others who are stuck there. Not just there but places like China, Japan, India etc. where dogs are not respected.

mtzlblk

November 10th, 2017 at 12:55 PM ^

But you are absolutely right. I traveled throughout Central and South America with a backpack for almost two and a half years straight and stray dogs are everywhere and they are all in as bad or worse shape than Arthur was and people treat them horribly. The guy in the story was absolutely right when he said that nobody is going to be kind to this dog. When he dropped him some food, that is probably the first time a human being had been kind to that dog in its entire life. Many cities and villages have a long-standing policy on certain nights of putting out poison meat to purge the dogs and everybody that has a pet dog or cat has to be sure to keep them inside for a few days. Really awful.

So very much the same thing in travels throughout Vietnam, China and Korea.

<<<That avatar you see there is a rescue dog and quite possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made. I put my son through six months of research and promising to take care of him before allowing him to have a dog and then we started going online and looking at different dogs available for adoption. I was focused on a more sedate breed at around 2 years old and house trained already. When we went to the first adoption event I made him promise not to ask for a dog that day because it was just a dry run and we weren't really prepared to just take one home right then. I very much wanted to get a dog, but I was definitely going to use it to teach some responsibility to my then 8 year old son as part of the bargain. While I was off looking at a sort of quiet mellow dog, my son picks up and starts playing with a three-year-old Wild Child of a puppy that was running around like a Tasmanian devil and right there in about 10 minutes they bonded. When it was time to leave he was practically in tears because he didn't want to break his promise but he really wanted that dog..... I took one look at him and thought "that's the one". I guess the lesson I taught him was to do all your research and take your time, and then throw that all out the window and go with your heart. The dog is named Onyx, and is half border collie and half Belgian shepherd and honestly is the absolute nicest and smartest and best dog I can possibly imagine. Crazy..sure, but only in the most fantastic ways.

I'm not just rambling, I just want to urge anyone who's thinking about getting a dog to go the rescue dog route. If you go to a reputable rescue dog operation they will match you with the perfect pup and you will be making a huge difference in that dog's life..... Not to mention they are very unlikely to be purebred and have all of the genetic problems that are inherent with that. So many dogs need a good home and ninety-nine times out of 100 getting a purebred dog is mostly about vanity. Rescue. Do it.

mishler3

November 10th, 2017 at 4:33 PM ^

Our two rescue dogs, Abbie and Kayla, mean the world to my wife and I. One was refused from a puppy mill (no litters and no social skills), the other had been in the Humane Society for about a year and is the kindest dog.

I saw the story a few months ago and my eyes welled up at the end. Arthur will make sure his family is protected and well loved.

Please go to your local Humane Society or high-kill shelter and save a life. And by all means, have your pet spade or neutered (Bob Barker voice).

Charmandar

November 10th, 2017 at 11:31 PM ^

Agreed. I remember back January when I made post asking for suggestions for my future adoption. My wife and I did our research. We were looking at either rescuing a siberian husky or a german shepherd. We were going back forth with a rescue that had german shepherd puppies. We ended up going to their adoption event but there was line wrapped around the store to see the pups. It looked pretty hopeless, so we hopped on the Humane Society for Huron Valley website. They had a beagle puppy (another breed we were interested in) and a husky mix. The husky was shyest dog we have ever met. He was abandoned twice, so he had trust issues. It took a good 30 minutes before he would take a treat from my hand. However, we both fell in love with him. It has been 10 months since I adopted Blue. He is the sweetest, most loyal dog i have ever had. He still doesn't anyone except my wife and I and the lady that works the doggy day care he goes to when we have to work late. 

Sopwith

November 10th, 2017 at 1:01 AM ^

because I do not have the wiring to calmly handle stories of animal cruelty/suffering generally and dogs on top of all. When people go out of their way to help a suffering animal, damn if I won't pretty much forgive every other thing I would normally use as a reason not to like them.

You learn a lot, a LOT, about a country and a culture by how they treat animals, and the sad fact is, being an animal, particularly a street dog, is a painful and horrible thing to be in most places. I am straight up Libby Liberalton on almost everything, but I am straight fuck-the-world cultural superiority on this: cultures that are kind to dogs are inevitably a better place for humans. It's as good a metric as there is. Yes, poor countries have a lot of things to worry about. But it costs nothing to show some mercy. Slowly, slowly the factory farm industry in the West is coming around thanks to consumer pressure. The developing world... christ, man, there are still dogmeat festivals where they [NOT EVEN GOING TO TYPE IT] before they kill the dogs. 

Great story, man, thanks for the link. 

 

 

LSAClassOf2000

November 10th, 2017 at 8:15 AM ^

Admittedly, I skipped this going through the listings initially last night but then went back and watched the story later before I went to bed and.....I was transfixed. That was a great piece and it was great that it had a happy ending and the dog ended up at home in Sweden with one of the team members. 

Surferrosy

November 10th, 2017 at 8:41 AM ^

that I don't wear makeup anymore. Even though this has an advertised happy ending, the minute that music started, I was already done. I don't give AF how much people neg you for this being OT or too sappy or whatever TF. Compassion is the ultimate human capacity to be something more than just assholes that are ruining the earth.

 

CraigB

November 10th, 2017 at 9:12 AM ^

Should not have watched this at work. Luckily, no one came in my office. Dog stuff, happy or sad, gets me every damn time.

Obligatory dog pic:

HL2VCTRS

November 10th, 2017 at 9:38 AM ^

Choosing not to watch it at work. Both because I work in a glass office without any obvious onions around to blame, and because my dogs are at home and will be too far away to hug after. I’m so unmanly when animals (especially dogs) are involved.