Four-legged Loyalty

Loyalty, a strong sense of support and allegiance towards another, may be becoming a thing of the past.  I see it more and more, except where animals are concerned.

They show up for you, no matter what.

Read a tender tale about a dog refusing to leave a herd of goats, during the recent California wildfires, forcing his owners to flee without him.

Roland Hendel said he thought he’d never see Odin, a Great Pyrenees, ever again. He packed the car and escaped with his family as the ferocious wildfires were advancing on his home near Calistoga early last week.

Days later, he returned to his property, which had been decimated by the fire, fearing the worst.

“We found a burned, battered, and weakened Odin, surrounded by his eight goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety,” Hendel said.

He learned a powerful lesson, Hendel said…how important life is, from his dog no less, who wouldn’t leave his friends behind.

Are you weeping? Because I am.

Carmela, the Bassett Hound, during the onset and worst part of my hearing loss, was my best pal, never abandoning me, letting it be known, all was not lost.

Years ago, when I had Missy the cat, and nothing else but a mattress on the floor, she always waited by the door, sleeping alongside me, sitting with me whenever I cried.

It’s no wonder losing a pet is so heartbreaking, you’re saying good bye to that unconditional love they come with, along with their whiskers and tails.

Who knows, maybe loyalty is making a comeback, starting with Odin, the Great Pyrenees, who loyally, stayed with his pals.

One can hope.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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18 Responses to Four-legged Loyalty

  1. I heard about that back when it happened. Only a dog would be that loyal.


  2. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    So a true story with such feeling.

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  3. I wish more people had the loyalty of animals. That was quite a story.


  4. As freaky as my cat, Tamika, can be, I will say she is loyal. Each time I leave for more than a few minutes, she is almost always by the fridge, peeking around to see if it’s me who has come home. That means, by the way, she heard either me or my car, or smelled me outside and came to wait. I get upset with her at times, but try to remember that, for the most part, I am the only other living thing she ever sees. And, when I sit at my computer for hours, she will make several trips to the cushion-covered stool by my chair, to sit and lay and sleep near me, wanting to be petted, but mostly just being there.


  5. Wow, that is literal epic levels of heroism. Odin was apparently named well. Those are the kinds of stories that make me tear up too. Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. Ok, this one got the heartstrings. I really couldn’t imagine leaving my pet behind, but I understand how frightening these situations have been in CA and honestly who knows what we would do.
    You are right when you say loyalty is fading; she might be hanging out with Grace talking about the good old days.
    My heart is happy this story had a happy ending. Odin Rocks!

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    • What a story. They should give animals medals for valor. According to the story, they tried to get him to go but he wouldn’t. They then had no choice but to leave without him. Imagine the joy to see he came through. Thump Thump

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  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    I’m so glad that Odin made it. And the addition of a couple little deer – priceless! Another great story. I shared this with Pookie and he loved it too.
    Our Sam, a purebred mutt, can sense if one of us is sick or sad. He lays by us and won’t leave our side.


  8. Patricia says:

    Yep, tears threatened here. We can learn a lot from life forms that are considered by some to be lower in nature.

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  9. micklively says:

    Great indeed.

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