#10 Lao Pan’s Dog
We can make an entire movie on this story. It can’t get better. Lao Pan was an unmarried Chinese man who had a normal, unremarkable life. He had no wealth, no significant social status, and not many friends or family. What he did have though, was the love of a dog. Lao Pan and his dog developed an extremely close bond that would be put on display to the Chinese public in 2011. Lao Pan passed away at the age of 68, and was buried in his native village of Panjiatun. His dog stayed true to his master to the end and beyond, remaining at his gravesite without food and water for days. After villagers noticed that the dog refused to leave the gravesite – even after they attempted to coax him away with food – they began providing the dog with food and water at the gravesite, even building him a kennel.
#9 Greyfriars Bobby
This is another heart warming story of a dog’s faithfulness. Bobby was a dog in Edinburgh who spent 14 years by his old master’s grave, all the way up until his own death in 1872. Bobby got his full name from the name of the cemetery where he stood vigil, Greyfriars Kirk, which was in the Old Town section of Edinburgh. Word of Bobby’s exploits spread around town, and at the time of his death he was a local celebrity. A statue was erected to celebrate Bobby’s exploits, which still stands to this day at the spot where he stood guard.
In all likelihood, this is the best military dog ever. Hawkeye was a military dog who developed a powerful bond with his master, Jon Tomlinson. Tomlinson was an American Navy SEAL who was killed in action when his Chinook helicopter was shot down in 2011. Hawkeye became famous across the world when a picture of Tomlinson’s military funeral went viral. In the middle of the ceremony, Hawkeye walked up to the casket and collapsed with a sigh next to the body of his beloved master. The bond between master and dog went on display for the whole world to see, in all its heartbreaking glory. Fortunately Hawkeye was adopted by one of Tomlinson’s friends, so we know he’s in good hands today.
Another heart warming story. Another military dog, another emotional story. Theo was a military dog who was deployed in Afghanistan along with his partner and owner, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker. Tasker was a sniper in the British army while Theo was his bomb sniffing companion. When Tasker was killed in action in March 2011, Theo was distraught. Once Tasker’s body was collected and Theo was brought back to base, he suffered a seizure that proved fatal. Doctors attributed the sudden seizure to the stress of losing his owner. Both owner and dog set the record for most bombs found and disarmed during their deployment. Theo was posthumously awarded the Dickin Medal, which is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross in the British military.