There is never an excuse to abandon an animal. While we understand every family faces individual challenges, we will never understand why a family would leave their pet behind.
A dog, named Joey, was abandoned in a cruel way. He was tied to a pole and left with a note. He was exposed to the elements and afraid of the people who kept approaching him.
He didn’t understand that the people coming towards him were trying to help, so he reacted fearfully. Who could blame him? No animal should ever be put in a position like this!
If the person couldn’t keep Joey, for whatever reason, they should have taken him to a shelter. Not tie him to a pole!
Eventually, Lisa Snyder came across Joey. She was NOT going to leave him there, no matter what happened. Snyder had fallen on hard times and was living out of her inoperable van.
She couldn’t provide for herself so she knew taking Joey in would be wrong. She called the authorities and the local shelter, but no one would come to pick up poor Joey.
The shelter suggested she bring him to them. So she did what she had to… in the cold rain! She walked for miles, in the middle of the night, with Joey, so he could get the help he needed.
Even with Snyder’s medical issues and lack of resources, she did what she felt she had to do to save Joey’s life.
Had she not walked through the rain and brought Joey to the shelter, who knows what would have happened to him! The story just gets better from there.
Rumble put in their video description: “Lisa set off on a three-mile walk to the animal shelter. Her various medical conditions made the walk painful and forced her walk to slow.
In the excitement, she had forgotten her jacket and her walking stick. What should have taken an hour, took all night in the rain and cold. By morning, she had made it safely to the shelter where Joey was turned in.”
Lisa’s actions easily saved Joey’s life. He would have suffered from hypothermia. He was starving. No one was willing to put themselves out there like Lisa was.
Whether he growled, responding to rational fears of people he didn’t know, Lisa didn’t care. She freed him and walked beside him all night long!
Thanks to the selfless woman, there is a wonderful ending to this sad story. Saving Joey was never optional for Lisa Snyder. She is a true animal hero!
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!