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When Rescue Dogs Rock NYC took in a severely diseased Border Collie named Simon, they didn’t know if he would make it.
He was in unbearable pain due to progressed mange, while the fever from his infections caused him to shake uncontrollably. The shelter suspected he was a victim of blatant abuse and neglect.
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After some days of uncertainty, Simon surprised everyone in the hospital by defeating death. He was still in pain, but he was cheerful as his health was on the mend.
But his soul shivered in horror again when he saw the shelter’s new rescue, a 4-month-old Boxer mix named Sammie.
Sammie’s owner had spray-painted him, shot him in the head, and then dragged him by a car to kill him.
But when the poor thing “wouldn’t die quickly”, the owner brought him to the vet to “finish the job”.
The shelter soon got wind of the situation and rescued Sammie from the evil clutches of his owner.
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Sammie received emergency surgery, but he was still on the brink of death. When Simon saw Sammie, he immediately knew the dog had been through hell, just like him. He took it upon himself to be the light that guided Sammie back to life!
As Sammie writhed in pain on the X-ray table, Simon walked up to him and grabbed his paws with love.
With nuzzles and licks, he comforted him and assured him that the pain would go away bit by bit. This simple act of empathy was enough to motivate Sammie to find the will to survive!
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Over the weeks, Simon religiously stood by Sammie’s side and helped him through his dark days. Both Simon and Sammie eventually healed well, although they are going to remain scarred for life.
This abused duo forged a beautiful friendship despite all the abuse they have been through – and it’s nothing less than a miracle!
Click the video below to watch how Simon and Sammie’s healing friendship helped them sail through tough times.
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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!