It was a quiet night, and Dorrie Nuttall was fast asleep. Her seven-year-old son was sleeping next to her hooked up to a machine, which was supposed to alert her if his glucose levels were too low. The alert never came. Not from the machine, anyway. Jedi, Luke’s adorable diabetes-sniffing dog, started jumping on and off the bed. Nuttall didn’t wake up, so Jedi took it up a notch.
Topher Brophy described himself as a self-absorbed narcissist. He played competitive sports obsessively to keep his mind off of his empty life. Then one day, Brophy hurt his back. Suddenly, he was forced to slow down and take a good hard look at his life.
Like many people in Uganda, Charles Watmon has difficulty living with the things he saw and did as a soldier. An unexpected friend now helps him shoulder the burden. That friend’s name is Ogen Rwot and she is a cute, friendly, caramel-colored dog. For a decade, Watmon fought on both sides of Uganda’s civil wars, first for the Lord’s Resistance Army, then for the Ugandan government. The experience was traumatic. To make matters worse, he learned that he was HIV positive toward the end of his time in the military, and soon lost his wife and his two children to AIDS. After the war ended, he suffered flashbacks and panic attacks. He even thought about suicide.
This past New Year’s Eve, a 64-year-old Michigan man took a fall that almost cost him his life. At 10:30 pm, Bob took a break from watching football on TV and stepped outside. He was going to get wood for the fire when he slipped on some icy steps. As he lay in the snow, without a jacket, he knew that he was in serious trouble. He had broken his neck and couldn’t move. Bob’s wife was visiting her parents, and he was all alone. He screamed for help, but his nearest neighbor was far away. No one heard him except for his loyal dog Kelsey.
In the early morning of December 26th, 2004, a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that sent giant waves to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Over 200,000 people lost their lives that day. It was a tragic day that no human could have predicted, yet there are countless stories of animals who did seem to anticipate the deadly disaster.
One evening, Linda Munkley’s dog Beau jumped on the sofa and began sniffing her chest. At first, Linda wasn’t bothered by her dog’s strange behavior, but he wouldn’t leave her alone.
Sigmund Freud once said, “Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies.” He praised their honesty and pure nature. Freud’s most famous dog, Jofi, would sit with him during therapy sessions. Originally Jofi was there because she helped Freud relax. But soon Freud noticed that Jofi’s presence would also lift the spirits of his patients.
In the 1920s, a circus clown and a scientist conducted a series of psychic experiments on telepathy. The results were intriguing. Vladimir Durov was Russia’s most famous animal trainer. He was also a popular circus clown who claimed he could communicate with dogs via “mental suggestion.”