Watchwoman: Below is another warm and wonderful story about our best friend, another dog, who was proclaimed a national hero, a German Shepherd named “Bear”. My Alexia (pictured above) is a German Shepherd and we love her like she is our grandbaby! Do you know what? We actually get charged more for our homeowner’s insurance in Ohio because we have a German Shepherd! Can you believe they are considered a dangerous dog? I’ve included this picture of Alexia and my son participating in their favorite pastime since this story is about a German Shepherd, I can’t leave out mine! Every evening, when I finish working on my Watchwoman on the Wall blog and sit down to watch a little TV, Alexia goes around my house, picks up any scrap papers, Kleenex or anything else that is on the floor that shouldn’t be there. She brings them to me one by one and I give her a little treat. We never taught her to do this. She just started it all on her own. We got her from an animal shelter when she was seven months old. We suspect that she might have been part of a training crew of dogs to be attached to a police K-9 unit because she is so smart. But she’s a small German Shepherd so that’s likely why she didn’t make it. She is the best dog I’ve ever owned. Everybody loves Alexia! Animals, especially dogs, are wonderful! So please be kind to all of them!
Here’s an interesting tidbit. It was William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) who in 1785, underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. He started the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Wilberforce was a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. He began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812). Wilberforce took on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed many causes and campaigns such as the Society for Suppression of Vice. Google Wilberforce at Wikipedia to read more about this Christian man. A movie was made about his life too and I’m sure you can get it at your local library on DVD. ▬ Donna Calvin
Bear the Hero Dog held by
owner Debbie Zeisler seems to be
grinning as he receives award.
by Rev. Austin Miles
One never really knows love until loving and being loved by a dog.
(Los Angeles, CA) A five year old dog named Bear was presented the 30th National Hero Dog Award by the L.A. Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Monday.
Quite a turnaround for the discarded Shiloh German Shepherd who three years ago was languishing in the Weatherford Animal Shelter in Millsap, Texas. The only German Shepherd in the shelter, he was kept in the back because nobody wanted him.
Debbie had battled almost daily seizures after being thrown from a horse 18 years ago. Even though Bear had never received service dog training, he tried to warn her of upcoming seizures three days after Zeisler brought him home. It was instinctive to Bear. After a couple of falls she began to heed his warnings. Bear will either stay close to her or go to fetch her medicine. whatever she seems to need, Zeisler said. Bear will even remind her to take her medicine every morning.
According to the ASPCA press release, in May of 2011, Bear tried to stop Zeisler from going outside, but she pushed past him. Almost immediately, she was hit with a seizure, fell down the front steps of her home and hit her head, knocking her unconscious.
Bear ran from house to house, barking and scratching frantically on the front doors, trying to find help. Bear was about a block away from home when an animal control officer from Parker County spotted him. (A case of Divine Intervention perhaps?)
Bear led the officer to Debbie who was lying in the hot sun, disoriented and confused. Paramedics were called and Bear rode with Debbie in the ambulance to the hospital.
The National Dog Hero Award was presented in a ceremony at Nokia Plaza in L.A this past Monday. Bear and his family received a gift basket and a year’s supply of pet food donated by Natural Balance Pet Foods, a sponsor of the award and a commemorative plaque from ASPCA L.A.
And that dog that nobody wanted, brought he and his owner, round trip air fare on Southwest Airlines, lodging in Los Angeles at the pet-friendly, Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel, and lots of love that dogs always bring.
Posted by Donna Calvin — Saturday, May 12, 2012
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