The knowledge that we as human beings will likely outlive our pets is one of the many reasons we should cherish them every single day.
Steve Greig knows all about that. When his dog, Wolfgang, passed away, Greig decided to honor his memory in the most touching way.
The Colorado accountant told The Huffington Post, “If when a pet dies you allow another one to live in their place, it is incredibly powerful. You have both honored your fallen pet’s life and given dignity to another that probably wouldn’t have had that opportunity.”
At the animal shelter, Greig wanted the oldest and least adoptable dog there. A 12-year-old Chihuahua with knee problems and a heart murmur left the shelter that day with grief-striken man. He didn’t stop there.
He opened his home and his heart to eight senior dogs, two cats, ducks, chickens, and a pot-bellied pig, and he’s still going. His Instagram account is exploding with love and followers, as you can imagine.
These days, his home in Denver is a potpourri of misfit animals who found their second chance and forever home. What an inspiration to adopt a senior pet or two!
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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.
While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.
These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.
When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.
This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.
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3) Skye Terrier
Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.
This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.
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This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.
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