Louis couldn't let his neighbor remain trapped
Dogs have been bred throughout the ages to do certain jobs. Thanks to impeccable instincts, these breeds are so proficient in their jobs that many need little training to begin working! Take, for example, sheepdogs. They have been bred for centuries to herd and track animals on farms, and their skills don’t stop if they’re not circling cows and sheep. Despite never being trained, New Zealand author Marolyn Diver-Dudfield’s sheepdog was bred for exactly these reasons and used them when it counted most! The elderly pooch became a hero one afternoon totally unbeknownst to the family.
Marolyn Diver is an author of New Zealand history, but she may be getting into the children’s literature market since she’s got such a great true story to tell about the heroic actions of her family pet. She went to visit her parents who owned 12-year-old Louis. They rescued Louis from a shelter when he was just a pup, and he was accustomed to sneaking off for adventures in the rural area in which the family lived. Because of his advanced age, he wasn’t wandering as much anymore… but that didn’t stop him from coming through when the community needed it most.
Louis is gone
One day, when Marolyn came by for a visit, Louis had disappeared. Marolyn told The Dodo, “My mother was a little grumpy as she had thought he had stopped his wandering, We worried he might forget where his home was.” After hours of his absence, he finally appeared walking up the driveway. “He was gone for just one afternoon, and he came walking back home. He looked so exhausted and he basically just collapsed,” she continued.
They also noticed the the dog had a piece of cardboard around his neck with some writing on it. “We were concerned someone might have hurt him. But after reading the note I felt complete and utter relief, then my heart melted,” Marolyn explained.
The note read:
“Louis is the hero of the day. He led me to Maddy in distress stuck under a branch pile. Cheers, Rob.”
Maddy is a dog that belongs to a nearby farmer named Rob. His property is located about a mile away from Marolyn’s parents’ house.
Rob came home and noticed that his own pooch, Maddy, was missing. However, Louis was there. He felt like Louis was trying to lead him somewhere. “Rob said he was 100% sure that Louis knew what he was doing, and getting Rob to Maddy was his one pure focus,” Marolyn explained. Maddy had gotten herself stuck under a pile of wood. Louis heard her cries for help, and waited for rob to come home to lead him to her.
Marolyn continued the tale:
“Once he found her, Louis helped Rob dig her out, pulling at branches, digging out the ground. Rob said the second she was free both dogs ran to a nearby pond and jumped into it exhausted and drinking water. He then gave Louis a huge handful of dog biscuits as a thank you. He knew Louis might get in trouble for being late home, so he thought he would write a small note to explain his absence.”