This amazing video was captured in Chile and has been making the rounds on the internet. I’ve watched in numerous times and still cringe. Talk about determination and loyalty.

One dog is hit by a car and the other is determined to rescue the injured dog. Initial reports that I came across did say that both dogs did survive* (see update below).  The sad thing is that during the whole time the dog is dragging and pulling its injured companion, cars continued to fly by, not giving one moments care.  No one stopped, no one helped or did anything.

The translation of the announcer is as follows:

“These images seen from the surveillance cameras show a very common situation with our overpopulated highways. It is normal for us to see dogs run over. In the video, we can see this dog fighting for his life because he was run over by the vehicle.

“What is very touching is to see the very heroic actions of this other dog who is trying to pull him to the side of the highway. We are going to keep seeing things like this until we find a solution to the dogs living on the streets.”

Yet another lesson that humans can learn from dogs… love, loyalty, determination, sacrifice… none of these qualities were shown by anyone driving along that busy highway.

UPDATE – depending on the news source you read, either both dogs survived or the injured dog was dead and the rescuer dog ran away.  I am seeing more and more reports of the latter scenario sadly.  It does seem that the dog who so valiently risked its own life to try to save its companion is no where to be found although after the video was made public, hundreds of people offered a home.

UPDATE 12/9/08

Picked up some information on the story from the AP (Associated Press).

It seems this video was taken on March 23 by a traffic survellience camera.  By the time police and highway workers arrived the injured dog had died and the rescuer dog eluded capture.  Workers did search for the dog without luck and have since given up any hope and efforts at finding it.

So a doubly sad ending for this determined hero and his injured companion.

But as sad as this is, it still doesn’t change the lessons we can learn…

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