If there’s one major way I’ve seen our culture change since I was a kid, it’s that the fiction I grew up on consisted of far less procedural crime dramas filled with beheadings and dismemberments, and many more stories about saving animals. people. Old Yeller fights a bear to save his human best friend. Mowgli being protected from Shere Kahn by Baloo. Lassie ran to the sheriff’s house so many times to warn him that Timmy was in danger, I think he actually learned to bark “The kid fell down fucking good again” in English. My favorite book was “My Side of the Mountain”, about a child living in the wilderness with no one but the falcon he rescued and trained to hunt. Superman didn’t need anyone’s help, but Krypto the Superdog has saved his invulnerable ass more times than the rest of the Justice League put together. There was a show about a family with a pet dolphin named Flipper and another about a family with a pet bear named Gentle Ben. And I don’t remember an episode, but I think they were still saving someone from an attack by a shark, electric eel, puma, or communist, respectively.
The point is, in simpler times (with far fewer options for our attention) our primary form of entertainment was heroic animal fiction. But somewhere along the way, we traded those iconic American heroes for emotional support animals on planes and tiny rat-sized dogs you carry around the office in your purse. This is the direction our culture has been heading for decades and the trend doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Thank goodness (thank you Dog?) That the non-fictional version of these beloved creatures is still a part of real life. Meet Tinsley the Shepherd Shiloh and behold his incredible but true story.
WCVB – The New Hampshire State Police Department said on Tuesday that one of its soldiers responded to a report of a dog at large on Monday around 10 p.m. … on I-89 North and when they were Approached the dog, he continued to run north on the freeway and crossed into Hartford, Vermont.
Shortly after, police noticed a damaged section of the railing near the junction of Interstate 91 and Interstate 89, then found a badly damaged pickup truck that had overturned.
“They could tell the dog was trying to show them something because she was trying to get away from them but not completely running away,” said New Hampshire State Police Lt. Daniel Baldassarre. . “It was kind of ‘Follow me. Follow me.’ And they did and, to their surprise, seeing the damaged railing and looking where the dog is looking, they were almost in disbelief. “
Police then found two people who had been thrown from the truck and were seriously injured and hypothermic as a result of the crash. The soldier and officers then quickly called for medical assistance. …
Tinsley’s owner Cam Laundry… said he would spoil Tinsley with a venison burger for dinner Tuesday night, followed by a few scratches on his back.
First off, a venison burger award is the most New Hampshire-Vermont border thing I’ve ever heard. Second, Cam Laundry better give him all the scratches in the world. But really, if I know dogs a bit, for Tinsley, saving two lives is its own reward. I don’t really understand what evolutionary process took place between the early nomadic hunter-gatherer peoples and wild canids to form this bond, but it’s very, very real. Organic at this stage. Instinctive. It is in the DNA of the two species to take care of each other.
So much so that an animal which (citing “Pulp Fiction” now), does not have the good sense to ignore its own excrement, understands that in a moment of grave danger, going out on the road and alerting other humans will summon the humans who have the vehicles with the flashing lights on top and they will do what needs to be done. A hero who finds other heroes. And two people are alive today because of it. I would suggest this would make great news or an episode of a TV show, but I’m afraid the ship has sailed. Instead, let’s just use it for what it is: very, very positive news. And we don’t have as many as before. Who’s a good girl, Tinsley? You are.