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Dog Rescues Lost Souls!

Updated on May 7, 2013

Home Boy!


Following "R"

This is a true story about a beloved dog named "R" who led my parents and I out of a woods that we had gotten lost in. We were camping on a large island on Georgian Bay called Beausli Island. This is a beautiful island covered in forest and rocks with many hiking trails through out it. One late afternoon my parents, "R" and myself decided to go for a walk in the woods. Our walk was so peaceful and calming we ended up walking further than we had planned; turning down various trails as we went taking in the natural beauty that surrounded us. My dad suggested that we start heading back to camp as it would be dark soon so we did just that.

Which Trail Did We Take?

All was well until we got to this fork in the trail where there was three separate trails branching off in different directions. The problem arose when we all chose different paths as being the one that would lead us back to our base camp. We were completed surrounded by trees and bush that blocked out most of the natural sunlight and it was starting to get dark and we were lost.

"R" Led the Way

Out of desperation I said to "R" "Home "R" Home!". He looked up at me like he understood what I was asking of him and then he suddenly started to head down one of the trails giving us a sense that he knew where he was going. My parents and I followed his lead without hesitation. My mum was lagging behind but "R" would stop every so often looking back at my mum; as he did so he would wait for her to get so close and then he would continue on.

"R" My Hero

Well amazingly "R" led us back to camp unscathed. He was our hero we were so thankful he was with us that day we got lost in the woods. My mum (who is not a real animal lover) had gained a special fondness for "R" our hero who had lead us out of harms way. This dog that had no special training in search and rescue went on his instincts and knew what was needed of him.

In Our Hearts Forever

He lead us down the right path when we needed help to find our way back to our temporary home. He has since passed away he has gone on to doggy heaven. But he will live on forever in the hearts of many my four-legged friend "R". I know I felt truly blessed to have known this particular special friend of mans.

Dedicated to the Memory of "R" Man's Best Friend


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    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much Suzie for your support on my hub it is most important to me I don't have a dog at this time but I have a Red Devil Cichlid that thinks he is some kind of waterdog. take care.

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and support of my hub.

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      Suzie ONeill 

      6 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      What an enjoyable hub! I love dogs and have know several really special ones over the years. I currently share my home (and my heart) with a 5 month old black lab named Loki. :)

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      'R' certainly ha homing instincts. I think most dogs do in wild and remote locations. It is difficult for them to do so in urban and suburban situations. My dog, for example, remembers specific locations in my suburban neighbourhood even if I visit them after a substantial gap, but he does not know how to get back home. He is dependent on me for doing so. But in remote trails, he knows the way to where I park my car no matter how far deep I am in a forest.

      This a great story told in a very nice manner.

    • teacherjoe52 profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi Pamela.

      Great article.

      Another reason why I like animals more than people.

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Nice story, Pamela, thanks.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have asked my dogs to do things for years that they could not have possibly known what they were being asked to do. They seem to understand so much more than they are given credit for. I had one dog that seemed smarter than the rest. My son's hamsters got out of the cage and after we looked all over the house and could not find them, I told Tabitha to find the hamsters. She went running through the house sniffing, she found them in about 2 minutes. If she could reach them, she would bring them to us, wet and unharmed, in her mouth. After that, whenever they got loose, we would ask her to find them and she would. She was a really sweet and smart dog. I really miss her. She got out one day and a jerk swerved to hit her as she crossed a dirt road.

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      6 years ago from America

      What a nice story about your dog. Dogs are funny they seem to know when we need something and figure it out. I don't think my spoiled cat would do that though my sister's cat did save her from a fire.

      I always say it is much easier to get lost and turned around in the woods more than people realize. Voted Up.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Dogs do seem to have a homing instinct. I've had dogs that would run away for hours to who knows where and then just show up back home. I always wonder how the did not get killed by a car. voted up,beautiful and shared.

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      Karen Hellier 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      That's a great story about a wonderful dog. As a dog lover myself, it's just one more story about how a dog truly is man's best friend! Voted up and awesome!

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      An excellent story! Thanks for sharing it. Voted awesome

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Dogs certainly are amazing creatures and full of surprises thanks so much for your kind words of support of my hub take care grand old lady!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      What a lovely story about "R". His sense of smell probably led you back, but even more interesting is how he was able to understand your instructions and your situation. Dogs and people have such an amazing way of connecting and communicating:)

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much Joan for your lovely kind words and the vote up! take care and stay connected!

    • Pamela-anne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks to all that supported my hub. take care and stay connected.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      7 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, as a dog-and-also-cat lover, I enjoyed this hub! Your tribute to "R" is an important one, I feel, I wish more of us humans respected animals and pets in this way. Voted up and beautiful. Have a good day!


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