Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

Double-Down: Compassionate Canines

The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” – Mark Twain

In light of recent world events, some of you might be developing some un-Goodosphere-like attitudes about your fellow man or at least a few of them. But do not despair! We need only look to man’s best friends for a shining example of how to treat each other.

This Japanese video is making headlines worldwide. It shows a camera crew stumbling upon a frantic pooch amidst the destruction in the Arahama area of Japan. As it turned out, the lovable mutt had been faithfully watching over another dog- presumably a chum- who’d been injured in the disaster.

If the loyalty and compassion dogs are capable of was in doubt- here’s another testament to it from deep in the Goodo-archives:

Looks like good ol’ Mark (or Sam) had it right a 100 years ago.

All Love, No Bull

Suffice it to say, these are divisive times. For all the talk in recent weeks of unification, it appears that once more the cynics will, for the most part, reign victorious.

One has to ask, if we can’t treat each other as humans should, can we at least give it a go the way animals would?

This rather unconventional avian-bovine pair have been going strong for ten years. They met back in the halcyon days of January 2011 at an “eco-lodge” in Grisborne, New Zealand. The goose had just lost a mate at the hands of an angry emu and managed to forge a friendship with the pictured Highland cattle when he was none but a calf. Goose found solace in bull, and they’ve been inseparable since. Our monogamous hero has even become a bona fide member of the cattle herd.

The pair is undeniably a paradigm for seeing past differences, finding common ground, milking it for all it’s worth, getting over the beef, forgetting about the goose egg. Okay, so those last two or three were just in good pun, but seriously people, if this beast and bird can make it work, why can’t we all just get along?

The BEARst Of Friends: My Bruin Buddy

Casey Anderson, naturalist and perhaps madman, lives with his unique pet: Brutus, the 800 pound grizzly bear! And before you ask- the image below is 100% Photoshop free according to National Geographic.

Daily Mail.

To some, living with a grizzly bear seems like a very poor idea. But, in all fairness, Anderson has known Brutus for seven years, from the time he was just a cub. Today, the two are so close that the enormous bear frequently shares a kiss with his human friend and even acted as best bear at Casey’s wedding (no reports exist as to what Brutus lined up for the bachelor party). When he isn’t hottubbing with his bear buddy, Casey spends much of his time using his relationship with Brutus to underscore the importance of preserving bears’ natural habitats.

Read Anderson’s thoughtful comments on Timothy Treadwell aka “Grizzly Man” at National Geographic and see some astounding photos at the Daily Mail. Thanks to AB.

Good Friends

Mark Twain: Hey Tesla, what’s your favorite kind of ship?

Nikola Tesla: Freindship.

Tesla and Twain! Who knew?