The Dogs that Save Our Lives #WATWB

Dogs are unsung heroes in a human world. Here in the UK we have a huge dog-loving community, and that extends around the world in many places. I have grown up in the company of dogs, and I always feel an affinity with these beautiful creatures. Dogs offer unconditional love to those that welcome them as part of the family. My family is grieving for the loss of Baxter, who died just last week. He was a wonderful dog. We found him in a dogs’ home eleven years ago, and he did so much good for my family and my friends. He has been a constant companion, giving cuddles and reassurance when I felt lonely and stressed. He helped my husband through mental health challenges. He helped to keep our babies safe, played with the children when they were toddlers, and never once snapped at them. He was patient, caring, and loving right to the end. Baxter was known in our town as the therapy dog, because so many people in our community came to him for cuddles at the school gate, or walked him at local events, or said hello to him at the shops. He was a carer.

The Dogs that Save Our Lives #WATWB

And it isn’t just Baxter. A close friend had her dog trained to help when she was diagnosed with hearing impairments. He went everywhere with her, helping her navigate a busy and confusing world, offering her silent support when she felt lonely, and being there through the ups and downs of life. My previous dog, a snappy little Yorkshire Terrier, was by my side when I celebrated passing my school exams, my driving test, getting engaged, and a whole host of other life-affirming events. Then there are dogs who are trained to help in the military and the police. And then there are medical detection dogs. My aunt and uncle sent a condolence card in memory of Baxter. On it is a portrait of a dog that helped detect cancer. No doubt she saved a good many people from the pain of this horrific disease. And let’s not forget those strong, sturdy dogs who help in mountain rescue and coast guarding. Dogs are intelligent, beautiful, loving creatures. For this month’s entry to We Are the World, I salute our canine companions. Shout up, dog lovers. I hear you!


We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

This month our co-hosts are Susan Scott, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Mary J Giese, and Damyanti Biswas.

You can find more about #WATWB over on Damyanti Writes.


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5 Responses to The Dogs that Save Our Lives #WATWB

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    Thanks for sharing your personal stories of how family dogs have helped you and a friend, and for paying homage to the service dogs to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. Nice post for this month’s #WATWB!

  2. JoAnna says:

    THANK YOU so much for this true and heartfelt appreciation for the unconditional love and service of dogs. You’ve done an excellent job of putting into words how valuable our four legged companions are in so many ways. I’m so sorry about Baxter. He certainly had a wonderful life. Hold on to those beautiful memories.

  3. hilarymb says:

    Hi Catherine – how delightful to read … and yes the Brits are dog lovers aren’t they … both cats and dogs provide us with solace in times of need. However it is amazing how much dogs have learnt to help people … the blind, the deaf, medical aiders, disaster dogs …

    My thoughts for Baxter … I still ‘well up’ for the dog I lost years ago … and do know how we value them … great post – and lovely to have this post here for you and the family to remember Baxter – have a peaceful weekend – Hilary

  4. Beautiful post, Catherine. Our family has a lot of dog lovers, including me. We are privileged to have all that selfless love from 8 dog members of our family.

  5. pythoroshan says:

    As a dog lover, it is an absolute joy to see this post… I totally agree… dogs are the perfect example of selfless love.

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