Friday, January 27, 2012

A LOYAL DOG IN CHINA

This is a story that is a lot like the story of Greyfriars Bobby, which is a story I already told you, except that this story is in China, and it took place not very long ago.  And what happened was that this past November, a man named Lao Pan died, and he was 68 years old.  He lived all alone in the village of Panjiatun, which is in Shandong Province.  This province is on the eastern edge of China, with a coast on the Yellow Sea.  Not that it really matters, but I thought I'd tell you the location anyway, since I went to all the trouble to look it up.

Lao Pan was not married, and he did not have many relatives, but he had a yellow dog who loved him very much.  I wish we knew the name of this dog, but we don't.





After Lao Pan died, some people cleaned out the room where he used to live, and his dog disappeared.  After a while, the villagers noticed that the dog was staying by Lao Pan's grave.  He stayed there for 7 whole days without any food.

When the BBC reported the story of Lao Pan's dog, they talked to one of the men who lives in the village.  He said, "I saw the dog when I was working on the field, and I called him, and wanted to bring him back home, because I also have a dog.  I gave him a steamed bun when he came to my home.  The dog caught the bun and ran back.  I caught him, but he ran even faster to the tomb, and stayed there."






So the people of the village started taking food and water to the dog, and they were planning to build a kennel for him near the grave.  I hope they have done this by now, because it's winter in China, and a dog could get cold sitting outside by a grave all the time!

11 comments:

  1. Dear Piper-

    I think these stories are very important so that people can understand how wonderful us dogs are! Here's another story that my mom's mom just sent to us:

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46168614/ns/today-today_pets_and_animals/t/lucas-juno-special-bond-rescue-dog-dying-boy/#.TyNcAIHO3Z2

    It's a true story about a malinois like my sister Mucha who is up in heaven. My sister Pearl who is here on earth is also a malinois although mom likes to say she is "special" with emphasis on the quotation marks.

    --Zest, superstar in training

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  2. Dear Zest,
    Thanks for sending me the link to the story about Lucas and his dog Juno. It is a sad story, but also inspiring. We dogs are definitely loyal and helpful and intelligent. I'd like to have a malinois sister, like you do, but Mom says we have way too many animals in the house already!
    Your friend, Piper

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  3. Simply put; I love these stories!!
    Love, AP

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  4. I agree that these are good stories, but I have to admit that if Mom died, I don't think I would want to spend the rest of my life sitting by her grave. Don't tell her I said that, but I just prefer to stay inside where it is warm in winter and cool in summer!
    Love, Piper

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  5. Piper-

    I think if basenji owners die before their basenjis, they have to be cremated and then placed as close to the fire place as possible. I'm almost sure that's a law.

    --Z

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  6. Oh, I hope that really is a law because it's a very good one!
    Piper

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  7. The dog's name was Dahuang, or "Big Yellow." I wrote a little about the story here, including a followup: http://shibasenji.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/the-not-so-anomalous-faithful-dog/

    Stories like this *are* touching, but you always have to wonder what happened after the reporters went away!

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    1. Dear shibasenji,

      I read the followup story about Dahuang, and I thought it was very interesting. I did not really like the idea of the dog spending the rest of his life sitting by a grave, even though that seems sort of romantic to some people. So that is why I was glad to learn that Dahuang got a new home, and that he is starting to eat and maybe even be happy again.

      I would also like to say that I don't think a dog consciously "commits suicide," even though it is possible that a dog will stop eating because he is scared or stressed or because he doesn't know how to find food on his own. So I thought it was strange when the people in the village said that Little Yellow committed suicide, and they were afraid that Big Yellow would do the same thing. Anyway, that is just my opinion as a basenji who likes to eat, even when life is being a little weird!

      Your friend, Piper

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  8. The dog probably wants a better grave for the guy. O and The man who lived in the village was probably trying to catch his lunch.

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  9. Saddest part of this story... No one ate the dog

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    1. I think that is a very GOOD part of the story, personally. I don't like it when people eat dogs! Yikes!
      Sincerely,
      Piper the Dog

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