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Amazing Dog Rescuers
Sadly, not everyone thinks these dogs should've been saved.

It’s not unusual to hear about good Samaritans helping out a dog, but lately, people are risking their lives to save a stray. Check out the nail-biting video of firefighters rescuing a German Shepherd mix from the flooded waters of the Los Angeles River.  The lucky dog – now named Vernon for where he was found – is still looking for his rightful owner. If no one claims him, there’s a lengthy list of potential adopters.

Across the globe, another Shepherd mix found himself in trouble. The poor dog got stuck on an ice floe and floated down Poland’s Vistula River and out to the Baltic Sea. He was first spotted on Monday, shivering and scared, and had traveled 75 miles before he was rescued on Thursday by research  scientists aboard the Baltica. Four people have since claimed the now famous “Baltic.”

Not to be outdone, 25-year-old Alvin Clark decided to do whatever it took to find his beloved 7-month-old American Staffordshire Terriers,  Magu and Chulo. Two weeks ago, the pups snuck through a hole in the fence of his suburban Chicago backyard to follow a public works employee. As the man attempted to lead them home, two teenagers pulled up in a truck and picked up the dogs. Devastated, Clark initially offered a $1,000 award without any luck. Thanks to the assistance of two police departments and Clark’s own determined detective work despite some scary scenarios, he got his dogs back.

In all three cases, critics argue that such valuable resources shouldn't be wasted on a dog.  What do you think?



Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Jordan | January 30 2010 |

Now, more than ever, companion animals are members of our families. To say that someone should not waste resources on a dog seems completely ridiculous to me. If one's child disappeared people would not complain about valuable resources being wasted. To me, my dog is my child. I do not have human kids so my dogs are what I have. This statement was made with a complete lack of sensitivity and respect for those who hold their pets so close to their hearts. If my dogs were lost, I would give everything I had to get them back...I suppose it comes down to your priorities and how much your resources mean to you when you've lost the most important thing in your life.

Submitted by Julia Kamysz Lane | January 30 2010 |

Good news! Vernon has been claimed by his owner, a 70-year-old woman whose grandkids accidentally left the gate open. For details go to: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_14288037?nclick_check=1

Submitted by Carolyn | January 31 2010 |

Great stories, all of them. With so much cruelty and brutality in the world aimed at both animals and humans that goes undetected, or is not acted upon for whatever reason, it is refreshing to actually see some happy outcomes. To me, such rescue efforts are time, money, and effort well spent.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | February 10 2010 |

Heart-warming update on Baltic--with wonderful photos at NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123366216&ft=1&f=1001.

Submitted by Kim | February 12 2010 |

Perhaps the critics might have a change of heart if such valuable resources were "wasted" on their dog(s)....

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