The Good That Men Do

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare

A small selection of good news stories concerning good deeds done by both human and non human animals: for this entry the focus will not only be on the good that humans do but also the good that animals do for one another.

This is one of a series of Blog entries entitled, The Good that Men Do. Here is the first.

People who care about animals

‘Snow White’ Rescued From Wintery Grave and Warmed for Days

“Caki Bravo heard only the crunch of snow beneath his boots as he approached the coiled body of a small, blond dog dusted in white. At first Caki thought he might too late. The air had plummeted to -11 degrees for two consecutive nights and the dog was reported to have been lying motionless throughout. But it turns out that the little dog given the name Snow White was very much alive. She had given up, choosing a secluded concrete area away from pedestrian traffic. As Caki gently wiped the snow from her back, Snow White looked up at him weakly. She was nearly weightless in Caki’s arms as he carried her away.”

After 20 Years of Exploitation, This Donkey Has Finally Found Sanctuary


Fernando the donkey was found lying in a field in the middle of nowhere with a nasty bite on his hind leg, unable to stand up, dehydrated, and his life hanging in the balance.

After 20 years of exploitation at the hands of his owners, Fernando had developed a painful injury in his front hoof, and was not considered worthy of the time and money needed to treat him so he was driven into the wilderness and left to die.

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With all the negative news about China and animal rights/welfare this story makes for refreshing reading showing that there are people in China who care about dogs and other animals.


A Chinese millionaire from Gelong town in Jilin province, has spent all of his earnings saving more than 2,000 dogs from being slaughtered, reports the Metro.coUK.

The emotional story began three years ago, when Wang Yan, 29, who ran a very successful steel empire in Changchun city lost his dog. Yan searched everywhere, but to no avail. According to Sina News, Yan stated, “Finally someone let me go into the slaughterhouse to try my luck there.” Tragically, the man didn’t find his beloved dog, but the horrific scene of the dog slaughterhouse disturbed the animal lover so much, he purchased the business and established a dog rescue inside of an abandoned steel factory. Since then the medical expenses and upkeep of the dogs have used up almost all of Yan’s money.

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Animals who care about other animals

Stray Dog Saves Her Puppies From Forest Fire in the Most Genius Way


“There’s nothing like a mother’s love for her newborn. That adage was proven last month when a mama dog in Chile was caught in a forest fire with her nine 2-week-old puppies.

Not able to find a way to safety, this brave and loving mama dog dug a large hole in the ground, placed all nine of her precious pups in it and covered it with a metal shield. Witnesses reported seeing her dig the hole and said she stayed nearby to monitor the situation.

Once the fire was under better control, the witnesses told firefighters of the situation. The dog, now called Negrita, courageously led them to her ingeniously created underground sanctuary. All nine were safe and sound and healthy.”

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Not only does this story show us that animals are caring but that they are intelligent sentient beings who can work things out in quite an ingenious way as is the case of the mother dog above.

Hero Dog Abandoned in Park Saves the Day for His Puppies and Mate


Hot on the heels (or paws) of a Chilean dog who rescued her puppies from a forrest fire, comes another amazing story of doggy-parent love and determination.

In Dallas, Texas, there is a park that unfortunately finds a lot of dogs dumped by their humans to fend for themselves when the humans no longer desire to maintain responsibility for them. One of those dogs was a scrappy black and white lab mix who eluded would-be rescuers for about six months.

Smart as a whip, he never allowed himself to be trapped. Last month, however, he surprised the team when he appeared and started barking at them. Marina Tarashevsce, a rescuer of many dumped dogs at this park, was amazed at what she saw. Dog behaviorist, John Miller, who accompanied Marina that day, realized the canine was trying to communicate something to them, so they followed the fellow.

Then they heard the whimpers of puppies and knew this is what the dog, whom they named Hero, was trying to say. A brown lab mix dog had just given birth to ten puppies and was discovered in a burnt out tree trunk with her precious little ones.

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