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Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Loyal Dog Risks Drowning to Protect Family Home

Earlier this year, a flood as large as Texas and California combined devastated an area of Eastern Russia, but one loyal pup was adamant on guarding his family home against the rising tide of flood water.

Druzhok, whose name means ‘Little Friend,’ escaped with his family when their village was suddenly struck by one of the worst floods that the Amur region of Russia has seen in 120 years. As many as 100,000 people were evacuated in the crisis, forced to leave everything behind.

The family went to stay with relatives and Druzhok was placed in charge of guarding their car, but he disappeared only to be later found right back on the doorstep of their flooded home attempting to fight back the tide.

Image by Yelena Andreeva via The Siberian Times

It wasn’t until three days after the Andreev family had fled their home that Druzhok vanished, but as soon as the family realized that Druzhok was gone, they rushed to find him. Enlisting the help of a small rubber dingy, they sailed back to their family home. As they approached they could hear him barking and rescuers nearby explained that they had been trying to get inside but Druzhok wouldn’t let them, nor would he let them take him to safety.

Image by Yelena Andreeva via The Siberian Times

This incredible dog swam all the way back in the middle of the night where he stood on the porch neck deep in freezing cold water for hours before he was found. Why did he do it? His family believe that he was under the impression that they had returned there and needed protecting.

As she held back her tears Elena, Druzhok’s human mom, said “We sailed into the yard and saw him. He was standing there and trembling, but wouldn’t move away from his place. But when he saw us he was so happy. We took him into the boat and he rushed to lick us. We all were so happy.”

Image by Amurskaya-Pravda via The Siberian Times

The thought of leaving him again was unbearable for the family, who decided to ask some friends who had an empty aviary if Druzhok could go and live there, and in the end the whole family went along, allowing them to all be together once again.

This isn’t the first story we’ve heard about animals going to incredible lengths to help and protect those that care for them. The special bonds that animals share with their loved ones causes them to act in truly astonishing ways. Dogs in particular are extremely loyal and intelligent animals. After all, they don’t call them mans’s best friend for nothing!

Some people say that dogs are only loyal because they depend on us for food and shelter, but when you hear a tale like Druzhok’s where he risked his own life in an attempt to guard his family, it’s clear to see that there’s a lot more to it than that. Dogs are pack animals and when they lose a member of their pack, even if it is just temporarily they feel like they have a lost a part of themselves. They are also naturally affectionate and instinctively want to form bonds. All they want is to love and be loved in return.

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7:54AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I wouldn't left my dog to guard the house or car because if bad people really want to loot, they will even kill the dog or if the flood gets more severe, they will not get to see their loyal dog again. NOthing more precious than a loyal life. I hope this family will not let it happen again because they may not be so lucky next time.
That's why I love animals more than humans and I wouldn't want them to be a slave to me.

6:37AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks

11:20AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Animals are so much better than a lot of people......this pup deserves the best.

8:22AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

This family, indeed, had a guardian Angel in Druzhok. You won't find loyalty like his in a lot of humans, that's for sure. What a precious soul to take care of his family like that. He deserves the best life has to offer. That family needs to cherish and love him dearly for his loyalty and goodness.

2:16PM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Thank you xx

7:25AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

ty for an inspiring article

8:30PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

my puppy stays with me the all time... I hope this people care for him andd bring him in the hm

9:21PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Heidi, I think this article was confusing but the family definitely was happy to get him back with them....
I did see in the article they left him in the car. Then he was not comfortable and swam back to the house again. The way it reads is that they did leave him there at first.
I don't know.

I do know they are together and that they were very very happy to have him back with them!! I only came back to see this wonderful baby and what he did for his family. I do hope he is extra pampered forever.

Thank You very much for sharing!!

9:09PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Elizabeth C.
9:10PM PST on Jan 1, 2014
Just looking at him in the photo sitting in chest high water, sitting there so proud of himself, guarding the family home. I hope the family appreciated what that feller went through and spoil him for the rest of his life.
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I commented on this last week and i came back because this picture never left my mind.The entire story but just like Elizabeth says, I hope this family really knows and appreciates what their dog did for them. He sits there is that cold ,horrible water as proud as can be. I know they were so happy to get him back but I don't understand why they left him there. In a car?? That was a very bad idea .I would assume he could have drowned rather quickly. He got out and this is one incredible dog and just looking at him standing there is amazing to me. He swam back to guard it again. He deserves to be extra pampered forever!! ANIMALS ARE THE BEST!!!

8:10PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

This dog is more loyal than his family really deserves, since they went somewhere warm and dry and left the dog at the car. Or was it "IN" the car? There would be some difference, I guess. But the dog wanted to make sure that his guardian's home was safe and went back to do what he saw as his duty. Good boy!

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