Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Kindness of A Dog

The news recently featured a man left to die on the streets of New York City after he had been fatally stabbed while saving a woman from her assailant. Twenty-five people, including the woman he aided, failed to act on his behalf. One of the people passing him got out a cell phone and took his picture for entertainment purposes. Finally, someone called 911, but it was too late.

This story has haunted me this week as I have pondered it. Did he look like a homeless man asleep on the sidewalk? According to news reports there was blood to be seen from the stab wounds. However, for over half-an-hour no one investigated further or even called 911 to ask someone else to look into it.

Who are we?

Contrast this story with the following video clip of a dog saving another dog. I was dumbfounded and moved to tears after watching the clip that follows. Please, Lord, always give me the good sense and compassion this little dog had. How can we do less as human beings?

(This is less than a minute to watch and has a happy ending for both dogs.)

I am reminded of these verses from the Bible.....

Matthew 25: 37:40 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "

We're supposed to be living by these words. God can get our attention through any means he chooses.

©Copyright 2010


  1. What a horrifying story about that man in New York... I can't believe the woman who he helped didn't even help him!!! And what a great video of that dog, so amazing.

  2. Robynn I was horrified when I heard this story. My husband was home when we heard it and I told him that I didn't care who he was or where he was, the very least I would have done is call 911. It sounds terrible but most of the time I am discussed with people anymore.
    When animals start to have more compassion then people do, it's time for some serious change.
    Love Di ♥

  3. This is a sad state of affairs. I can't even believe something like that is possible. We've become so self absorbed and jaded, it's just sad.

  4. It's really mind-boggling why some people are so afraid to step outside themselves for just am moment and help someone--I think this is why I prefer the company of dogs over some people! :-)

  5. It's simply horrible that people are so fearful and calloused...we are so much like the story of the Good Samaritan, are we not? The story of the dog puts us to shame...This was a profound and beautiful post, dear find the most amazing stuff! Thank you! I'm so glad you shared this! Love you! Janine XO

  6. Why is it I feared for that little dog even though I knew he saved the other dog? If we're not getting it as humans, than the only thing left is to learn from the animals. This post just splits me wide open and leaves me questioning our human race. Thanks for the eye-opener!

  7. Yes. Who ARE we? And who are we becoming? It's so terrifying, and I also saw the story (although I couldn't bring myself to watch the video) and wondered about the callous disregard we humans have for each other. Lord, help us to be as good as the dog in this video.

  8. Dogs are the best animal on earth. I love them so much! Great post. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am a new follower.

  9. People don't even believe me when i tell them that our trained 'service animal', Deuce the Rottweiler saved our lives a few times by getting us up at night when we stopped breathing--having COPD, and both use a CPAP machine to help us breath. Rottys are special!

    Tom S
    Heaven is my Home.
    Jesus is Lord.

  10. What a tragic story of man's inhumanity to man. The hero dog sure makes us stop and think! This is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a terrible story... I can't believe that the woman he saved didn't try to help him.

    We really need more love and compassion in the world.

  12. Great observation, you are so right. It is very sad. I think people fail to react from fear rather than malice. But how hard is it to dial 911?

  13. It is sad that world has come to this.
    The video is quite amazing. Such a dear little dog helping out his fellow dog.


  14. Such a tradgedy regarding the man in New York...sadly that kind of thing does happen...people not wanting to get involved!!! It saddens me to think of the man laying, dieing on the side walk alone!!!

    The video of the dog dragging the other do was so heart warming...lessons to be learned!!!

    "do unto others as you would have then do unto you"

  15. There are no words that can explain why people do nothing.
    No excuses.
    Years ago my husband tried to help a woman whose boyfriend was hitting her and she turned on my husband. Would he do it again? You bet.

  16. I must admit that I'm often too caught up in my own affairs to notice or care for the needs of others.

  17. Awww...I can't watch the video of the dog. It would break my heart. I did watch the video of them walking by the homeless man, which doesn't say much for me, I guess. I suck! But I wasn't watching him...I was watching the people walking by. I have a feeling most of the people just assumed he'd passed out there, since they see that a lot. But the one guy who lifted the body and saw the blood...? Maybe he's the guy that called the police. It was obvious somebody called paramedics at some point because they finally arrived...more than an hour later. They're saying now that even if you see a homeless guy asleep or passed out on the street, you should call paramedics anyway. It's pretty common, even in downtown Nashville, to see them sleeping places...but face down like that would have made me call for help, I think.

  18. Well said my friend.

    I often have to shake my head in wonderment at the how things are today!

    It defiantly is a call to prayer for so many things!

  19. For goodness sake. Sometimes I hate the place the world has become. Then I get on line and talk to all the wonderful bloggers that I have met and realize there are still good people left on this planet.

    and one more thing. Why did they have to show the dog getting hit like twenty times. We got it on the first take.

  20. It's really crazy hearing about this poor guy because this ISN'T my experience in life or in the blogging world. People come out of the woodwork to help you. Is it a big city issue? Is it a complete disconnect and desensitization? Even then, I can't argue for that. I think a lot of it is a basic lack of morals and awareness of others.

    I let my son play Halo (a rather violent video game - though they play the good guys) and if desensitization was the key, he would behave in the manner the people did in NYC. Yet, he's the king of compassion and every little kid, dog, cat, and mom love him and always have. He goes out of his way to be loving and affirming. It is MORE than our media. WAY MORE. It's what's NOT being taught at home and in our schools (and not for lack of many teachers WANTING to teach morals).

    And Tom? THAT'S AWESOME about your dog and I completely believe you.

    And Lil Mama....I agree. It would seem they didn't have to show us the poor dog getting hit over and over. Once was REALLY enough.

  21. Robynn...I couldn't access the video for a while...but I came back and tried again and was able to see it. What a loving and gentle world this could be if we would only treat each other the way we would want to be treated.
    It is sad to see people walk by somone who is hurt...and turn a blind eye. So sad.....
    The video of the dog helping the other dog brought tears to my eyes. What a loving li'l dog...and I'm very glad that the one that was hit by the vehicle survived.

  22. Thanks for making me cry all over my bran muffin this morning! I love dogs and I am constantly amazed by their compassion~they are angels sent here to help us humans show our love!

  23. What a contrast in stories. Thanks for sharing Robynn.
    Have a lovely weekend. I'm off to the garden.

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