Loyal Lab stays at dead dog's side

2012-04-17 10:20

Los Angeles - A loyal Labrador retriever named Maggie, who was videotaped as she guarded the body of a yellow Lab hit and killed by a car in California, has been reunited with her family.

A passer-by noticed the street scene last week, put traffic cones around the dogs and took the video that touched hearts across the US.

Maggie's family claimed her on Monday. The name of the family was not released.

Dozens of people called or visited the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control shelter offering to adopt the dog. The passer-by was the first to fill out paperwork.

No one knows who the yellow Lab belonged to or where Maggie met him, said Captain Aaron Reyes, deputy director of the department.

Maggie's family wasn't the first to show up at the shelter on Monday claiming the dog belonged to them. But it was the first family to have papers to prove it and to call the dog Maggie.

Even though she was groggy from surgery, the dog responded immediately to her name and the family, Reyes said.

  • Prudence Pelembe - 2012-04-17 10:38

    Bless you... So better than humans

      Ed - 2012-04-17 10:46

      you said it

  • docjimmie - 2012-04-17 10:43

    amazing the miracles we witness in this world and the cruel, savagery we see from us fellow humans. there is a lesson learn from dogs

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-17 11:30

      When i die, i want to go to doggie heaven...can live with them forever.. nothing i can really say about humans though lol

  • Nasser - 2012-04-17 11:43

    Labs are the best dogs in the world!

  • Mark - 2012-04-17 12:25

    The Chinese love them as well. ;)

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 12:35

      I guess for a different reason...disgusting if that is true. I know dog meat is eaten eastern countries but they are bred on special farms and is not your Maltese or Yorkie bought at the local pet shop. In South Korea, many families keep dogs as pets. That same family will, however, still visit a restaurant that prepares dog meat dishes. They have strange habits and beliefs...

  • Erich - 2012-04-17 12:48

    What a sad but lovely story. Very few living creatures have the capacity to love and be loyal that a Labrador.

  • Dave - 2012-04-17 13:16

    unconditional love....

  • Lyzelle - 2012-04-17 15:44

    Humans have a lot to learn

  • Jill - 2012-04-17 15:45

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STORY OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION... BUT THEN DOGS ARE SPECIAL because of the following story ----- When the Lord had created all the animals of the world, he gave each one a name, but each time he called the animals forward to receive their name, one was left behind. "Why aren't you giving me a name?" this animal asked. "Just be patient", the Lord replied, "your time will come" he said. This went on for some time and each time an animal was named the one left behind asked "Why aren't you giving me a name?" and each time the reply was "wait and see, your time will come". Eventually all animals were named and the last one was left. So he said to the Lord "now can I have a name?". "Oh yes", replied the Lord, "I have saved the best for last. and you must have the best name, therefore I shall call you "DOG". "Why" was the Dog's reply, to which the Lord answered "Because you of all the animals is the most precious animal and you have a spirit full of compassion, so you must bear my name, so I have turned my name around and called you DOG"

  • Stacy Chen - 2012-04-17 20:40

    @souldaddy. it doesnt make it right for s.koreans to eat dogs just becuz thy dnt hav and human attachments or affection. the main problem is the way they slaughter the dog. thy believe that more the dog suffers the better their meat tastes. that is y thy electrocute them in their mouths, beat them to death, burn them while thy still alive, hang them and many other ways just to make the dog suffer. they are also abused as puppies. just becuz thy were raised on farms doesnt mean its ok to eat them. n to make it worse these dogs may look like ur pet that u hav @ home and btw sum koreans let them slaughter their pets just cuz thy lazy to luk after it

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