Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two peas in a pod? read the caption

A Labrador named Ben swam Monday with his friend Duggie the dolphin off Tory Island in northwest Ireland. The Irish Independent reported that the two have formed a friendship in recent months with the normally land-loving Ben pacing the pier and jumping into the water as soon as he sees Duggie. Ben's owner, Pat Doohan, said Ben and Duggie spend up to three hours at a time playing. And now two collies are starting to join in. Doohan said Duggie came to the island in 2006 as the body of another dolphin being washed ashore. "People think it was probably her partner and...that is why she stayed behind.


I saw this small article and photo in today's newspaper. And in an effort to distract myself from my incessant weather reporting on my blog, I thought I'd share this bit of fun, frolic and endearing animal behavior.

Now collies are getting in the act? These four-legged and, umm, two flippered creatures have it all figured out as far as I'm concerned. See, we can get along! Looking different isn't important in the larger scheme, its all about playing together in the water until you're too tired to play anymore.

The Irish Independent ran the first article about Duggie last year. Its really worth reading because you'll get tips on how a dolphin can outsmart a dog. Could be useful.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle


Old Wom Tigley said...

What a great post... certainly a cheerful view on things..

And talking of cheerfulness.. I came across these..

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
Helen Keller

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.
William Arthur Ward

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Joseph Addison

Annie said...

Well, Noni, this is just about the best thing I have read anywhere in several days. We can definitely learn somethig from these two.

Marianne said...

LOVE the article and this post! That truly is just so wonderful.

I was sorry to read about your stormy weekend, and yes, hopefully next year. :^)

missalister said...

Hi! I was in the ‘hood so stopped by here! What a touching story, the dolphin and her partner! It’s like us when we lose an irreplaceable in our lives—if life can never be the same then we might as well hop on a tangent! Like the others here I found this to be so fun and uplifting, just what I needed for a change :-)

Beatriz' suitcase contents said...

Great post, and it reminded me of this:
Isn't it amazing?