Just One Time - Stories of Dogs

by Ragtimelil

Stories of dogs saving lives, others and their own.

Sometimes good things happen. A dog saves a child or helps an owner find a lost cat. Sometimes it’s the result of training, sometimes it’s instinct. Whatever the reason, we are often grateful that it happened.

Just the One Time

NewfoundlandNewfoundlands are noted for their instinct to save lives.


Many years ago I heard about a Newfoundland dog who had climbed out of his kennel. There was deep snow on the ground and the plows were piling it up even more.He had never tried to climb out of his kennel before.

He knew there was a child in trouble.

He found the child buried in a snow bank and trampled the snow down around her. She clung to his coat as he pulled her from her icy prison.




Just the one time.


Domestic Dogs, Three Newfoundland Dogs Standing Together
Newfoundland Dog Called Lion, 1824

With Just One Lesson

Painting of Ro


I had been training for tracking with dogs, Tracking is finding an object by following the trail, by scent that a track layer made. A couple with a Rottweiler wanted to learn and so came for one tracking lesson. The dog was a natural and was picking it up fast.

She told me the next time we met that the dog had saved her cat.



She had taken the cat to the vet. The vet was some distance away so she had put a harness and leash on the cat so she couldn’t slip away and get lost. As things sometimes happen, the cat managed to slip out of her grasp and dove into the woods trailing a leash. The woman was distraught. She was afraid the cat would become ensnared by the leash and not be able to be found..The vet’s assistants came out and helped her hunt for the cat, but she was nowhere to be found.Cat


In desperation, the woman drove home, collected the Rottie and came back to the animal hospital. She took the dog out and asked it to find the cat. With no hesitation, the dog led her to where the cat was hiding.

- after just one lesson.


Books About Rottweilers

The Rottweiler: Centuries of Service (Howell's Best of Breed Library)

Whether the reader owns one Rottweiler companion or is a serious breeder with a large kennel, this is an invaluable source of expert reference on the origins of the breed, the S...

$17.49  $21.98
You're A Good Dog, Carl

“Take good care of the baby, Carl.”Mother knows she can trust Carl, a large and lovable Rottweiler, to watch over baby Madeleine. What she doesn’t know is that the minute she’s ...

$7.11  $59.22


Rottweiler Dog Amongst Daffodils, USA

For Just That One Time

Border Collie

I had been training my dog for an obedience title. One of the exercises we had to perform was called a Drop on Recall. The dog was left across the ring from the handler. The command was given for the dog to come. Then, about the middle of the ring, the dog was given the command to lie down. Then the dog was called again. My dog, Hugo, knew his commands.



We had been visiting friends and it was getting dark. We left to get in the car parked by the side of the road and go home. I had to move some things on the seat to make room for Hugo. I heard a car coming too fast down the little back road. I called Hugo. In the headlights I saw that Hugo had crossed the road and was coming to me as I had asked him to do. He was on a collision course with the speeding car.


Without thinking, I yelled, “stay.” It was the wrong command, but Hugo stopped and stood there as the car roared by. All those years of training and practice –

For just that one moment.

About Obedience Competition

Remembering to Breathe: Inside Dog Obedience Competition

Honeybear and Skippy stumble into the high-intensity world of American Kennel Club dog obedience competition as the most clueless of neophytes. They share a life-defining advent...

$24.95  $4.15
The Ultimate Guide to Rally-O: Rules, Strategies, and Skills for Successful Rally Obedience Compe...

Combining elements of obedience and agility, rally-O (also known as rally or rally obedience) is the fast-growing new dog sport that is sweeping the nation. Navigate your dog th...

$23.5  $17.95

The Drop on Recall

About Newfoundlands

In the Company of Newfies: A Shared Life

Finally back in print, In the Company of Newfies is one of the most beautiful books ever written about dogs. It has become a classic and a collectible. It is a book of love and ...

$1.68  $46.44
The Newfoundland, Gentle Giant

Revised edition of a popular title. Includes: *The breed standard *Selection, care and grooming *Activities and competition to enjoy with your Newfoundland. From first puppy to ...

$8.23  $29.99
A Dog in a Million: My Life with Connie

When Hazel was debilitated with crippling back problems, she found herself unable to look after her own house. Rather than hire help, Hazel instead trained her seven-month-old N...

$21.69  $0.01
Updated: 06/19/2012, Ragtimelil
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Ragtimelil on 01/15/2013

Newfoundlands are great dogs. Not sure about their feet. They tend to drool a lot though.

Ragtimelil on 06/27/2012

Well that you for reading them!

Ragtimelil on 06/23/2012

I do miss my Rottie. But it's too hot in Texas for them with their short muzzle. Not that they're aren't any here.
Glad she liked the pictures...

JoHarrington on 06/23/2012

I'm sitting here with a Rottweiler lying across my feet (very warm, but quite heavy too!). They are such lovely dogs. I haven't any dogs myself, but Lily is one of those at my friends' house. I just showed her the pictures in your article and she showed some interest. :D

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