Dog Names That Start With 'Du' in Pop Culture
Does it amaze you when you think about the resiliency of animals, especially dogs? If you think about it, the relationship between humans and dogs can be traced back over 40,000 years, with them beside us in every aspect of our private and working lives. Is it any wonder that they have developed a sense that picks up on our feelings, illnesses, and circumstances which involve danger? Our pop culture spotlight today is Duke, and his real story embraces this ability to perceive.
Duke is a mixed breed rescue dog who lives in Portland, Connecticut. He was passed back and forth between numerous owners during his young life, apparently never meeting their expectations, a situation which many of us have experienced during our lifetimes. Duke's life changed when Eric and Jenna Brousseau adopted him. Deciding they wanted a dog and opting to adopt, this couple gave a loving, forever home to a previously owned canine who deserved it.
They rescued Duke from potential euthanasia and welcomed him into their home. This rescue dog bonded quickly with them and their children as their young family grew, but it took six years for them to realize Duke's real potential and worth. In the Fall of 2012, Jenna birthed their second child, a beautiful little girl whom they named Harper. October of 2012 was the month of an unusual occurrence in which Duke, described as a very well-behaved dog, started behaving strangely.
During the night, he jumped up on the bed occupied by Eric and Jenna and began to shiver and tremble. While trying to calm him, it suddenly occurred to Eric that Duke might be trying to tell them something. Eric's first impulse was to run down the hall to Harper's nursery. What he found stopped his heart! His nine-week-old daughter lay in her crib, doll-like, pale-faced, glassy-eyed and unmoving, she had stopped breathing! Jenna smacked Harper firmly on the back, and she began to breathe again.
Had Duke not sensed Harper's situation, her parents would likely have slept on and she would not have survived. Duke's behavior is the "sixth" sense that canines have developed over the ages of living and loving we humans. While we could recount many more real-life stories of similar situations in which dogs have saved lives, we should be grateful that we are so blessed to have our furry best friends looking out for us.