It’s always said that the dog is the best man’s friend, and it shows in so many situations, it’s uncountable.
But within this story is a whole other meaning of loyalty.
Jack Mendes lived with his dog in a farmhouse, and as it came from Mendes, he never treated his dog the right way; in fact, when he came out to speak he described his previous acts as “monstrous”. He had a German Shepherd ever since it was aged just a couple of months old, brought in as a gift from his daughter because she didn’t want it anymore, and felt Mendes needed a dog since he lives alone.
He sought a companion so he decided to keep the dog anyways. It seemed, however, that the dog’s energy kind of exhausted Mendes to the point that he once threw it against the wall, and it kept going this way for days until his dog of stopped going around the house or interacting with him, he describes his dog as “uneasy most of the time”.
It preferred being alone most of the time.
It seems like this dog, although was poorly treated, cared for his owner after all and appreciated the fact that this man was the one who feed him, it returned the favor ten times worth: by saving him from a fatal housefire.
One day, in the recent wildfire natural accidents, Mendes was from the unlucky ones that their houses got caught in the crisis, when Mendes discovered that he was doomed and couldn’t breathe at all from all the smoke he’d inhaled, he says that he “started saying prayers” and gave up on the idea of escaping. That’s only when his dog made his move and went to pull him and help him out, Mendes could barely walk and he nearly fainted from suffocation and his dog found the way out, luckily.
It is, indeed that not all heroes wear capes or they should come in form of humans.
Mendes regrets all his acts, he said “I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for that dog that I spent a long period of my life abusing! I think I couldn’t be any more grateful for the consequences that brought it to me; I absolutely regret mistreating it in the first place”