Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 17 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Rasso of Grafrath

The Daily Appreciation: Rescue Dog Saves 7, Dies from Exhaustion


The Daily Catch - published on 04/25/16

There is a reason why someone who acts with grim persistence is called “dogged.” Whether it’s eating, playing, loving or rescuing, dogs don’t seem to know when to stop, and take care of themselves. They are unconditional; they go all-in, as we read here:

Dayco via facebook
Via Facebook
A rescue dog who was hailed a hero for saving up to seven lives in the aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake has died from exhaustion. Dayko, a four-year-old white Labrador, formed part of the fire service and helped the team by sniffing out survivors in the rubble who may not otherwise have been noticed. However, a combination of heat, dehydration and the huge effort put into the rescue mission took its toll on the brave pup and he died on Friday. Dayko had been working in Pedernales, in the north west Ecuadorian province of Manabi. The area was one of the most badly damaged following the disaster and 654 people have so far been found dead. And Dayko worked tirelessly to stop the death toll from rising.

Sometimes, when we have trouble understanding the unconditional, tireless nature of God’s love for us, we should pay attention to our dogs. They sort of model for us just what that looks like.

Good dog, Dayco. Angel-dog; hero-dog. Take your rest. Aquinas said we won’t see you in heaven, but that’s not settled. Someday we’ll know!

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
Ascension vs. assumption: What is the difference?
Philip Kosloski
Why Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as an apostle
Larry Peterson
Benedict XVI called him “one of the most unusual saintsR...
Philip Kosloski
How to pray the Divine Praises
Philip Kosloski
What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima?
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More