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Re: [MOL] Shep The Dog



Want a wonderful story, and I to had tears, good tears! Thanks for sharing
this with us  xo Dean



> > >From THE PEOPLE'S ALMANAC NO. 2 1978 by David Wallechinsky and Irving
> > Wallace.  Reissued in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, October 28, 1979
> >
> > Shep The Dog
> >
> >         One August day in 1936 an eastbound Great Northern passenger
train
> > puffed into the Fort Benton, Montana, station.  Baggage men busied
> > themselves by the baggage car, loading a casket containing the body of a
> > sheepherder being sent east for burial.
> >         A big, gaunt shepherd dog whined and watched with puzzled eyes.
He
> > watched as the engine blew its steam and the train moved slowly out of
> > the station.  Then he turned and dispiritedly trotted away.
> >         So began a long, long vigil, one of the strangest ever kept.
> >         When the next train stopped, the dog was there again, and for
the next
> > and the next and the next.  He grew gaunt and lean on the meager scraps
> > he found; and cold when the winter came.  But always when the train came
> > in, Shep was there, tail wagging in hope.  And always when the train
> > pulled out, the tail was drooping in disappointment.
> >         Rain or shine, summer and winter, for more than five years Shep
kept his
> > vigil.
> >         Shep became one of the most famous dogs in all the world.
Newspapers
> > from all over the country, and in foreign lands, told of the dog who
> > waited with undiminished hope for the return of his master.
> >         Many well-meaning persons offered Shep a home, but by that time
it was
> > obvious that Shep was leading exactly the life he wanted to lead,
meeting
> > each train and making certain that his master did not return to Fort
> > Benton without receiving a proper greeting from his dog.  So all offers
> > and requests were gently declined.
> >         Thousands saw the dog from the windows of Great Northern trains
at Fort
> > Benton, or descended to the platform to meet him in person.  Parties
> > traveling by automobile often made special trips to the Fort Benton
depot
> > to see the dog.
> >         And life was much easier than it had been.  There was food from
his
> > friends and allies, the station employees and the dining car stewards.
> > There was water available.  There was the nest under the station
> > platform, and Shep knew, too, that if the winter nights grew too cold
> > there was shelter for the asking in the station.
> >         So the long years passed, until Shep joined his master on
January 12,
> > 1942.
> >         No longer so agile as when he started, his hearing and other
senses
> > dulled by age, Shep may have failed to hear the engine or to sense its
> > nearness as train No. 235 drew up at Fort Benton station.  Bystanders
saw
> > him look up when the engine was almost on him, move quickly, and slip on
> > the snow rails.  The wheels crossed his body.
> >         Associated Press and United Press wires carried the story of the
death
> > of the dog who had symbolized faithfulness to so many thousands of
> > persons.
> >         Shep was laid to rest at the top of the bluff overlooking the
station,
> > where he could keep watch forever.
> >
> > Quite a story!
> > Carol in Memphis
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