This Article is About
loyal companions
bad rap
best friends
nuts
best friend
canada
A Friend Named Thor
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

A Friend Named Thor

I lost my best friend about a year ago and I still hurt as much as if it happened yesterday. His name was Thor and he was a big old curly headed Airedale Terrier. If you don't know much about Airedales don't feel bad because most people don't. They are ultra smart, fierce protectors, best friends and loyal companions. They like to bond with one person, and when they do, it's for life. They're a pretty big dog, the males get to be about a hundred pounds, but they're capable of incredible tenderness. At one time they were a popular breed but they got a bad rap for being stubborn and hard to train. There’s an old saying about the dog that say’s that you can teach an Airedale to do anything - but not until after they’re a year old. It doesn’t take you very long after you get an Airedale to find out that’s not a wives tale.

I got our first Airedale, Princess, for my wife while we were in Canada. She was a wonderful dog, very sweet, very timid but also very protective - especially of our kids. We never had to worry about our kids playing in the yard because they were never out of her sight. If one of them cried she was the first one there to find out why. If someone came into the yard, it didn’t matter if she knew them or not, she always got between them and the kids. She was very special to us. After she died I bought Thor a few years later.

I knew that Thor was going to be special because of something that happened when he was about a year old. I used to tie him outside during the day and he didn’t like that very much. To make matters worse, one of our neighbor kids had a go-cart with two seats in it and he used to like to tease Thor with it.

He would sit on the road, down over the bank and behind the lilac bushes from Thor, and hold his foot on the break while he revved his engine up and down. It drove Thor nuts. I would come out and tell Thor to be quiet and tell the kid to stop doing it or he might be sorry some day and the kid just laughed and tore off. I told the kids parents and grandparents what he was doing and they both said they told him to stop doing it or he was going to get bitten, but he wouldn’t listen. They both said that if he gets bitten it’s his own fault. I knew darn well that if Thor ever bit the kid they would sing a different song. I had to happen.

One day Thor had enough. I just stepped out of the front door as Thor broke his chain. I looked down at the kid and his eyes were as big as saucers. He took his foot off the brake and looked like he was shot out of a cannon. Thor came down off that bank and dove through the lilac bushes like he was thought he was Underdog. As soon as he hit the road he made a right turn and took off after that kid for all he was worth, he wanted that kid badly.

I jumped off of the porch, screaming at the top of my lungs for Thor to stop but he couldn’t or wouldn’t listen. I too dove through the lilac bushes, not looking anything like Underdog but more like a bull in a china shop, and landed on the road on all fours getting a very bad case of road rash on both hands and knees. All I could do was turn my head to the right and watch the story unfold.

Thor ran that kid down in less than one hundred yards. And then with another one of those leaps he landed right on the seat beside the kid. The kid screamed at the top of his lungs and slammed on his breaks. When he came to a full stop he screamed again. When he did Thor…..just sat there and looked at him. He never growled, never snarled or barked or did any thing but stare at the kid - for five minutes!

I tried to call him a couple of times but I was too busy laying on the road laughing, the tears streaming down my cheeks. After Thor was done he hopped out of the go-cart and bounced back down the road to me, giving me a big wet kiss when he got there. How could I be mad at him? The kid didn’t go back by our house until long after Thor and I were in the house. Later that evening the kids dad stopped by and he couldn’t stop laughing. The kid had told him what had happened but what I didn’t know was that when the kid came to a stop and saw Thor starring him in the face, he wet himself. He was twelve years old. He never rode his go-cart past our house again.

Thor went everywhere I went. I had a Ranger extra cab pickup and I couldn't move it without him in it. It had bucket seats in the front and he had to sit on the passenger side - until I got to where I was going, then he sat behind the wheel. I never had to take the keys out or lock the doors because nobody was getting near that truck but me. As I was driving down the road I would talk to Thor about stuff that was bothering me. I could talk to him about anything. He sat on the seat and looked straight out of the front of the windshield like I did. He looked almost human sitting in that seat. As a matter of fact I was always running into people that said they saw me go through town talking to somebody when in fact it was Thor.

You might think I'm crazy because I talked to my dog but you see, the funny thing about Thor was that he answered me. I swear! You can ask any body in my family and even some of my close friends and they will tell you the same. I would look at Thor and say. "Thor, what do you think about blah, blah, blah," and when I finished he would look over at me and start moving his mouth, he didn't make any noise, but it was like he was talking to me. When he was done he would turn his head back away. I'm telling you it was freaky.

I would go into the living room and sit down in a chair and he would sit in the chair next to me. I would start talking to him and my mom would freak out and make me stop. She said that a dog that thought it was human just wasn't right, that it was down right creepy, and she wouldn't let me talk to him around her any more.

Another thing he liked to do is this. We had a shed down at the far end of our yard. Whenever we had some junk we couldn't throw away, it was my job to take it down to the shed. I would always load my arms with as much stuff as I could to cut down on the number of trips I had to make. I would get right about in the middle of the yard and all of a sudden my shorts were yanked down to my ankles.

There I stood, in my underwear, my arms full of junk that I didn't want to let go of, with Thor hopping around me like some kind of demented kangaroo. He knew I wouldn’t drop the stuff and chase him, I couldn’t catch him anyhow. All I could do is step out of my shorts and carry the stuff the rest of the way and hope nobody drove by.

The ladies down at the bank just loved him, when I pulled up to the drive in window they all came over to watch. I would put a check in the drawer and they would close it. They would get the cash around and put it in an envelope along with two bones for Thor. They’d slide the drawer back out and Thor would stick his huge head into the drawer, careful not to touch anything else, pick up the envelope and hand it to me.

He would sit down and patiently wait for his bones. I would give him his bones and he would make short work of them. Then came the moment all the girls were waiting for. When he finished he looked in the window at the girls and gave them a big smile. They would laugh and start clapping and that just made his smile get bigger. As I pulled away from the window, my smile was every bit as big as his.

When I became disabled he could sense there was something wrong. If I laid on the ground to do something to the truck he would freak out. He would run over and try to pull me out from under the truck or try to pick me up off the ground. I had to rub him and talk to him to try to convince him it was ok but he wouldn't leave my side until I was done. Whenever I was feeling bummed out he would sit beside me and push up against me, like he knew it made me feel better to pet him. When I was really bummed out, instead of pushing against me he would rub his head up and down on me, like he was petting me. He was unreal. When Thor died I cried like a baby and I'm not ashamed to say it. I loved that dog, more than most people I know. Is that wrong? Most people attach strings to their affections. His love was unconditional. Darn, now my eyes are getting all misty.


Street Talk

Sherry B.  

Very wonderful story! So sorry for your loss. I know how it is to lose your dog and I gotta admit that I too still miss the dogs that have been a part of my life and passed on even though a couple of them have been gone for years and recently a beagle mix named Attila. They were better friends to me than most people I know.

Reply
  about 5 years ago

Great article, I love your story and agree that a dogs love is like no other and believe that we all need that in our life, I know that i do. Thank you

Reply
  about 6 years ago

A best friend like that is hard to come by. You are so fortunate to have created such an incredible bond. I hope you have been looking for another one that will benefit from your ways and kindness. Great story!!!

Reply
  about 6 years ago

Funny stuff my friend. When you live as long as we have you loose some good friends. Hang on to the memories.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

That was so funny I laughed my azz off! Sounds like a great dog, and very smart. Sorry for your loss.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

Thanks. He sure was. I really think he was a Godsend.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

I read your article about your parents passing. I left a comment for you. Even after the years go by, I still miss my dad not being in my daily life.

  
  about 6 years ago
Jenna  

all of your articles are great!

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
How Do I Deal With Loneliness Now That My Girlfriend Has Moved Out?
Loneliness after a breakup can leave you wondering "how do I deal with loneliness?" more often than you're ever likely to admit to in mixed company. Loneliness is a killer companion in the long hours of the night but there are things you can do that will help you not…
By: T Dub Jackson in  Relationships  >  Conflict   Apr 09, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

3 Heartwarming Reasons to Rescue Schnoodles
To rescue schnoodles is like rescuing two of the cutest breeds of dogs at once, the schnauzer and the poodle. Not only will they be very loyal companions, but they don’t shed or drool. They are also mild tempered and great watchdogs because they are easily trained and are good…
By: Carrie Alluri in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jul 06, 2011  
1
  Likes: 0

Reasons to Choose A Patient Driving Instructor Weston - super - mare
Individuals who would like to make the learning how to drive process enjoyable should start by hiring a competent, friendly Driving Instructor Weston-super-Mare. The instructor you choose to work with should ensure you make the most of your Driving Lessons Weston-super-Mare and he should make sure you do not waste…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Alpo Dog Food Possibly One Of The Best Dog Food Brands Ever?
A well known and loved brand – Alpo, which is short for Allen Products, was founded way back in 1936 in Pennsylvania, and is now owned by Nestle. With such a long history, customers where rightly concerned when the brand was affected by the large scale product recalls in 2007.…
By: Mike Nash in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

A Merry Hound - The Beagle
Beagles were developed as scent hounds and used to hunt rabbits and small prey. Today, this popular breed is used for hunting, pet therapy, "sniffing" dogs for law enforcement, and as family pets. This is one of the most popular dogs in the United States due to the temperament and…
By: Doug Fabick in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Food From the Renowned Pet Food Supplier In Stoke –on - trent?
The nutritional requirements of the pet animals are different from that of humans. Hence, picking the best pet food from the pet food supplier in Stoke-On-Trent takes effort and thought. All the pet owners are advised to go through the labels to get an idea of the ingredients. Moreover, they…
By: aby in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Find the Best Accommodation for Your Cat With Cattery Stoke - on - Trent
Online information provides a good resource for cat owners who need to find an adequate cattery Stoke-on-Trent. Get some tips to help you with online selection! Not any cattery Stoke-on-Trent offers the best bedding services and proper care for the cats that must be accommodated. If you are concerned about…
By: Johny Danes in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Find the Best Pet Food Supplier In Stoke - on - Trent
Pet-lovers will always agree that when it comes to selecting the right nutrition and supplements, the options is huge and varied. With numerous Pet Food Supplier In Stoke-On-Trent and local shops selling variety of tins, cartons and packs of Animal Feeds Stoke-On-Trent, it is obvious to get confused about which…
By: Johny Danes in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Training Your New Puppy Or Dog
It is very important to start training your new puppy as soon as possible, the best is to start when you bring him home. The puppy training can be done yourself or you can hire a professional trainer. Often you could find a local dog training classes. Ask your veterinarian…
By: Daniel39 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Healthy Dog Snacks From Your Refrigerator!
We all want to keep our pets healthy and happy so if we could replace those high fat packaged treats you buy at the local grocer with a treat to make your pets health and immune system stronger we’d jump at the opportunity. Our dogs can also benefit from healthy…
By: LGoguen in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

About Benefits Of Microchipping Your Pet
Pets are delightful companions to many owners young and old. However, some pets may tend to get lost outside the home if proper monitoring is not exercised. It is very sad for the pet owner to lose a pet which has been a faithful companion for some time. Hence, it…
By: Nicole T Doss in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 28, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

The Day We Got Duchess
My husband and I had always wanted to have a dog but we thought we would wait until we retired so someone would always be home. I thought about a small dog but Tony, my husband, had his heart set on a big dog so we got a big one.…
By: sharon vacelli3 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 24, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

House Training A Puppy: Do's And Don'ts
Puppy’s digestive tract A built-in plus when it comes to house training a puppy’s digestive tract, which is extremely quick and efficient. Five to 30 minutes after the puppy eats, she’ll want to defecate. So with a consistent eating schedule, and your attention to the clock, your puppy can maintain…
By: Daniel39 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 24, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How To Keep Your Dog's Teeth Healthy And Strong
How to keep your dog's teeth clean is a real challenge under any circumstances. So this article will be focused on dog tartar remover and looking after your dog's teeth, ensuring that they are healthy and strong? I mean, we humans always make sure to take good care of ours…
By: Donna11 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 23, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Training Your Boxer Puppy
Training a boxer puppy is not that of a hard work and it even could be a wonderful thing as Boxers are normally extremely friendly, family companion dogs and easy to train. Boxers got a unique and outstanding blend of playful and happy personality, high intelligence, and flexibility. They are…
By: Daniel39 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 4265    Report this Article