Let’s face it — dogs are irresistible. They might bark incessantly if the doorbell rings, rip apart your favourite pairs of shoes, get into the kitchen cupboard and toss a bag of flour all over the house or hunt down critters to drop off on your doorstep like some kind of creepy sacrifice, but once they stare at you with those big, round eyes, their soft ears flopped back, and tilt their head in that adorable way then it’s over. You don’t stand a chance.
Now, make that a loving, obedient corgi that is training to become a therapy dog, and has the ability to sniff out a stranger’s pain? It’s almost more than we can stand.
Madison Palm was travelling from Idaho to Alaska with her dog, Cora, when they found themselves at the Seattle airport for a lengthy layover. As they were waiting, Cora wandered off and sat next to a man several feet away. Madison watched him pet the dog and take a photo of her, but then, fearing Cora was being a nuisance, she went over to fetch her. But she needn’t have worried.
“I asked him if she was bothering him,” Palm told Today. “And with a sombre face and watery eyes he said, ‘No, no. I lost my dog last night.'” And Cora just knew.
Madison posted about the encounter on Facebook, adding, “I’ve never had a doubt that Cora can sense those who are hurting and those who need companionship and love. She is a natural born therapy dog in every way. I am so blessed to call her my dog.”
What might be most special about Madison and Cora’s relationship is how it came to be. Today reports that Palm rescued her after learning her previous owners were going to give her away. The dog, while in their “care” for years, was underfed, had never been to the vet, and was kept outside for almost her entire life. “But her personality was, and is, sweet and loving,” Palm said.
“I am blown away by her on a daily basis,” Madison added. “Who knew a dog who was unloved for seven and a half years could have so much love to give? I can’t change her past but I’m doing everything I can to make up for it.” And the results don’t lie. Cora is truly a gift that needs to be shared. Plus, we can stare at that face all day.