That is the crux of Rex Harrison's impassioned plea on behalf of animals as Dr. Doolittle in the 1967 eponymous film. His point is that animals are wonderful creatures capable of so much, and yet humans treat them as little more than beasts (while often acting beastly themselves). While I do not claim to be able to talk to animals in a coherent manner (not matter how much I coo at my cat), I do believe they are able to tell us a great deal if we'd just listen. In the following stories I found, animals play a big role in either helping out humans or bringing out the humanity in them.
App.com tells of a Chihuahua that quite literally saved its owner's life when the pair got lost on a walk in the woods and was forced to sleep outdoors. The dog kept the woman from hypothermia by sleeping on her legs. (app.com)
This short video from ABC 7 in North Dakota shows a pair of men who, in the midst of trying to combat the Red River flooding, took time to save a squirrel being swept away on an ice floe. Squirrels are everywhere and people often don't give them a second thought, particularly in the middle of a crisis. So it's a nice thought these two men would save a small little furry guy in addition to their neighbors' homes.
KXLY.com reports on another incident that would make Dr. Doolittle proud. In Washington state, the ice on the lakes is finally thawing for spring. Unfortunately that is something a moose didn't bank on while taking a walk through the woods. A 911 call from neighbors brought in animal rescue, which worked very hard to pull the animal to shore. Through these people's efforts, it looks like the moose will make it. : )
A bipedal dog named Faith has conquered her birth defect to become an inspiration to wounded soldiers and now helps find unwanted pets homes. Born to a chow bred for fighting, Faith has learned to walk on her hind legs - the only ones she has. Now she tours military bases to brighten the days of soldiers who have been wounded in combat. (mineralwellsindex.com)
One little PS... The photo above is of Legend a pit bull/American bull dog mix who lived at the shelter where I volunteer for quite some time. The shelter is not no-kill, so as time continued to go I was very worried about my little-big guy. But in some good news of my own, I came in one day to find a note "from" Legend saying he'd been adopted and now lived in Vermont.