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Remembering The Dogs of The Titanic

April 15th marked 108 years since the famed “unsinkable ship” sunk to the ocean floor on its maiden voyage to America. But, did you know there were at least 12 dogs aboard the Titanic?

The Dogs of the Titanic

It is suspected that many more dogs were on board that day, but because they were listed as cargo in the ship’s records, most details have been lost. It has been said that Titanic had excellent kennel facilities, even planning a dog show for April 15th, 1912, the very day that the ship disappeared below the ocean’s surface in the very early morning hours.

While the world is remembering the tragic events of April 14th and 15th, we’re taking a moment to honor and remember the dogs of the Titanic.

As reported by, of the 12 confirmed dogs on the Titanic, only 3 survived the shipwreck – all of which were small dogs, 2 Pomeranian and 1 Pekingese, easily hidden inside a blanket or coat and carried into the limited space on lifeboats.

One Pomeranian named Lady, who was bought by Miss Margaret Hays while in Paris, shared the cabin with and was wrapped in a blanket by Miss Hays when the order was given to evacuate.

The Rothschilds owned the second surviving Pomeranian, and the Pekingese, named Sun Yat-Sen, was brought on board by the Harpers of the N.Y. publishing firm, Harper & Row.

Captain Smith on Titanic's deck with a dog, possibly his own.

Captain Smith on Titanic’s deck with a dog, possibly his own.

The ship’s captain, Capt. Smith, has been seen photographed on board Titanic with his dog, a large Russian Wolfhound named Ben. However, Ben only spent one night on the ship, before it left the dock, and was returned home to Capt. Smith’s daughter.

In a particularly touching account, one passenger, 50-year old Ann Elizabeth Isham, was said to have visited her Great Dane in the ship’s kennels daily. At one point, Isham was seated in a life boat, but when told that her dog was too large to join her, she exited the boat. Her body was found several days later, clutching onto her dog in the icy waters.

Only first class passengers were permitted to bring dogs on board the ship. A few of those passengers were, Helen Bishop and her Toy Poodle named Frou-Frou, millionaire John Jacob Astor and his Airedale named Kitty, Robert Daniel and his French Bulldog, Gamin de Pycombe, William Carter and his family brought along two dogs – a King Charles Spaniel and an Airedale, Harry Anderson was joined by his Chow-Chow (aptly named Chow-Chow), and many other 4-legged passengers who remain unknown, including a Fox Terrier named simply, Dog.

A photo of dogs on the Titanic. A dozen dogs were confirmed to be aboard; three small dogs survived. (Photo courtesy of Widener University)

Helen Bishop survived the Titanic, later reporting that her dog, Frou-Frou latched onto her dress with his teeth when she left him in their cabin. She reportedly said, “The loss of my little dog hurt me very much. I will never forget how he dragged on my clothes. He so wanted to accompany me.”

John Jacob Astor IV, his wife Madeleine, and their dog, Kitty, about the board the fated ship. John and Kitty did not survive.

John Jacob Astor IV, his wife Madeleine, and their dog, Kitty, about to board the fated ship. John and Kitty did not survive. (via

In a fortunate turn of events, one passenger, Charles Moore of Washington, DC, had planned to transport up to 100 English Foxhounds via the Titanic, but made arrangements on a different vessel at the last minute. Two other dogs avoided disaster when they disembarked with their owners at Cherbourg, the ship’s first stop after leaving Southampton.

Ships have kept cats on board dating back to ancient times. Mostly for their ability to catch mice and rats, but also to provide companionship and camaraderie for sailors away from home for long periods of time. And yes, Titanic was no exception. She had a ship cat named Jenny. Read all about the Titanic’s ship-cat, Jenny, right here.

It’s hard to imagine being any part of this terrible tragedy, even harder to imagine having to make the decision to leave your dog when the ship began to sink… Would you have been able to do it?




  1. Stef

    Oct 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    The stinging ice water, subsequent freezing, eventual paralysis and death, doesnt even compare to the pain I would live with if I left my dogs behind. Just thinking about their panicked faces as I left them on a chaotic sinking ship brings me to tears. We go together if we have to 🙁

    • Bodhi

      Dec 3, 2018 at 11:10 am

      I agree. I have a tiny little Pekingese that is identical to the one that Marilyn Monroe took a photo with and I would have hidden him in my coat and left everything else behind or would have drowned with him. I would never leave him. He cries when he is not with me. Someone badly abused him as a puppy and he became very vicious and fearful as a result and was going to be euthanized until the veterinarian called me and I offered to adopt him and work with him. He is the sweetest and funniest little dog now. I would never abandon him again. Never.

  2. Jeanie M

    Oct 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I don't think everyone is reading all of the comments before commenting themselves. This is crazy. There wasn't any question of saving a dog instead of a human. It was mass confusion, no one knew what was going on until it was too late. The life boats were launching half filled, with passengers who, in the beginning were told it was just a formality and they would be right back. It was the arrogance of the captain, who really did think the ship was unsinkable, the poor planning, the lack of other ships believing they were sinking and not coming to the rescue, the chaos. It was hell. Dogs died, just as people did, in all of that. Families were split up. Even the survivors lost. We should grieve for all of them.

    • Bob Metz

      Apr 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      The Captain was not arrogant based on points you make.The fauslt lies with the designers and owners of the Titantic. First believing an vessel is unsinkable. Second, insisting and approving shortcuts and the use of inferior construction materials and methods in the building and launching of an “unsinkable” vessel…Third, approving the installation of an insufficient number of lifeboats for the numbers of passengers and personnel onboard on any sailing…

  3. Jen Struk

    Feb 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Never in a million years could I leave my dogs behind on a sinking ship. They are like children to me, definately huge part of our family. It would be like leaving behind my 10 yr old daughter to drown and freeze to death wondering why I left her. The guilt would kill me. I would not want to live. Helen Bishops story angers me. Her dog was a toy poodle, tiny enough to be hidden inside her dress or coat or wrapped in a blanket like a baby, as the Pomeranian Puppy was. How could she do it? And Elizabeth Ishams story is heartwrenching. She simply could not leave her Great Dane behind and was found dead with her frozen arms still clutching her beloved dog. It is shameful she is listed as her body never having been recovered, and buried in an unmarked grave in Canada when there is clear evidence of eye witness accounts that she had the only Great Dane on board, that she visited him daily in the kennels and that she left her spot in a lifeboat to go retrieve her dog when told he was too big to be put on a lifeboat. She was the only owner to bravely stay behind with her beloved dog. And furthermore, I feel it is an absolute atrocity that they indeed have record of finding her with her arms frozen around a Great Dane, but only retrieved her body, listed as an unknown woman, and left the dog behind to rot in the ocean. They should have been buried together, returned to her family. She gave her own LIFE to stay behind with her beloved companion, to comfort him so he would not be floundering around that ship or drowning in icey water without the comfort of knowing his Mama was right there with him. Even if they didnt know who they were at the time, the woman clearly loved her dog and should have been buried with him. IT breaks my heart. I do believe that is her Great Dane in the photo with the 3 dogs tied to the ships rail, above. He is the big one behind the bulldog to the right. A handsome boy, and a very loved dog. It is a shame they did not allow the dogs on the lifeboats, most of them were not big enough to take up a humans seat and could have been stuffed into their owners jackets for warmth, or held on their laps, or at their feet. Dogs are warm in outdoor weather longer because of their fur. They could have snuggled them for warmth in the lifeboats or even ised them to help warm those pulled from the water. There were more than enough spots for those dogs and so many more people, not to mention they were left to sink by the Californian and the Mystery Ship that passengers saw and Capt Smith signaled. It is just a disaster that should not have happened for so many reasons. Elizabeth Isham is my hero and I will never forget what she did and how brave she was.

    • Mark

      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      @Jen Struk I couldn't have said it any better….100% agreed with ALL you said!

    • Lisa

      Apr 25, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Jen, I could not have said it better myself!! I agree with you 100%!! There is zero chance that I would ever ever leave my furry family behind to die a miserable death!! I just couldn't do it!! I would have been out in that ocean with my arms locked around my Rottweiler and my Pit Bull and at least we would have had the comfort of being together as we walked into the gates of Heaven!!

  4. Manas

    Nov 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I guess dogs are not taken in lifeboats while the total amount of lifeboats were short for passengers. How badly dogs died. Some even couldn’t try to swim.

  5. Sarah

    Jul 26, 2016 at 1:40 am

    well this make me feel sad a little bit

  6. Cody

    May 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Helen Bishop… the trailer trash of first class.

    The dog should have lived, she should have period.


  7. Rose Ann

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I would have never taken any of my animals because I would have been afraid something would happen…

    • Jeanie M

      Oct 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      But the Titanic was supposed to be "unsinkable".

  8. Essie Marquez

    Feb 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I would never have been able to leave my dog – god bless Anne Elizabeth Isham for not leaving her dog behind and choosing to stay with him … I could never live with the image of my dog trying to stay with me in such a desperate situation like Frou Frou – NEVER … dogs sense human emotions loud and clear and those dog would have been panicking … I could never let my dogs die alone … RIP to the loyal companions that died lonely in the bitter waters … your story makes me feel more sad than the death of the humans …

    • Marianne Zito

      Apr 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

      I would never leave my pets they are my family I would go down with the ship if I could not bring my dogs

    • Rufus Piddlepad

      Apr 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Yes, the pampered first class dogs faced a struggle that the thousands of third class human trash could never understand. Better that 500 destitute Irish and Scandinavians drown belowdecks than a single Pomeranian with a miniature hat touch its paw pads to the water!

      • Sneakers O'Toole

        Apr 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        Hey there, Marianne, Rufus is spot on…my entire family tree lost several branches when the 3rd class passengers weren’t allowed above decks so they could board life boats…first class women, children, and canines first, and dang the Irish.

        I’m not taking my sneakers off, I am Sneakers O’Toole.

        • Roberta

          Apr 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

          It was not canines first, the article said there were 12 dogs and only 3 survived and they only survived because they were hidden in blankets. There were other animals too that died. The animals were not put first, they must have very scared just as the people were.

        • Jennifer

          May 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

          I think you have a very appropriate surname.

      • Roberta

        Apr 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

        We all know that it was a tragedy that so many people died, the point of the article was to mention the dogs that also died. No one is saying it was better that people in third class died.

      • Jennifer

        May 4, 2017 at 9:09 pm

        You're an idiot. There was plenty of room in those lifeboats for a few dogs; they were sending them off half filled. No way would I have left my dogs and the people in the lifeboats would have had to move their fat arses on over. And if I had a large dog and they wouldn't let me on with it, I'd go dress it up in a dress and hat with a veil: meet my elderly granny who I have to carry in my arms because she is sickly. Not sorry.

      • Aj

        Jun 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        The humans had far more chance of survival than the dogs. The humans could find another route out or overpower staff stopping them. The dogs and other animals had no chance being in locked cages. So the suffering of the animals is worse tbh.

  9. ALAN

    Jan 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm


  10. Carla Powers

    Dec 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

    As well as the dogs and cats, there were a number of birds aboard. Ella Holmes White of New York brought four roosters and hens, which were probably kept in or near the F Deck dog kennels. She had imported them from France with the intention of improving her poultry stock at home. Another woman was said to have brought 30 cockerels aboard, and Elizabeth Ramel Nye brought her yellow canary. Two dogs and a canary disembarked with the passengers who left the ship at Cherbourg, Titanic‍ ’​s first port of call after Southampton. The animals travelled on their own tickets; even the canary that left at Cherbourg had to be paid for, to the tune of 25 US cents

  11. Charlene

    Aug 10, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I would never leave a child to die but I have two dogs they r my pride and joy I couldn’t of left to die scared if I were on titanic if they were no way for them to survive then I would died with them and same goes if I had a baby

  12. Charlene

    Aug 10, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Aww the poor dogs they shouldn’t of been allowed on then they wouldn’t of had to died poor animals and kids

    • Jennifer

      Apr 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      They believed the vessel was unsinkable, so of course they would allow dogs and other pets. I cannot fathom the heartlessness of the woman that left her Toy Poodle, even though he was desperately trying to go with her, he could have been bundled into a coat or blanket and saved.

  13. Charlene

    Aug 10, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Aww the poor dogs they shouldn’t of been allowed on then they wouldn’t of had to died poor animals and I could someone leave their animal its all heartbreaking poor kids and animals that died on titanic

  14. Charlene

    Aug 10, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I couldn’t have left my dog I would of died with my dog.animals shouldn’t if been allowed on it anyway I cried when I watched that babies and animals died on titanic it was terrible there should of been a way save the animals and the babies should not have died I believe they should of been saved dog and kids

  15. Skywalker

    May 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    AAHHH the poor dogs that died im tearing up 🙁

  16. Alaskan Klee Kai

    May 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Wow. All those cute dogs….=(

    The amount of research that went into this post is amazing.

  17. Lorna

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Let’s not forget the legendary Rigel, First Officer William Murdock’s Newfoundland dog who saved a life boat of people from being rammed by their rescue ship the Carpathia. the legendary. For more info:

  18. LornaOlitch

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Let’s not forget the legendary dog Rigel, First Officer William Mardock’s
    Newfoundland dog who saved a lifeboat of people from being rammed
    By their rescue ship Carpathia.

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  19. LornaOlitch

    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Let’s not forget the legendary dog Rigel, First Officer William Mardock’s
    Newfoundland dog who saved a lifeboat of people from being rammed
    By their rescue ship Carpathia.

    Learn more: I’d=6026

  20. flamingobird

    Apr 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Does this site not have a monitor? It does seem to me IMHO that it might be helpful to cut down on all this negativeness that has blossomed out of a disagreement of who or what entity should or could be saved and how each of us may choose to go about saving those loved ones that we cherish be they one, two, three, or four legged. This includes the gift from God that are called dog. Everybody who is talking about saving is really talking about their soul mate/s which includes whom ever is most important to an individual and in many cases is both animal and human. Many on the Titanic who made it into a life boat not only left their animals but family and friends they met in lower classes and long term servants who they may have felt agape toward.
    None of this deserves some of the nasty remarks made back and forth that have been so disrespectful rather than just stating what one might want to say about their own belief system. I know for myself the situation on the Titanic would have been very difficult for me. I have crossed the Atlantic by ship four times and I always travel with my family of people and animals so it would have been difficult to leave all the male and animal ones behind. Even on an airplane my pets go with me and if my husband is with me we would both be insistent that all of our pets go with us if we had to evacuate. In the past our three dogs went with us because two are service dogs, one a guide dog and one my service dog for my problems from the Vietnam war. Now that my husband has a new puppy that is in training for a new guide dog would have to go into the baggage area due to her size. We would insist that we be allowed to retrieve her if we knew in advance that we are going down. If not we are all in the same situation of trying to survive. Just like with babies I need to put on my air mask before my child so I can perform the task and not pass out before it is completed. Everyone’s life is complicated and requires individuals choices. Thank you Marie Anne for the article and I want to thank the woman who was the museum representative from NC who gave some very good background about Helen Bishop.

  21. Stephenie

    Apr 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    My dog goes I go with him, he is like a child to me, more kids died on the boat than there were dogs in the boats, sad I know but it is true. Most of the kids were all 3rd class children, again sad but true. Do not punish someone for loving their animal, maybe thats all they had. And to all those who have to be so negative about people loving their animals For example: Less nutjobs in the world cause they went down with the animals, and more. Don’t ever own an animal, cause seems like you wouldn’t really love it.

  22. Paula Shepard

    Apr 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    All those poor dogs-

    I’d be like Ann Isham…..I’d rather die with my dog than leave it behind to die alone…I will NOT leave without my dog…PERIOD! That is the bargain I make when I get a dog and them with me…your life for my life, my life for yours….

  23. Kim C

    Apr 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I’m just wondering how many of the people writing posts actually travel first class, lol?! Most of you wouldn’t have taken your dogs anyway, not being First Class.

  24. Marie Anne

    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I’m the author of the original article/interview that was published on Yahoo News in 2012. Since Yahoo Contributor Network is now defunct, I had permission to republish it elsewhere. You can find it in the link provided as my website. I would appreciate if you would update your article to link to the article in its current location.

  25. Rudolph.A.Furtado

    Apr 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    No mention of any pet cats on the ill-fated ship.

    • CJ1975

      Apr 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Maybe because it’s a dog magazine not a cat magazine?

    • Mechelle

      Apr 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Cats on boats are bad luck. 😉

      • Ashley

        Apr 16, 2015 at 11:53 pm

        Actually… it was a bad sign if the cat LEAVES the ship. Ships in those days were a favored haunt of cats because they had so many pests they could snack on, so naturally sailors encouraged cats to stick around or even brought them aboard for pest control, and as mascots. Titanic probably had at least two cats and we know that one, Jenny, had a litter of kittens aboard.

        However, there is a story about a cat leaving the Titanic and taking her kittens with her when the ship docked in Southhampton to take on passengers and cargo. This cat’s actions at least one potential crewman to hang back and not take a job aboard the ship.

  26. Ine

    Apr 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I would never have left my dog on the ship. Can’t even imagine leaving her scared and alone while I floated safely away. Never!

    • angie

      Apr 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      No way I could leave my dog

    • Chris

      Apr 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

      don’t be such a fuckwit!

  27. sarah

    Apr 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I have four dogs, two are cavaliers, 1 is a chow mix and the other is Newfoundland mix, I would have stayed with them and kept them together, no way would i leave any of my fur babies! I love each one of them..either we all would have made it out alive or we all would’av died.

  28. Dennis Berube

    Apr 13, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I too would save a dog above a person. It is people who have and continue to screw our world up, not dogs. Not just on this ship, but look at how dogs serves us in wars. I am a Vietnam Vet, and know of dogs who laid down their lives for people. They certainly deserve much more than we give them!

    • Iris

      Apr 14, 2015 at 12:35 am

      I salute you for your service. Further, I agree with you about dogs. Dogs are LOVE. People have forgotten how to love and focus on matters of such little importance. Appreciate YOU, Flo [email protected]

    • Michelle

      Apr 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

      So you are saying if you saw a helpless child there needing saving that you would choose a mut over a precious little baby??? You also must be one of thoes people who if they saw a child locked in a hot car would walk on by, but if you saw a mut you would stop and help. You are a sad excuse for a human.

      • The Cat

        Apr 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

        What a stupid comment to make.

        • sharon

          Apr 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

          What a dumb comment to make. What are you doing here anyways?

      • Pantharen

        Apr 15, 2015 at 8:28 am

        @Michelle Animals only know unconditional love, and they dont make ignorant comments like you just did..

        I did 6 tours in Afghanistan in two different conflicts as a contractor to the US Military, and watched many dogs give their life to protect humans..

        Yep, I would save an animal before a human too..

        • Allison

          Apr 16, 2015 at 1:38 pm

          Ditto. Michelle, sorry but you’re an idiot.

      • Judy

        Apr 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm

        You are a idiot.Noone said anything about a child.

      • Slewis

        Apr 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm

        Hey Michelle…. You’re an idiot!

      • Vicki

        Apr 16, 2015 at 12:21 am

        Very ignorant comment. Why would you ever choose? The choice would be to get both of them out.

      • Susan

        Apr 16, 2015 at 2:44 am

        I doubt very much he would ignore a child or any person. He is just saying that there are some many worthless and scummy people out there, whereas dogs have pure souls.

      • Ronda

        Apr 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

        Michelle: Me and mine come before anyone and theirs. Yes, I would choose my “mut” over someone’s child. If you think that makes me a sad excuse for a human, well, that’s your opinion, which you are entitled to. I would damn sure choose my “mut” over you! It’s humans like you why I would save a canine over a human. I love my dogs much more than most humans. My dogs are the ONLY ones I trust totally and completely.

    • angie

      Apr 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Respect ×10

  29. April

    Apr 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    these days, animals are better than most people.

    • Sandy P

      Apr 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Definitely better than most kids.

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  33. Pietr W

    Apr 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I have come across this site quite by accident but feel compelled to leave a message.

    Holy Cow – you magnificent bastard !! Your logic and humanity is a breath of fresh air in this crazy age. I salute you, sir or madam. Well done….you may have a seat in my lifeboat anytime.

    • Kath

      Apr 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Pietre W whatever you call yourself. What’s this ganging up crap? Another knob saving another knob!!! Haha laughable!!! Two dicks on a chocolate raft more like!!! You fail to understand what the article was really about!! You have taken it too personal and obviously feel the need to try and verbally protect the insecure people who you side with!! Do you feel big now and understood? Keep quiet before you look an even bigger pillock!!! Remember this, the humans chose to go on the titanic! The dogs had no choice!! And there weren’t many of them. So it wasn’t like there were 101 dogs barking and ripping at people’s heels trying to get on the rescue boat!!! Don’t let your ego show you up by taking out your insecurities on innocent animals!!

      • Holy cow

        Apr 18, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Why do you keep moving the goalposts? None of my comments are about the article, they were a response to other commenters who said they would save their dogs over other humans.

        And where do you get insecurity from my posts? Are you projecting?

      • angie

        Apr 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        You said it. Dogs don’t ask for a lot if horrible things that happen to them. They are the victims of what humans do to them . I would have been found with my dog wherever that may be.

  34. Nik

    Apr 16, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    You animal haters on here are not only making fools of yourselves but a total mockery of the tragic incident that took place. Look, if you don’t like dogs. Fine, that’s on you. If you disagree with us saying that we love our dogs like our children. Fine, that’s on you too. But you all need to just move on your merry ways and leave it alone. People can agree to disagree (discretely and respectfully) but the way you uneducated, inbred parasites come on here and put others down, is sick. You obviously have no respect for life other than yourselves and THIS is why the world is the way it is today. The “ME” generation. Seriously, just go huff some paint thinner and take a nap.

    • Holy cow

      Apr 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

      I’m pretty sure you’ve misrepresented me completely. Let’s take it line by line:

      You animal haters on here are not only making fools of yourselves but a total mockery of the tragic incident that took place.

      I am not an animal hater. And I am commenting on those who say that dogs are more important than humans, not the Titanic

      Look, if you don’t like dogs. Fine, that’s on you.

      I love dogs. Stop saying I don’t.

      If you disagree with us saying that we love our dogs like our children. Fine, that’s on you too.

      No one is saying you don’t.

      But you all need to just move on your merry ways and leave it alone.

      why? Why do I have to do what you say?

      People can agree to disagree (discretely and respectfully)

      yes they can

      but the way you uneducated, inbred parasites come on here and put others down, is sick.

      LOLOLOL. This is priceless, right after you say “respectfully” Pot, meet kettle.

      You obviously have no respect for life other than yourselves and THIS is why the world is the way it is today.

      This is the primary reason I am responding. The reason the world is the way it is today is because of people who have no ability to reason, no basis for morality, and no common sense. People who think with their emotions and therefore truly believe a dog is equal to a human because they want it so bad. Wishful thinking.

      • Jackeee

        Apr 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

        People who believe that a dog is of equal value of life to a human lack common sense and the ability to reason? What gave you so much power? You do realize we are all just animals, all living things share 98% of the same DNA. But typical self centered egotistical guy who believes HIS KIND is most important. Your truly like a racist believing your the best for no reason other than that’s what you are.

        You can come back and say humans lives are more important because we contribute to society. Actually, we are destroying our society. We are the only living things not participating in a food chain, we are dominating it, polluting our earth, and covering up every inch of land we can find.

        So tell me again, why are humans lives more important?
        Are we not just all animals?

        P.S. Maybe it’s people like you that make others consider savings their dogs over a person like you.

        • beanyncecil

          Apr 13, 2015 at 10:43 am

          I agree. Those three damn dogs may have caused a child to lose his or her life. I don’t want to hurt animals. But people before animals. Why is that so hard to understand?

          • Judy

            Apr 15, 2015 at 2:34 pm

            Those babies had mothers to save them. And the hordes of other humans (and ypu know what, even then people chose to be saved instead of giving up their seat for other innocents so humans are pretty sh*tty coming out of the gate). The dogs had their owners and probably no one else. And it was the fault of people more people were not saved. So get off your high horse. We are all animals on this Earth and all our lives are worth equal…

          • Stephenie

            Apr 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

            I would have gone down with my dog. Give my seat to someone else. And to those who pretty much said leave the dog (beanyncecil) then forget you, how many kids didn’t survive? more than 3. Its sad that kids, women and even men died but don’t blame a dog owner. My dog IS my child and I would certainly try and take him with me if not I would stay behind with him.

        • Susan

          Apr 16, 2015 at 2:47 am

          Jackee, you are saying that we are all animals, yet you believe that humans are higher. You are contradicting yourself, it seems.

      • Dee L

        Apr 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

        No, you are what makes this world shitty. A$$

      • angie

        Apr 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        Mine are better then a lot if humans I’ve met. We are their guardians, their keepers. They would die to protect us without hesitation

    • beanyncecil

      Apr 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Sure, it’s hating animals to believe a child’s life is more important than that of a dog. Delusional!

  35. Deirdre OBrien

    Apr 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    i would not of left my faithful friend and companion on the ship with out me. I like the others on this site all love our dogs.

    • gretta lucas

      Apr 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      when it comes to my dog; you jump, I jump.

  36. Gamias

    Apr 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Whoever says that “an animal’s life is less than a human” deserves to be hit by a meteorite, while being impaled on a rusty iron bar, that its sizzling hot!

    Selfish bastards…

    • awesome sauce

      Apr 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      If I am still living after this ridiculous attack, can I go to the nearest hospital built by and staffed by dogs?

    • Holy cow

      Apr 17, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Anyone who says an animal’s life is equal or greater than a human’s is a flipping idiot. A moral midget.

      Scenario: A kid you don’t know and your puppy are about to be run over by a truck. You can only save one. Anyone who says they would save their puppy over a kid is either insane, or evil. Or both. There’s a word for people who have no regard for other people. Sociopaths.

      And none of this means I don’t love my dog dearly. I do. I just know it’s a dog. Not a human.

      • beanyncecil

        Apr 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

        You are so right.

      • Stephenie

        Apr 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Oh my such a crime to want to choose their own dog, first you put a person in a situation where they have to pick and choose, a random kid or THEIR dog, that is cruel.

      • Linda

        Apr 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Then I must be, in your words, “insane or evil”, because I would certainly save my family member over some random stranger. If I could save the kid after I saved my dog, I would, but my family comes first. I can honestly say that none of my pets has ever disappointed, betrayed or let me down…can’t say that for humans.

      • moonshine

        Apr 20, 2015 at 2:18 am

        I know my Miniature Boxer fur kid and know he has nothing in him but LOVE the random that I dont know that you would have me choose over my lover of a furkid and this is my reverse spin back at you you save the kid and loose your four legged friend that would die for you and never did anything but bring joy to you and others now the kid goes on to high school toating a arsenal of guns and bullets and takes out the teacher that lives across the street from you and children from your neighborhood that you have babysat over the years or maybe your child and all this before taking his own life “Sociopath” ” I think not” “KARAMA” MAYBE!!!!!

    • Dana

      Apr 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I love all my animals like children, but considering the times of the titanic, the poor were scum compared to first class. Considering such a drastic situation in the times it happened in, it leaves me unsettled that the first class were a priority to get off the boat as it is…and that their animals were over other humans…thats no disrespect to the dogs, its disrespect to the first class.

  37. Dave right on 2

    Apr 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    If you would die because you couldn’t take your pet with you, I applaud you. The more of you nutjobs that expire the better.

    • Sammie

      Apr 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      “”If you would die because you couldn’t take your pet with you, I applaud you. The more of you nutjobs that expire the better.””

      And you wonder why people value animals over people sometimes? LOOK in the mirror

    • Stephenie

      Apr 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Yup and you are one more nutjob we don’t need. Don’t judge someone cause they love something living. Lets put you in that situation and see how fast you change your mind.

  38. Luna Tick

    Apr 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    When push comes to shove, I’d wager my life savings that most here would leave their dogs. Humans are humans – Selfish.

  39. Eurocat

    Apr 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Wait the Titanic was a real ship? 4Reelz? I thought it was just a movie.

  40. Bill Webb

    Apr 16, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I once caught two dogs mating on my ranch. Good news- I machine-gunned them. Bad news- There were only 2 of them

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

      No actually there was one asshole too… who used the Gun on them….I wish you was in front of me I would have put the longgggggg bamboo in your ass and would have taken out the other end from your mouth.

      Then might be you will know what pain really is.

      • Dave right on 2

        Apr 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        Do you speak from prior knowledge?

      • Bill Webb

        Apr 16, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        hahahahahaha 3rd world justice from the pansies who wear silk pajamas out on the street.

      • GC

        Apr 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm

        Bhuwan, can I watch? LOL! Bill Webb is one of those arrogant, mean-spirited pathological idiots that we unfortunately have to share the planet with. He blows away two dogs with his “machine gun” because they were screwing on his “ranch”?? Believe me, without his gun…he is nothing. Most of us know the type, because their biggest pleasure is revealing themselves. Self hate.

    • Esme

      Apr 17, 2014 at 4:38 am

      I’m not sure why it is so important for the animal hating sub culture to raise its ugly head here. no one is pretending useless hateful humans exist. we know you exist. can’t avoid you even here. see if i had a gun and a no trespass right to kill whatever entered onto my property i’d send out invitations only to specific sludge. How about the animal haters switch from hating and killing pets to wondering why there is an actual person walking this planet and commenting that they had no idea the titanic wasn’t just a tragic romance movie. Ignorance abounds.

    • Scorpio 9

      Apr 15, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      Were you JEALOUS ???? you nasty prick.

    • Susan

      Apr 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Bill Webb, your an idiot and I’ll bet Karma does/has visited you more than once!

  41. Kelly

    Apr 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    People who don’t love animals, don’t love humans! And I am a careworker for people who also loves animals to the heart, so some people just have to shut up!

    • Gail

      Apr 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      absolutely…..I most certainly would not leave my cat behind……cat/dog….love them all

    • GC

      Apr 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      They won’t, Kelly. It’s their only claim to “fame” and all it will ever be.

  42. meat

    Apr 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Always bring a dog on the lifeboat. Their protein could sustain life for the survivors for an extra few days.

    • Luna Tick

      Apr 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Oh my God! This is so offensive……

      ….That you wouldn’t think to bring a small gas stove along as well!

      • meat

        Apr 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

        I was being serious. No greater sacrifice for a beloved family member than to give their life so that others may live. We should celebrate them as heros, naming schools, roads and buildings after them for their gift to others.

        • BBear

          Apr 16, 2014 at 10:52 am


          • buckeye in georgia

            Apr 16, 2014 at 11:26 am


        • Bhuwan Anand

          Apr 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

          Yeah, If I was on that life boat I would have thrown you and your beloved family member ass off the boat so that other may live.But don’t worry I will name Dustbin, LOO area after your family name just for your gift to others.

        • darklea

          Apr 17, 2014 at 12:49 am

          amazing how quick we are to offer to sacrifice an innocent who cannot defend themselves,,and it is not a sacrifice if we do it, it’s called murder..
          This is so typically American and ignorant, you reflect the ignorance and greed of the government, they have done their job well.
          I would guess that after you murder the dog, you you would pick the baby or child since they are defenseless, or maybe the minority?
          do you have any respect for life other than your own??which to me is totally not worth saving..unless of course you were needed for food.

          • Holy cow

            Apr 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

            LOL “murder”
            The definition of murder is killing another human being.
            Dogs are not human beings. I am not a animal hater. I love my dog.

            But Dogs are not equal to or better than humans. And your strawman is ridiculous. I am NOT talking about dogs because they are defenseless. I am saying they ARE NOT HUMANS BEINGS. I would say the same about any animal being substituted for a human.

            You are the hater. You are the one accusing me of being a murderer, a racist, and that I should be killed for food. I am merely stating that as a human being, our first priority is saving other human beings. I am shocked, dismayed, and downright disgusted that there are people who believe that animals should take precedence over human beings. I cannot fathom that thought process at all.

    • Mark

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I’ve never tried any of those trendy ethnic foods, like Chinese.

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Yeah bcoz shit like you can’t give protien, what all you can give is just shit.

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Yeah bcoz shit like you can’t give protien, what all you can give is just shit..

  43. Proud Dog Mom

    Apr 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Shame on ALL of you for turning this into a philosophical argument, just like everything else on the internet. Especially you, “Holy Cow.” This is a memorial piece, and for you to demand everyone’s attention for what you would do in a similar situation is deplorable. No one cares how horrible you think wanting to save a dog is. This article is for remembering the humans and four-footed friends lost that day, and NOTHING else. Stop trying to be a keyboard warrior and martyr…it just makes you a loser.

    • Three Dog Mom

      Apr 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

      I wandered onto the comments after reading what I thought was an interesting article about history and found all of this…. what? I don’t even know what to call it. My dogs have been there for me when people have failed me. Would I let one of them drown alone? No. Would I demand that others do as I would? No. Why engage the people who apparently don’t have much going on in their lives or heads? Put them on a “do not adopt to” list and ignore them.

  44. Christina

    Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I think you need to ban Bryce and Holy cow from this thread. They’re spreading negativity and hate for no reason and if you believe that human beings are more important than every other animal on the planet then you have some /serious/ issues.

    • Kelly

      Apr 16, 2014 at 10:45 am


    • Gail

      Apr 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Serious issues indeed…….Take a moment and think about all the bad things that go on in this world……now, take another moment to realize that those bad things that happen are ALWAYS at the hands of a Human Being……not at the paws of animals……I would never leave my pet behind either…..but I’ll tell ya right now, there are definitely some humans that wouldn’t get anywhere near my lifecraft…….Many thoughts to the people and 4 legged friends that perished on that dreadful night….Woof Woof Meow !!!~

      • Katie

        Apr 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

        I think it’s safe to say that a lot of BAD THINGS do happen at the paws and mouths of many animals. They kill each other for food all day, everyday. They’ve also been known to kill people for food. I know some amazing people who do wonderful things for the world, make wonderful contributions to society, build families, help needed people and animals, etc. Has your dog done anything for the greater good or do you just like him a lot? Should one of those wonderful people die so you can like your dog for a few more years?

        • krista

          Apr 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

          There are dogs that also do wonderful things for society. Maybe you’ve heard of them. They’re called service dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, military dogs, police dogs, bomb sniffing dogs.

    • Holy cow

      Apr 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

      LOL, Advocating that animals are the equal of humans. And *I* am the one with issues? You realize your position is completely untenable, right?

      Explain how your pets have equal rights to you…

      Explain then how your pets differ from wildlife/farm animals…

      Explain then how they differ from fish or insects or bacteria…

      where is the cutoff?

    • GC

      Apr 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Please include Bill Webb in the ban. He speaks for himself and he is a rude old codger.

  45. Holy cow

    Apr 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I can kind of understand that one might love their pet so much that they would choose to stay with them and go down with the ship rather than abandon the pet. Kind of.

    But anyone who suggests that a dog’s life is more important or even equal to a human’s life is a moral idiot.

    You want to die with your pet? Go for it, no one’s stopping you.

    You want to let me die?
    Or one of my children die?

    To save your DOG?!?!?!?

    You are deranged, deluded and downright evil. Anyone who would make that choice in real life should (and would) be prosecuted, and, if there is a hell, would be destined to spend eternity there.

    • Shari

      Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Call me deranged but I would not hesitate to let you and your children die for my dog.

      • Holy cow

        Apr 15, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        You are deranged. And evil.

        • darklea

          Apr 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

          are you kidding me??i would offer you and your children up as sacrifice for food,,lol, i hear children are extra tender..

      • Maria

        Apr 16, 2014 at 4:17 am

        I couldn’t agree more

        • kim

          Apr 16, 2014 at 6:25 am

          i also totally agree with this

      • Gamias

        Apr 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        Shari! I’m with you on this one…

        • Gail

          Apr 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

          I’m with Shari and Gamias,

          Holy Cow, it is people like you that make us Animal lovers stand behind our decisions to save our pets instead of yourself……You are the reason the world is the way it is today…..and if your kids are anything like what you’ve portrayed in your comments here, then they would be doing the “Doggy Paddle” right beside you while my Doggy was sitting beside me en route to shore…….Woof Woof

    • Dawn

      Apr 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Why are you so upset? I didn’t see stated anywhere in this article that a dog’s life is more important than a human’s or that anyone was forced, or even asked, to give up his/her life or the life of another for a dog. In the future, you should read an article in its entirety before you go making an angry ass of yourself.

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 5:19 am

      We will see who go to hell….this planet belongs to everyone and everyone has a right to live….and we can understand you love your life more than anyone else but I think you keep such thought to yourself and no one has asked here for your suggestions.If we humans has become Dominate life form of this planet the it does mean we see every other creature on this planet beneath us.

      If nature has choosen us to be smarter then we should use it for the betterment of other life forms instead of killing them abusing them or specially eating them.

      We can undertsand that you love your children, your family and they deserve to live…..but what would you say for those who can’t speak and does even stand a chance to live… even they have a soul.

      • pat dupree

        Apr 16, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        ” If you think your life means more than other lives , keep it to yourself ” and ” If humans are the smartest species , then we should use that for the good of other species ” . Bhuwan Anand , I wish I had said that . You , sir / maam , are intelligent AND compassionate . Good for you ! I hope to meet you in heaven one day .

      • Holy cow

        Apr 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

        So….every animal has a right to live…

        Even insects?

        Even bacteria?

        How do you handle cats catching mice? Don’t mice have the right to live? Doesn’t that make cats MURDERERS..

        You are a fool.

    • kim

      Apr 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

      dogs are family fullstop. i would never leave a dog behind, they are living but the only difference is they dont have a voice. its so shameful that there is such horrible people on this earth that would leave a poor dog behind. id do anything for my furbabies.

    • Luna Tick

      Apr 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

      What a bunch of loons.

      What if you were in an accident and you find out that someone saved their dog instead of your child, mother, or spouse?

      • Bhuwan Anand

        Apr 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

        Who did the accident you Idiot….Humans not animals….We are the one who always come in their way not they who come in our way.

        Noone is saying here that Dog are superior than Human.

        In life, everyone is equal and has place & dignity and we should respect everyone and it’s applicable for Humans also who even do partiality on the basis of class, racism or standards and not even loyal to their own kind.

        and for your knowledge I will ask them to save even My Dog like they will save my child My mother or my spouse.

        Bcoz even they have a soul and they feel the pain too and no one like the pain.

        • Bhuwan Anand

          Apr 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

          and Dog is the only animal who loves you more than he loves himself even in that situation when your own blood leaves you…no matter what is the situtaion they will stay with you always when you asshole child leaves.

    • Katie

      Apr 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Totally agree with you Holy Cow!!

      Some person must have done something really awful to these people for them to feel that a human life, more importantly a child’s life, is of less importance than their pet.

      I’d suggest any of you that feel that way seek some mental help.

    • Linda

      Apr 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      You say that you would do anything to save yourself and your kids. Fine, that’s understandable and I respect that. But don’t call me names (“deranged, deluded and downright evil”) for making the same choice for my family. And my dogs are my family. I feel that I am just as entitled to save my family as you are, full stop. Would you throw someone else or their kid out of the boat just so that you could shove your own kid on there? Because that’s the impression that I’m getting from you. I wouldn’t throw you or your kids out to make room for me and my dog(s)…if there wasn’t room, we’d die together. But neither would I let you throw me and my family out of the lifeboat to make room for you.

    • magzi

      Apr 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Holy macro! To think that humans are superior to animals is absurd! Animals don’t kill each other in the name of religion, do they? They don’t poison the environment they live in, do they? They don’t sell themselves or kill for money, do they?
      You value your family that consists of children, rightfully so. I value my family that consists of people and dogs, rightfully so. You’d risk your life to save your kids. I’d risk my life to save my dogs. We’re all different, we value different things.
      However, nobody and nothing will ever convince me that humans are better than animals. On the contrary, based on our behaviors, we are the INFERIOR species.

  46. Just sean

    Apr 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    When hurricanes Katrina hit our city, we were ordered to evacuate. We live 1/2 block off the water, we had at the time 10 cats with kittens. We stayed where we were, shelters did not allow pets, and we were not about to leave them alone and afraid, to fend for themselves. We made do as best we could and all survived, but I would never have left them alone and afraid…never.

    • magzi

      Apr 15, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      : ))))

  47. Kath

    Apr 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Bryce!! For some people, dogs are their children. What makes you feel that a humans selfish ass has more right over a dogs ass on a seat in the rescue boat. If I had the chance to take my dog with me in any situation, I’d make damn sure that you or anyone else wouldn’t grab the seat before him. Survival of the fittest you see. And when faced with these very tragic situations, it’s a case of grab it first!!! There’s no time to decide who gets what or not! Dogs are family and have just as much right to be rescued as the next person or kid if you like. It’s not for people like you to decide on who gives up their seat. You cannot compare. If your arse was as big as your gob then you’d have been kicked off first anyway!!

    • Holy cow

      Apr 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I’m sorry Kath, you are wrong. Dogs do NOT have as much right to be rescued as humans do. In fact, dogs have no right to be rescued. Dogs get in line after ALL the humans are rescued. Then, and ONLY, then, would you think about dogs. And if you were preventing my child from getting on a life boat so your DOG could survive, either your dog or you (or both) would be getting off the lifeboat for my child.

      • Nikki

        Apr 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        Holy cow, go away and go spew your “logic” to people who think the same way as you. This is a DOG LOVER thread. It’s obvious that you aren’t one so therefore you are wasting your breath. Cheers!

        • Holy cow

          Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm

          I said nothing about my love of dogs. I simply said people who value dog’s lives over people’s lives are moral idiots, deranged, and evil.

          • Nikki

            Apr 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

            And you know what, we could all say the same thing about your views. Go start a keyboard war with someone who likes to engage with you. Bye bye now.

          • Maria

            Apr 16, 2014 at 4:23 am

            Holy cow how would you like to be thrown out of the boat if you were with some politicians because they think that they are more important than you and your child?

          • Bhuwan Anand

            Apr 16, 2014 at 4:55 am

            My dear friend I think you seriously need doctor help and I think you should see your doctor soon and people like you who think that your life is more important than any other living being on this planet….it’s no where written that Humans are above then any other life form on this planet every living form deserves and have a rights to live like Humans have….those Dogs did not ask for tickets to be on Titanic they were brought by Humans there……anything which is alive feels the pain and noone likes the pain my friend

          • Bhuwan Anand

            Apr 16, 2014 at 5:29 am

            Who said that only Human deserve to live and no one else it’s not about Dog’s life only, it’s about every living form on this planet. We will see when only Human will left on this planet and no other living form will be left to keep the ecological balance of Earth.

            It us only who is kiling earth and like virus whereever we go, we just wrath the things instead of preserving them.

            Every living form is made by nature to keep the ecological balance well but it us who is killing and disbalancing it.

      • Kath

        Apr 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        Holy cow! So you are saying that dogs have no right to be rescued at all then? Why? Eh!!! The funny thing about all this crap is that we are all lucky that we weren’t on this boat and any other boat!!! But are acting like we are!!! In fact, we can all bet that if faced with such a trajedy, there would be no time to piss about weighing up whose beloved pet or beloved child, gran, old man or whatever has a right to the rescue boat!!!! It would be a case of grab who you can and if lucky you would be able to grab your own!!!! End of!!!! We all know this is true. So for anyone acting like Bouncers, bullying people and throwing their bulk about would be guilty of wasting precious time and therefore end up saving jack shit!!!! Then it’s curtains for all!!!! This article has got personal and it’s about loss of life at the end of the day! All life is valuable. Human and animals. Remember dogs save people too!!! Never forget this!!! They go to war, sniff out druggies, bite the balls off bad guys, swim and pull boats and rafts with people on. Protect their homes and families. The list is endless. So if you are feeling demasculinised by any of this, then that’s the reason why you feel the need to lower the standards and go a step further by making sure that dogs have to wait in line blah blah!! You must have had a fall out with one at some point in your life!! Maybe you should start off with a small dog to help you get over it! And by the way, I think if there was a scuffle on boarding such boat, you would find yourself being so wrapped up in trying to pussy foot and attack people and their pets, you would actually miss the blood boat whilst mans best friend sails away and waves bye bye!!

        • Holy cow

          Apr 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

          Never said dogs have no right to rescue, just that their place in line starts after all the humans.

    • Katie

      Apr 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

      But you do realize you’re going to outlive your dog by a long shot assuming you both live your average life span, right? You would not outlive your child. You would rescue your dog who has say 10-14 more years to live at best and sacrifice a child that could live for another 75 years? I respect a persons love for their animals and think that is something the world should have more of but if it comes at the expense of a child’s life, it’s gone too far.

      And if it were indeed survival of the fittest, I believe the masses would throw you and your little dog too into the water for a swim to save their human children. The ones they created and gave birth to after carrying for 9 months… A bond that by no means can be compared to the love of an animal.

  48. Leah

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Um, no. They’re dogs. I have three human children whose lives are more important. If you had to choose between your kids or dogs, what would you do? Even if you were on the boat with no kids, I would reach out and grab someone else’s child to hold. It is sad that so many animals died, but even sadder that so many people died. And as much as people loved their dogs back then, they still looked at them as beasts, pets, in no way even comparable to a family member. I would’ve gone down with one of my kids, but not a dog.

    • ILMM

      Apr 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      You apparently missed the point of what others have written. Did it EVER don on you that some people can’t have kids and their pets are their kids? Have some compassion maam and if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

      • Amanda Johnson

        Apr 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Well said. I’m one of those you speak of.

    • Caryl Myers

      Apr 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Sorry, I’d grab my dog first……………

      • Katie

        Apr 13, 2015 at 11:46 am

        If you would chose your dog over your own child, you’re seriously ill and should seek help.

    • Nicole

      Apr 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Anyone who thinks a dog’s life is less important than a human’s is soulless. I would gladly save a child but my dog is getting saved first, hands down. He is my entire life and I am his entire life. I’m extremely disappointed by the condescending comments on here & felt compelled to reply to you idiots. If you don’t consider dogs as children or as important as children, you should not be commenting here. I don’t have children but I say almost daily, “I pray I love my child half as much as I love my dog”… Which honestly I find near impossible. I would never ever ever leave my baby and if that meant going down with him, so be it. I would gladly die for him any GD day of the week. F anyone who thinks that’s “stupid”.

      • Rufus

        Apr 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Agree!! I would go down with my dogs!!! End of story!! So who wouldn’t, I respect the way you feel!!

        • Tom Ager

          Apr 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

          I agree with you Nicole and Rufus!

      • Nikki

        Apr 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        LOVE your comment Nicole!!! Kudos to someone who has their head on correctly and knows what the true meaning of compassion and empathy is!! Unlike others on here (Bryce) who said he would throw someone’s dog overboard to save himself…sounds kinda similar to what J. Bruce Ismay did and guess what sir? He was looked down upon for the rest of his days because of his selfishness. I dare anyone to try and throw my dog overboard if I was in that situation, or they might just end up at the bottom of the ocean before hypothermia even sets in.

      • Bhuwan Anand

        Apr 16, 2014 at 5:38 am

        Agree! with you, I would do the same. If dog can give up there life when we are in dange without even thinking then why not we can. Such examples are alredy set by Dogs like how they did not think about there life to save there Human.They love us more then there own life

        Whenever I see in the eye of my Dog I always feel how much trust they have in us that we will always be there for them and never ever hurt them.

        When Dogs came to know there Humans have children they considered them as part of there family and can do anything to save the child.

        and I have seen such real examples of my friends how His Dog killed a snake just to save child without even thinking of his life and my friend loved that Dog more than his life.

        Plus DOG spell in reverse as GOD.

    • Lei

      Apr 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Who are you to decide which living being is more important then the other?? All life matters!!! I would die trying to save my children and my dogs both.
      You are what is wrong with this world.

      • Holy cow

        Apr 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        All life matters? Really? so….
        You hold all life sacred?
        You have no leather at all in your clothes, furniture, car?
        And no animal byproducts in anything else you use, like fabric softener (made with horse and sheep fat)
        And if mice were in your house, you would not harm them?
        And if cockroaches were in your house, you would not spray or poison them?
        And you let mosquitos drink their fill when they land on you?
        And you don’t use any heartworm medication on your dogs (heartworms are people too!) or flea and tick medication (ticks have mommies!)
        Do you worry about the bacteria in your gut when you take antibiotics? They are dying by the millions!!! (luckily, many were saved by the lifeboats of the Titanic. Phew!!)

        And you are a vegan?
        But….aren’t plants alive, too? How can you stand killing such defenseless life forms? They can’t even MOVE for gosh sakes!

        All life is not equal, no matter how much you want it to be otherwise.

        • Maria

          Apr 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

          Of course all life is not equal but who are you to think that you as a human I mean, that you are THE most important animal on the planet? Don’t you ever watch the news? The things we as a superior race are doing every day? God the 80% of us should be dead for planet sake!!!!! So yes I wouldn’t leave my dog if I had the power to do so or I would stay with him because he is my child and I don’t think I could live with my self watching him in my mind straggling alone searching for the only one who trusts.

          • Holy cow

            Apr 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

            Which 80% should be dead? Who gets to pick, you?

            I’ve always said, to those who insist overpopulation of the world is a problem: Think Globally, Act Locally, Charity begins at home.

    • Nancy

      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      You’re an idiot!! I agree with ILMM!! Keep your big fat mouth shut!

    • Holy cow

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Don’t let the other comments bother you. You are the one with moral clarity here.

      • Hannah

        Apr 16, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        Holy Cow, you are one of those annoying people who are mean and nasty, and keep just talking and voicing their negative opinion because they enjoy being a butthole. You just sound really ignorant and stupid. All of your “examples” are pathedic. My dogs all have a better soul than you have obviously. But, I give it to ya, it’s pretty incredible how long you have been negatively responding to people in this thread. Doesn’t seem like you’ve got much going on in your life. God bless you, you need it.

    • darklea

      Apr 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

      you would race for shelter and then realize you left your kids

    • Susan

      Apr 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Ummm no, my dogs are my kids just like my kids are my kids, I would save them all or die trying…I will NOT die trying to save your ass because “your human” or your little spawns (who probably are punks and need their butts kicked anyways)

  49. Gregory

    Apr 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I own 2 dogs, and have owned others in the past. There is no way in hell I’m going to even remotely consider making a person give up a seat in a lifeboat for my dog or dogs. as for the “he;d be fine on my lap” nonsense, those boats requried you to row. You don;t have room in your lap then there’s an oar there. If you did, then take some stranger’s small child over the damn dog.

    • Wolf

      Apr 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Wow you don’t deserve to be a dog owner with that horrendous attitude. A persons dog is their child and deserves the same respect as a human child.

      • ILMM

        Apr 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

        Agreed Wolf! Some people don’t deserve to have any animal, let alone a human child.

    • rosemarie

      Apr 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      u are a idiot

      • ISOLD

        Apr 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

        Gregory for sure is the one that will forget about everyone else, his ass first!, why to care about a dog ?, maybe a child but i don’t think so, to take care about someone else’s kid when he can not think about his own dogs?

      • Frank

        Apr 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        Nice reply,Rosemarie

      • Kristal

        Apr 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        “YOU are AN idiot.”

    • Bryce

      Apr 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Totally agree. You have your head on straight. A person’s dog is not their child, it’s their dog. Wolf, I’m so throwing your dog overboard if it means another seat on the lifeboat for a human.

    • Holy cow

      Apr 15, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Spot on, sir

      • Sparky

        Apr 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

        Holy Cow and Byrce and whoever else are making such cruel and hurtful comments, there is a quote that says “You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals”- Paul McCartney, therefore by your comments you clearly are not very compassionate or sympathetic people. Regardless of whether you are a ‘dog lover’ or ‘animal lover’ which you are clearly not, your comments have just shown that you are very ego-centric people and possibly show that you wouldn’t even give up your seat to save another human being. As someone mentioned before dogs were brought onto the Titanic by HUMANS not voluntarily hoping on board. Therefore as a owner it is the owners responsibility to get their dogs home safe so it was only right for them to try and get home safe. Anyhow in reality we are NOT fighting for seats on the Titanic’s lifeboats in which it would have been the officers decision who get the seats anyway NOT yours! INSTEAD we are on a page after reading a beautiful heart moving article about the heroic dogs who survived the Titanic and those who sadly did not. I’ll keep them in my thoughts anyway. If you were decent human beings you would have respected the article and what it meant to your fellow ‘human’ beings which you claim to be the most important in the world. If you actually READ the ARTICLE in its entirety you would see that no dog actually took up a seat for a human so your complaints and irreverent comments are actually quite useless here and I suggest you try take up your time elsewhere seen as how you seem to have a lot of it, considering you’re writing cruel and irrelevant comments on a ‘dog lover’ page. I will leave you with another quote “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does now allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognise it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace”- Albert Shweitzer.

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Yeah! every one knows how they adjusted the life boat even for your so called well civilised Human instead of Damm Dogs, first they allowed people with high class on boat and even with enough space they did not allow lower class people to be on boat and when chaos was quite high people showed there true color and fought with each other to save themselves.

      Where dog stand a chance between these civilised people

    • Luna Tick

      Apr 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

      That child could become the next Albert Einstein or Benjamin Franklin and the folks here would save an animal over that.

      • Linda

        Apr 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

        That child could also become the next Jeffrey Dahmer, Adolf Hitler or Boston Marathon bomber. I’ll take the chance on my dog, who I KNOW has a pure soul.

        • Susan

          Apr 16, 2015 at 9:21 pm

          Was going to say the same thing Linda!!! IN this day in age, more likely the scums of all things!

    • darklea

      Apr 17, 2014 at 12:55 am

      once again you would be in such a panic to save your own greedy little life you wouldn’t even think of your children until your ass was safe,,if you have children and cannot appreciate the helplessness of innocents, then you are a broken toy

    • GC

      Apr 13, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Are they chained to dog houses in your back yard with their collars growing into their necks??

  50. Rosemary

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    My babies go with me or I stay . . . during evacuation for a Hurricane I took along my English Bulldong, our two cats and my son had his snake . . .

    • Danielle

      Apr 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      My dogs and cats are my family. They are my babies. If they go I go, if they stay I say. It’s that simple.

    • ISOLD

      Apr 15, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      well done, they are family members too!

      • Bhuwan Anand

        Apr 16, 2014 at 5:47 am

        Even they have a Soul, it’s not like they are just toys for us.

        I can’t live my baby behind and for God forbid if such thing happens, I don’t think so I would be able to live with this selfish act.

  51. Shaymanbob

    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “I’m afraid some of you are going to have to stay on board or swim, this boat is reserved for my dogs, women and children. And the kids only get in if they behave themselves. If you consider yourself big enough and hard enough to remove us you are welcome to try.”

  52. Diana

    Apr 15, 2014 at 7:19 am

    If my furbabies couldn’t accompany me off the ship…I know with every ounce of my being that I would have stayed behind holding them…even if if meant me dying. I’d rather die with my furbabies then know I left them behind to die such a horrible death all alone. I would never have been able to live with myself. For those who left their scared pets behind to save their own hides on the Titanic…I hope Karma came around and got them good!

    • andyj

      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I agree, but maybe she had an infant as well that needed her? I also don’t think women had much say in what went on. I just don’t like crucifying her since there may be many others that did as well. Why should she be singled out? She obviously cared very deeply about it.

      • lyn kash

        Apr 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

        I worked on 3 separate titanic exhibits at the museum where I work.bishop was told getting in the lifeboat was a mere formality,in case of the remote possibility the ship might sink,but in all likelihood,she would be reboarding the ship in an hour or two.this may have been a lie told by crew to induce reluctant passengers to leave the titanic and board the cold,small freezing lifeboat.before titanic was listing and the danger became clear,if u wereon an upper deck it seemed safe.their was music,lights,heat.the titanic looked safe and the prospect of going into the freezing ocean in a small boat seemed scary.not to panic anyone,the crew,who knew the real deal,told people “its just a formalyt.when the ship is fixed,u will reboard.” this is what bishop says she was told.she was not sure whether to bring frou-frou or not,but decided he might freeze to death in the lifeboat.since she believed she would shortly reboard,it made sense to her to let the dog stay inside “safe” and warm,while she went into the lifeboat.this was untrue info given to her,and I think also,she was in denial.she maintained till the end of her life she thought at the time she was doing the right thing for her dog,and she remained upset by her bad choice all her life.cut her some slack tho-she did not decide to kll her dog,she made a quick decision,under false information and some duress.she did the best she coud with the info she had,which is all any of us can do.unfortunately,in this case,she meant to save the dog (from the cold)but eended up sentencing it to death by sinking.this outcome was not her intention.a good many bad choices and tragedies went on that night.readup on the Allison family-theres another mistake that led to tragedy.but who knew? how can u second -guess fate?u make ur decisions,and sometimes u win…sometimes,all is lost.

        • lyn kash

          Apr 15, 2014 at 9:02 am

          correction,i worked on 2 titanic exhibits hit wrong key

          • lyn kash

            Apr 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

            also,everyone please remember,helen bishop was only 19 when the ship went down.

        • Claudia

          Apr 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

          I did not know she was given false information. If this is true I retract my negative comments about Helen Bishop.

        • Claudia

          Apr 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          Here is a link to Helen Bishop’s interview when she returned. She talks about her dog and said she felt nobody would have any sympathy for Frou Frou but she does not mention anything else. She was in the first lifeboat which was not even full. I think she she was haunted by her guilt at leaving her dog in the cabin.

  53. Brandy

    Apr 15, 2014 at 7:04 am

    They go,I go.

  54. Claudia

    Apr 15, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Helen Bishop should have been haunted for the rest of her days. She did not even TRY to hide her tiny toy poodle under a blanket and sneak him off. She just coldly left him in the cabin to die alone even whike he was clutching at her begging her to save him. It seems those that had smaller dogs were able to conceal them and get them in the boats. I know there are sometimes hard choices to be made but you have to at least try to save the animals who have nobody to speak for them except you.

    • lyn kash

      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I work in the n.c museumof natural sciences.ive worked on 2 separate travelling exhibitions of titanic,dressed as Margaret (“molly”) brown.the story with Helen bishop,is that she was told boarding the lifeboat was a mere formality,a “just in case” sort of thing,and that she would most likely be back on board ion a few was not obvious at that point that the ship would indeed sink…she debated taking frou-frou,but then figured the tiny dog would be better in the warm cabin than in the freezing lifeboat,and at that point,she did believe the lie that she would be rejoining the ship later,and that boarding was just a precaution.many people were told”its just a formality” in order to convince them to leave the ship.some lifeboats left a bit early and it did not seem to be sinking yet,so it did plausible.and yes,from all accounts ,Helen bishop was haunted by leaving frou-frou behind.she said she had trouble deciding whtther to leave the dog or take it aboard the freesing lifeboat,when she was told she would reboard after the ship was fixed.others who survived reported being told similar things.i think these were lies told by the crew to induce reluctant passenfers to get in the lifeboats without causing panic.its easier to say”oh,we’ll fix the ship,u will reboard later” than to say ‘get on or u will die!’ which would cause chaos.this poor woman,and many others,had a very brief moment in time in which to decide to board or not to board,without dogs and without husbands,fiancees,sons.who knows what any of us would have done that night? Helen bishop maintained till the end of her life that she truly thought the dog would be better off in the cabin,and that she would see him later.from all accounts,she never got over lets not be too hard on her.she wasn’t Michael vick,wantonly killing dogs.she was a confused woman on a confusing and dangerous night,who had minutes to decide what to do,in the face of conflicting evidence,outright lies,and the human failing of too much optimism,too much denial.a realist may have suspected”im going down,i better take the dog>’but she was young,naive,scared and told by “authority figures” (male crew) that the lifeboats were “a formality,just in case of the remote possibility of a sinking.and remember,titanic was thought to be nearly unsinkable and was billed as might have been very hard for Helen bishop and others to wrap their heads around the fact that they were in fact,at gr8 peril.before the boat began to list,it seemed normal if u were on an upper deck,with heat,lights,music playing,how could it be sinking?but it was.sometimes u think u made a good decision,but its a bad one.its tragic frou-frou paid the price of Helen bishops bad decision..but it was not done in cold blood.she was afraid the dog would freeze while she was in the lifeboat for the “formality.”

    • lyn kash

      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

      I should have proof read sorry for many typing errors

    • Bhuwan Anand

      Apr 16, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Sure she was haunted by her guilt for such selfish act, Dog wasn’t begging her, he just wanted to be with her because might be he knew that something bad was happening and wanted to save her or be with her because of his love.

      But she thought to save herself first.God rest that Dog soul in peace.

  55. Simran Dhawan Sharma

    Apr 15, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I never leave alone my dog… if she die i die with her…

  56. Leslie Long

    Apr 15, 2014 at 4:37 am

    My furbabies have always stayed by my side, I would stay by theirs…I would go down with the ship.

  57. Nikki

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:49 am

    As a person (and a huge dog lover) who had a family member who died on the Titanic and having been told the stories shared down from the generations, I can honestly say that if they had’ve told me to leave my dog on the ship and for me to get into the lifeboat, I would’ve stayed with her. No questions asked and without even a hesitation. Even if that meant I had to die. I would rather go with her than know she suffered without me holding her. I personally don’t have children however it does get somewhat annoying when at least one person has to bring the “children are more important” theories onto these threads. Some people can’t have children so they look at their dogs as their kids. So without sounding rude, to the person who brought that comment here, please just stop. May we never forget all the lives lost on Titanic – whether they have 2 legs or 4! <3

    • andyj

      Apr 15, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I really don’t think she had a choice. They probably bodily carried her off which she called ‘leaving her dog’ behind.

      • Nikki

        Apr 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        That’s not what I meant nor was I referring to that.

    • Kathy

      Apr 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Very well said! Whether 2-legs or 4, all deserve a chance to survive. Even more so the 4-legged for they have no power and only have humans that are supposed to care for them.

  58. Randall

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I would never leave Nixon (my blue heeler x) to that fate; to need me and wonder where i am at that incredibly terrifying moment. We would board a lifeboat together or go into the water together and take our chances. If we cross the Rainbow Bridge side by side I would be fine with that knowing that I did what I could and didn’t abandon him.

  59. John

    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Yep, I’d go down with my loves.

  60. Laura

    Apr 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I,like Ann Elizabeth Isham,would be with my Sheltie boys. When Superstorm Sandy came, there was 2 feet of water outside my door. I put the dogs and myself on the bed and waited. Thankfully very little water came in. But I would never leave my boys.

  61. myrnarodriguez

    Apr 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I never leave alone my dog… if he die I die with him…

  62. Betty Lou

    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Though it was a terrible death and all that died that day suffered in those agonizing hours, take comfort that once they died, their suffering was over and they were delivered into the peaceful beyond. I think the anticipation of death is worse than death itself.

  63. Betty Lou

    Apr 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Okay, what if you had a child AND a dog? They won’t let you take the dog. The terrified child won’t get in the boat without you. I think there are situations where you HAVE To choose human life over an animal’s life. Terrible choice to make.

    • Regret A Vet

      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      I’d choose to save the dog. No doubt about it.

    • Rob

      Apr 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      I would choose the dog. Kids are overrated.

    • Paula Shepard

      Apr 15, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Force the child to get into the boat and send it to possible safety…stay with my dog….already told my kids in an emergency if they won’t take the dogs my kids go with rescue and I’ll stay behind and me n the dogs will try to figure something out.

  64. Betsy

    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Would have found me clinging to a piece of the ship WITH my dog.

  65. Jim

    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I’m afraid they would have found me like the lady with the Great Dane. Frozen holding on to each other.

  66. Renee Koenitzer

    Apr 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Lily would come with me, or I would stay with her. Hell, most of the boats left just partially full. If I saw one leaving that way, I’d have found a way for her and me to get on, you bet!

  67. Tina Miller

    Apr 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I would have gone down with my dogs…no way would I leave them behind to die alone.

    • Colin

      Apr 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      I wouldn’t have left my dog to die alone either. He is part of my family. We would have entered heaven together.

  68. maria luisa redona

    Apr 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm


  69. Dennis

    Apr 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I, also would not leave my dog to die alone in the icy water. We would go down together.

  70. kit peto

    Apr 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    There were always cats on a ship to deal with vermin, and there also may have been some along as people’s pets, too. None of them are known to have survived.

  71. Shay

    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    As horrible a situation that the Titanic was, I couldnt imagine abandoning my dogs to drown. Not possible! We would stay together. No matter what.

  72. Cindy Venettozzi-Bly

    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    There was a Newfoundland aboard the Titanic that survived and was picked up by the other ship. The captain kept the dog. He was reportedly owned by the steward who was loading people on the lifeboats. He committed suicide and the Newfoundland was looking for his owner before hew rescued.

    • Jeanie M

      Oct 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I was waiting for someone to mention Rigel – the 4th dog survivor. His barking saved a boatload of passengers who were too weak to alert the Carpathia that they were about to run them down. Rigel was swimming and barking (3 hours in that water – Newfies are amazing dogs!) and when someone heard him and looked, they also saw the life boat next to him. After they got him on board he continued to bark at the rail until they took him below – still looking for his owner. I didn't know the owner had committed suicide, only that he had gone down with the ship after loading the life boats.

  73. Charlie

    Apr 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I would rather sink with my dogs than survive without them.

  74. Patricia Downes

    Apr 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    If it had just been me and my dog I can truthfully say we would have died together.

  75. Sarah Saylor

    Apr 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    What a terrible choice to have to make, but we can’t forget that many people had to choose whether or not to leave a family member behind. There were not enough life boats for the people, so I can certainly understand not allowing pets on them as sad as it is. What a horribly tragic event and senseless loss of life.

  76. Irena

    Apr 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Respect Ann Elizabeth Isham!

  77. Meagan

    Apr 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I can’t imagine leaving my poor fur babies behind. I would have found a way to get them on a boat. They should have allowed the dogs. They don’t take up much room and would have helped keep people warm. The only thing that would have made me leave them is saving my daughter, but I probably would have sent her with someone else she would be safe with and tried to save my pups. Just a sad situation all around…Hope I never have to make that choice.

  78. Cheryl Dwyer

    Apr 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I too would have gone with my dogs. They are the only honest and loving friends Ive had for years.

  79. Rondal Lawson

    Apr 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I would’ve went down with my dogs in the ship.

  80. C Whitten

    Apr 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    No. Not a chance that I would leave without my precious babies. I couldn’t have lived with myself if I had and life wouldn’t have been worth living anyway.

  81. Ruth Ann

    Apr 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I actually went to a public tornado shelter once, when our county was under a tornado warning. They wouldn’t let my precious dog in the shelter (even though he was going to be in my arms) and told me to leave him in my car. Poor thing was shivering and scarred to death. So you know what, I got in my car and left. My precious dog and I got into a hall closet and were safe and sound. The next month I ordered an in ground shelter. And any of my neighbors and their pets are more than welcome in the shelter during bad weather.

    So to answer the question, I would have went down with the ship and my pet!

    • susan

      Apr 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      awesome way to handle such discrimination of the furry kids. though I almost understand the thought process of those in charge. gladly many shelters are now changing policies

    • Dorie

      Apr 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      I agree with you! If someone turned my animal away, I too would take them and find a place for both of us. In otherwords, I would’ve gone down too!

    • darklea

      Apr 17, 2014 at 12:59 am

      wasn’t allowed to take my dog to a hurricane shelter in key friend also had a dog,,we stayed at his house because ti was the safer of the two,,we did not leave the is unforgivable..

  82. Linda

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Is there just no end to the grief we are exposed to daily? Makes me want to completely unplug.

    • Lorraine

      Apr 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      yes, unplug and die

      • Jonah

        Apr 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        That was completely uncalled for. Linda is right, there is so much bad news lately, we need some feel good stories in order to decompress. Go take a long hard look in the mirror and figure out why you felt the need to wish death on someone you don’t even know – sounds like you could use some cheering up yourself.

        • Lauren

          Apr 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm

          It’s not just lately, it’s always been this way – it’s just with the internet, and news of all kinds being so accessible and easily shared and widespread, we hear it all. Unfortunately the bad will always outweigh the good, many times over.

        • Ellen Kline

          Apr 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

          I would neva leave my babies to die,i would keep them with me at all times or i would not go to where eva,my pets become my family,if i cannot take my child with then count me out

  83. Stefany potter

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Oh yeah no doubt about it… I’d never let anything ever happen to my babies… I’d do my best to protect them and would never in a million years leave them. My dogs are my family (hands down). They’ve always been there for me when no one else would.. they’ve never let me down.. and I’d never let them down.. I’d turn into a lunatic if they were even threatened in ANY way.. I’d die for them.. so yeah if we were on that ship (we’d get off together or die together)…

    • Mimi

      Apr 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      I so totally agree with you… You are definitely my kind of person…I wish I knew you.. I think we would be such good friends!! 🙂

  84. allice

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Wow so so sad, that would not work out fine if you ask me to do that. It is criminal that they demanded that. Why cant people understand that a dog is a member of the family, nothing less ! It would rip out my heart to leave one of my dogs behind, just like it would with blood family. 🙁

  85. Callie

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I love my Jack Russells so much it makes my heart want to burst. My Kadi has been with me longer than my husband. And Cassie, who is half Kadi’s age, is my children’s best friend. I haven’t seen any of the responses to this article talk about human children. What if you had all your babies with you, canine and human alike, and you were boarding the lifeboats and told you had to leave your pups behind? I can’t even say what I might do because I don’t know how I could live either way.

    • allice

      Apr 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      indeed !

  86. linda harling

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    don’t think could have left my dog!

  87. Anthony

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I would never leave my dog or any dog behind to die! that’s insane I would be dead in the ocean with them for sure, no doubt about it.

  88. Daniel Simpson

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I am reduced to tears, I had never even known there were dogs on board. It makes me so sad that they lost their precious lives that night. How scared they must have been, I cannot imagine the fear they felt. I could NEVER leave my babies behind. Not even possible to think about it. That is why I will never take a trip or cruise that my babies cannot go on. I will not leave them for any reason. ANY REASON. And they would come before any of my family members. That decision would be made in a second, without hesitation.

  89. Daniel Simpson

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    No, I would have gotten my dogs on the raft with me, and I would have insured this because I would have carried a gun and stuck it in anybody’s face that messed with me otherwise. My precious dogs go where I go, if they can’t, I do not go. It’s like this for example, my wife wants to go on a day trip to another state, and maybe spend the night. If we cannot take our 2 dogs, 2 female Pommies, Roxxie & Lapita, then 1, I will not go on this trip, or 2, we take them both!! Truthfully, and without remorse or regret, my dogs mean more to me than 98% of my 2 families combined, mine, AND hers. My girls have never lied to me, or about me, never stolen from me, neve spread BS rumors about me, or turned their back to me when I needed them. So yeah, screw the family, gimme my dogs.

    • peggy

      Apr 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Yes Daniel, I agree with you I have three small dogs and I would not go anywhere without them, If I was on that ship either we all survive or we all die. I would not be seperated from them.

    • Betty Lou

      Apr 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      So Daniel, you’d use your gun to make sure the dogs got in the boat with you (displacing a person, maybe a child) rather than staying with the dogs on the ship? As a man, you wouldn’t make it. Men were supposed to go last. All a dog wants is to be with his master.

  90. Maru

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I would never leave them behind.
    I would die with them or I would attempt all of us survival.., if failed, we would all perish.

  91. Bonnie

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    My dogs by my side…always. I wish all people loved dogs as much as we do. God bless the little ones who went down that day.

    • Vickie Francis

      Apr 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      my little Cheechie a 5lb chihuahua, there would be no way I could just leave him behind, he would have to go in my pocket.

  92. Toye

    Apr 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Would never have left mine all alone and behind. how scared they must have been.

  93. Allen

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    It is good to know that the attitudes of humans toward their best fur friend has actually increased 100+ years since the Titanic sinking. I have two dogs with a combined weight of over 140 pounds: I would not leave them behind either because they trust me with their lives. To not have them in my life I would rather be dead.

    • Daniel Simpson

      Apr 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Your comment brought tears to my eyes. I too, FIRMLY believe in my dogs, and would NEVER EVER even concieve of leaving them behind. Not for any reason.

  94. jaclyn1973

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

    What would I have done? I honestly don’t know. I can say that I would have stayed with my beloved pet, but it’s been my experience that we never really know exactly what we will do in a difficult situation until we are actually faced with it. When I lived in New Orleans I always took my dog and cat with me when I evacuated. I do know I would never have gone to a shelter since I wouldnt have been able to take them, too.
    This is so very sad. I agree with another poster in that I wish I had not known.

    • susan

      Apr 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      you are so right that we do not know what we would do until we are faced with the situation. I would like to think I would never leave my pet, but if I was faced with leaving a child or even a grandparent or any person behind because I took my furkid well just don’t know what I would do!

  95. Tina

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I could never leave my Diamond behind. I would die with her in icy waters as well!

  96. Annette

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I would have NEVER have left my dog behind.
    No matter what the outcome would have been
    For us!!!
    We would have met our God in Heaven together!

    • delina

      Apr 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

      yes is true, i will never left my animal matter what.

  97. Sherri

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    NO!! There is no way that I would’ve left my Snickers to face the icy waters alone! He is my world and I hope I am his! He comforts me, brings me joy and loves me unconditionally – he is the ONLY one who has never abandoned me and I would never do it to him!!

  98. Dawn

    Apr 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I would just have to go down with the ship with my babies in my arms.

  99. Diablo 3 Inferno

    Jun 19, 2013 at 4:48 am

    …………………………………………………………………………………………… You don’t even know the lentgh or quality and still no problem? It’s because of people like you that those games finally cost near a 100$

  100. MARIA K

    Apr 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I got rottweilers & I’m handicap, if there was no room for me, wheelchair & my 2 rotties, they would have had to shoot me or find my body clinging to my dogs. NO FRIGGEN WAY IM LEAVING WITHOUT THEM. I NEED THEM AS MUCH AS THEY NEED ME, IF NOT MORE.

  101. Joan

    Apr 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I agree that this is depressing. I did not know about the dogs. I could not have left my dog there. All my dogs are a very important part of my life and our family.

  102. Carrie Young

    Apr 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    This is just depressing. I’d have rather not known.

  103. Doris Sturm

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    You never know for sure what you would do in such a terrifying situation, but I would like to think that NO, I would not have left my dog but dragged him along in a purse or under my dress if I had to…surviving is one thing, but living with the knowledge you abandoned your best friend would be haunting me for the rest of my life…but again, one just never knows for sure and hopefully I’ll never have to find out! How tragic for everyone on board!

    • Cass

      Apr 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      I feel the same way I could not live with myself if I left my Jimmy to die a horrable death, but like you say I hope I never have to make that dicetion I feel for all animals. I love them all. I am a crazy animal person haha

  104. gioia spano

    Apr 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I never never never leave my dogs on the ship…for me it’s better die whith my friends!!

  105. Toni

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I like the lady that was found clutching her beloved dog, would be found the same way. I would not be able to leave my dog behind. All of my dogs are my ‘kids’ and would never be left behind to die alone…

  106. Susan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    No way in the world would I have left my pet/s. I too would have been found in icy water
    clutching them in my arms. I can’t even come close to imagine
    leaving them behind.

  107. Cat Robinson

    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I would have died with my dogs. I cannot imagine leaving them, the fear and uncertaintly they would have felt. Surely they would have been panicked to be plunged into the icy water, but I would have tied them to me, and we would have gone together. If I had been traveling without my pets, I would have likely stayed behind with those left to perish.

  108. Cheryl Y

    Apr 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    No,no and NO,I could not have left my dog Klaus to die such a horrible death !I,like Ann,would have been found clinging to my beloved rottweiler in the frigid sea – loyal to the end !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. marlene hodgkins

    Apr 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I have a 100 pound Akita–usualy have medium to large dogs–would have died before leaving my dog–she trusts me totally. Would willingly gone into the ocean with her rather than leaving her to such a terrifying death–at least she would have been with her pack person. I think some people should not have animals

  110. Rose Harries

    Apr 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    simple answer . . .NO!!!!! How that woman have left her dog when he so desperatly wanted to be with her.Ann Elizabeth Isham who jumped off with her dog deserves a medal.Seeing half the boats went away empty it shouldnt have mattered if the dog was there. REST PEACE ALL DOGS

    • Wendy

      Apr 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      I thought there wasn’t enough life boats and that’s why so many people went down with the ship. I would of stayed with my dogs too.

  111. Dawn Frydenlund

    Apr 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Simple choice for me. There’s no way I would have left my pets behind. It’s good to see a story about the animals involved in this disaster. They deserve to be remembered too.

  112. nikki shepherd

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Such a sad story. There’s no way I would’ve left without my fur babies.

  113. Dog Lover

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    No, I couldn’t leave my dogs behind. I lost my home to fire 9 years ago–I was not leaving without my dogs. We fared better than the house:-S

  114. Paws

    Apr 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I read a story yrs ago and it stated that only one dog went down with the shop a bulldog and his owner was awarded £1000 compensation and I thought how terrible and sad and wondered to if one dog was correct now I see it isn’t.i think a little memorial shud be erected ontheir memory to.poor poor dogs. Bless them all.

  115. Lauren

    Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    No! Simple as! No! I would not have left any of my animals and wouldnt have let that woman leave her dog behind in the cabin, that was heartbreaking, i would have died before i let my dogs die, i would have joined Ann Elizabeth Isham and my body would have also been found holding my dogs. It was a horrible tragic event but atleast we understood what was happening and what we needed to do, the poor animals couldnt try and escape, they didnt know what was going on, they didnt know why they were being left behind locked in rooms with no escape. If you have a pet, then that pet becomes your responsability no matter what and you should do all you can to look after them x

    • karen cooper

      Apr 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Ii agree I wud of stayed wiv my dog or tried my best to get him on a lifeboat too! He is only small and wud of bin fine on my lap! I never knew till today animals were aboard! How very fdrightened they wud ave bin! A awful thing to happen to the people and annimals that died!

    • nikki shepherd

      Apr 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Amen! I agree with every word. I hate to admit it, but the first staff member that told me I had to leave my baby behind would’ve gone overboard!

  116. Helen Rowan

    Apr 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Aww how very sad that these poor defenceless animals didn’t get the choice to live. Just like the rest of the poor souls on board the Titanic . R.I.P. all of you. xxxx

  117. Judi

    Apr 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I’m afraid i would have been like Miss Isham–i couldn’t think of leaving my dog behind. The poor dog that belonged to that Bishop woman-how terrified it was, and she couldnt be bothered to scoop him up & take him with her. The whole disaster was horrible, and to know that people and animals suffered needlessly is heartbreaking.

    • taylor

      Aug 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Oh how I agree with you… they would have found us frozen together, never in my most insane state of mind, could I ever leave my precious friend in a state room!!! Scooped him up and tried to do the best, but together fur ever Amen!!

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