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Remembering The Dogs of The Titanic

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The night of April 14th into the early morning hours of April 15th will mark 109 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 Examiner.com, 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.

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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 Cheddarbay.com)

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?

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301 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Stef

    Stef

    says:

    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 🙁

    • Avatar Of Bodhi

      Bodhi

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Jeanie M

    Jeanie M

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Bob Metz

      Bob Metz

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Jen Struk

    Jen Struk

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Mark

      Mark

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Lisa

      Lisa

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Manas

    Manas

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Sarah

    Sarah

    says:

    well this make me feel sad a little bit

  6. Avatar Of Cody

    Cody

    says:

    Helen Bishop… the trailer trash of first class.

    The dog should have lived, she should have period.

    Period.

  7. Avatar Of Rose Ann

    Rose Ann

    says:

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

  8. Avatar Of Essie Marquez

    Essie Marquez

    says:

    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 …

    • Avatar Of Marianne Zito

      Marianne Zito

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Rufus Piddlepad

      Rufus Piddlepad

      says:

      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!

      • Avatar Of Sneakers O'Toole

        Sneakers O'Toole

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Roberta

          Roberta

          says:

          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.

        • Avatar Of Jennifer

          Jennifer

          says:

          I think you have a very appropriate surname.

      • Avatar Of Roberta

        Roberta

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Jennifer

        Jennifer

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Aj

        Aj

        says:

        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. Avatar Of Alan

    ALAN

    says:

    VERY SORRY NO CATS SURVIVED.

  10. Avatar Of Carla Powers

    Carla Powers

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Charlene

    Charlene

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Charlene

    Charlene

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Jennifer

      Jennifer

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Charlene

    Charlene

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Charlene

    Charlene

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Skywalker

    Skywalker

    says:

    AAHHH the poor dogs that died im tearing up 🙁

  16. Avatar Of Alaskan Klee Kai

    Alaskan Klee Kai

    says:

    Wow. All those cute dogs….=(

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

  17. Avatar Of Lorna

    Lorna

    says:

    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: createspace.com/3458765?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

  18. Avatar Of Lornaolitch

    LornaOlitch

    says:

    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: createspace.com/3458765?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

  19. Avatar Of Lornaolitch

    LornaOlitch

    says:

    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: createspace.com/3458767?ref=114769&utm_id=6026

  20. Avatar Of Flamingobird

    flamingobird

    says:

    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.
    Flamingobird

  21. Avatar Of Stephenie

    Stephenie

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Paula Shepard

    Paula Shepard

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Kim C

    Kim C

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Marie Anne

    Marie Anne

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Rudolph.a.furtado

    Rudolph.A.Furtado

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Cj1975

      CJ1975

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Mechelle

      Mechelle

      says:

      Cats on boats are bad luck. 😉

      • Avatar Of Ashley

        Ashley

        says:

        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. Avatar Of Ine

    Ine

    says:

    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!

  27. Avatar Of Sarah

    sarah

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Dennis Berube

    Dennis Berube

    says:

    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!

    • Avatar Of Iris

      Iris

      says:

      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]

    • Avatar Of Michelle

      Michelle

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of The Cat

        The Cat

        says:

        What a stupid comment to make.

      • Avatar Of Pantharen

        Pantharen

        says:

        @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..

      • Avatar Of Judy

        Judy

        says:

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

      • Avatar Of Slewis

        Slewis

        says:

        Hey Michelle…. You’re an idiot!

      • Avatar Of Vicki

        Vicki

        says:

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

      • Avatar Of Susan

        Susan

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Ronda

        Ronda

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Angie

      angie

      says:

      Respect ×10

  29. Avatar Of April

    April

    says:

    these days, animals are better than most people.

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    RicBari

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  33. Avatar Of Pietr W

    Pietr W

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Kath

      Kath

      says:

      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!!

      • Avatar Of Holy Cow

        Holy cow

        says:

        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?

      • Avatar Of Angie

        angie

        says:

        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. Avatar Of Nik

    Nik

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Jackeee

        Jackeee

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Beanyncecil

          beanyncecil

          says:

          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?

          • Avatar Of Judy

            Judy

            says:

            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…

          • Avatar Of Stephenie

            Stephenie

            says:

            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.

        • Avatar Of Susan

          Susan

          says:

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

      • Avatar Of Dee L

        Dee L

        says:

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

      • Avatar Of Angie

        angie

        says:

        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

    • Avatar Of Beanyncecil

      beanyncecil

      says:

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

  35. Avatar Of Deirdre Obrien

    Deirdre OBrien

    says:

    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.

  36. Avatar Of Gamias

    Gamias

    says:

    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…

    • Avatar Of Awesome Sauce

      awesome sauce

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Beanyncecil

        beanyncecil

        says:

        You are so right.

      • Avatar Of Stephenie

        Stephenie

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Linda

        Linda

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Moonshine

        moonshine

        says:

        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!!!!!

    • Avatar Of Dana

      Dana

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Dave Right On 2

    Dave right on 2

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Sammie

      Sammie

      says:

      “”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

    • Avatar Of Stephenie

      Stephenie

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Luna Tick

    Luna Tick

    says:

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

  39. Avatar Of Eurocat

    Eurocat

    says:

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

  40. Avatar Of Bill Webb

    Bill Webb

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Dave Right On 2

        Dave right on 2

        says:

        Do you speak from prior knowledge?

      • Avatar Of Bill Webb

        Bill Webb

        says:

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

      • Avatar Of Gc

        GC

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Esme

      Esme

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Scorpio 9

      Scorpio 9

      says:

      Were you JEALOUS ???? you nasty prick.

    • Avatar Of Susan

      Susan

      says:

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

  41. Avatar Of Kelly

    Kelly

    says:

    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!

  42. Avatar Of Meat

    meat

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Luna Tick

      Luna Tick

      says:

      Oh my God! This is so offensive……

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

      • Avatar Of Meat

        meat

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Bbear

          BBear

          says:

          *Heiro’s

        • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

          Bhuwan Anand

          says:

          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.

        • Avatar Of Darklea

          darklea

          says:

          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.

          • Avatar Of Holy Cow

            Holy cow

            says:

            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.

    • Avatar Of Mark

      Mark

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

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

  43. Avatar Of Proud Dog Mom

    Proud Dog Mom

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Three Dog Mom

      Three Dog Mom

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Christina

    Christina

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Kelly

      Kelly

      says:

      Indeed!

    • Avatar Of Gail

      Gail

      says:

      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 !!!~

      • Avatar Of Katie

        Katie

        says:

        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?

        • Avatar Of Krista

          krista

          says:

          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.

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

      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?

    • Avatar Of Gc

      GC

      says:

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

  45. Avatar Of Holy Cow

    Holy cow

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Shari

      Shari

      says:

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

      • Avatar Of Holy Cow

        Holy cow

        says:

        You are deranged. And evil.

        • Avatar Of Darklea

          darklea

          says:

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

      • Avatar Of Maria

        Maria

        says:

        I couldn’t agree more

      • Avatar Of Gamias

        Gamias

        says:

        Shari! I’m with you on this one…

        • Avatar Of Gail

          Gail

          says:

          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

    • Avatar Of Dawn

      Dawn

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Pat Dupree

        pat dupree

        says:

        ” 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 .

      • Avatar Of Holy Cow

        Holy cow

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Kim

      kim

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Luna Tick

      Luna Tick

      says:

      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?

      • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

        Bhuwan Anand

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

          Bhuwan Anand

          says:

          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.

    • Avatar Of Katie

      Katie

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Linda

      Linda

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Magzi

      magzi

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Just Sean

    Just sean

    says:

    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.

  47. Avatar Of Kath

    Kath

    says:

    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!!

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Nikki

        Nikki

        says:

        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!

        • Avatar Of Holy Cow

          Holy cow

          says:

          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.

          • Avatar Of Nikki

            Nikki

            says:

            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.

          • Avatar Of Maria

            Maria

            says:

            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?

          • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

            Bhuwan Anand

            says:

            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

          • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

            Bhuwan Anand

            says:

            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.

      • Avatar Of Kath

        Kath

        says:

        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!!

        • Avatar Of Holy Cow

          Holy cow

          says:

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

    • Avatar Of Katie

      Katie

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Leah

    Leah

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Ilmm

      ILMM

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Caryl Myers

      Caryl Myers

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Nicole

      Nicole

      says:

      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”.

      • Avatar Of Rufus

        Rufus

        says:

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

      • Avatar Of Nikki

        Nikki

        says:

        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.

      • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

        Bhuwan Anand

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Lei

      Lei

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Holy Cow

        Holy cow

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Maria

          Maria

          says:

          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.

          • Avatar Of Holy Cow

            Holy cow

            says:

            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.

    • Avatar Of Nancy

      Nancy

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

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

      • Avatar Of Hannah

        Hannah

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Darklea

      darklea

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Susan

      Susan

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Gregory

    Gregory

    says:

    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.

    encyclopedia-titanica.org/children-on-titanic/

    • Avatar Of Wolf

      Wolf

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Rosemarie

      rosemarie

      says:

      u are a idiot

    • Avatar Of Bryce

      Bryce

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Holy Cow

      Holy cow

      says:

      Spot on, sir

      • Avatar Of Sparky

        Sparky

        says:

        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.

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

      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

    • Avatar Of Luna Tick

      Luna Tick

      says:

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

      • Avatar Of Linda

        Linda

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Susan

          Susan

          says:

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

    • Avatar Of Darklea

      darklea

      says:

      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

    • Avatar Of Gc

      GC

      says:

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

  50. Avatar Of Rosemary

    Rosemary

    says:

    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 . . .

    • Avatar Of Danielle

      Danielle

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Isold

      ISOLD

      says:

      well done, they are family members too!

      • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

        Bhuwan Anand

        says:

        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. Avatar Of Shaymanbob

    Shaymanbob

    says:

    “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. Avatar Of Diana

    Diana

    says:

    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!

    • Avatar Of Andyj

      andyj

      says:

      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.

      • Avatar Of Lyn Kash

        lyn kash

        says:

        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.

  53. Avatar Of Brandy

    Brandy

    says:

    They go,I go.

  54. Avatar Of Claudia

    Claudia

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Lyn Kash

      lyn kash

      says:

      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 hours.it 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 it.so 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 perfect.it was billed as such.it 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.”

    • Avatar Of Lyn Kash

      lyn kash

      says:

      I should have proof read sorry for many typing errors

    • Avatar Of Bhuwan Anand

      Bhuwan Anand

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Simran Dhawan Sharma

    Simran Dhawan Sharma

    says:

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

  56. Avatar Of Leslie Long

    Leslie Long

    says:

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

  57. Avatar Of Nikki

    Nikki

    says:

    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

    • Avatar Of Andyj

      andyj

      says:

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

    • Avatar Of Kathy

      Kathy

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Randall

    Randall

    says:

    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. Avatar Of John

    John

    says:

    Yep, I’d go down with my loves.

  60. Avatar Of Laura

    Laura

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Myrnarodriguez

    myrnarodriguez

    says:

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

  62. Avatar Of Betty Lou

    Betty Lou

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Betty Lou

    Betty Lou

    says:

    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.

  64. Avatar Of Betsy

    Betsy

    says:

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

  65. Avatar Of Jim

    Jim

    says:

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

  66. Avatar Of Renee Koenitzer

    Renee Koenitzer

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Tina Miller

    Tina Miller

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Colin

      Colin

      says:

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

  68. Avatar Of Maria Luisa Redona

    maria luisa redona

    says:

    I AM SO GLAD THAT MOST PEOPLE LOVE DOGS TO THE DEATH !! JUST LIKE ME !! YES I DIE WITH THEM !! FEELINGS LIFE WITH THEM IS THE GREATEST GIFT OF MANKIND FOR ME !!HOW COULD YOU SLEEP AFTER LEAVING YOUR DOG BEHIND IN DISASTER !I WONDER HOW SHE COPE THAT SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AFTER THAT TRAGIC HAPPENS ABOUT HER DOG !OR JSUT NO CONSCIENSE AT ALL !
    A BIG NO ! NO !! TO LEAVE THEM ! THEY ARE MY LIFE ! THEY ARE MY BREATH !! HW CAN I BREATHE WITHOUT THEM ! OH MY GOD DONT LET ME HAPPEN LIKE THAT TITANIC ! OR WHATEVER DISASTER ! CAUSE I KNOW I DIE WITH THEM !!

  69. Avatar Of Dennis

    Dennis

    says:

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

  70. Avatar Of Kit Peto

    kit peto

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Shay

    Shay

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Cindy Venettozzi-Bly

    Cindy Venettozzi-Bly

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Jeanie M

      Jeanie M

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Charlie

    Charlie

    says:

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

  74. Avatar Of Patricia Downes

    Patricia Downes

    says:

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

  75. Avatar Of Sarah Saylor

    Sarah Saylor

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Irena

    Irena

    says:

    Respect Ann Elizabeth Isham!

  77. Avatar Of Meagan

    Meagan

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Cheryl Dwyer

    Cheryl Dwyer

    says:

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

  79. Avatar Of Rondal Lawson

    Rondal Lawson

    says:

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

  80. Avatar Of C Whitten

    C Whitten

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann

    says:

    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!

    • Avatar Of Susan

      susan

      says:

      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

    • Avatar Of Dorie

      Dorie

      says:

      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!

    • Avatar Of Darklea

      darklea

      says:

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

  82. Avatar Of Linda

    Linda

    says:

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

    • Avatar Of Lorraine

      Lorraine

      says:

      yes, unplug and die

      • Avatar Of Jonah

        Jonah

        says:

        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.

        • Avatar Of Lauren

          Lauren

          says:

          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.

        • Avatar Of Ellen Kline

          Ellen Kline

          says:

          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. Avatar Of Stefany Potter

    Stefany potter

    says:

    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)…

    • Avatar Of Mimi

      Mimi

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Allice

    allice

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Callie

    Callie

    says:

    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.

  86. Avatar Of Linda Harling

    linda harling

    says:

    don’t think could have left my dog!

  87. Avatar Of Anthony

    Anthony

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Daniel Simpson

    Daniel Simpson

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Daniel Simpson

    Daniel Simpson

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Peggy

      peggy

      says:

      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.

    • Avatar Of Betty Lou

      Betty Lou

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Maru

    Maru

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Bonnie

    Bonnie

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Vickie Francis

      Vickie Francis

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Toye

    Toye

    says:

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

  93. Avatar Of Allen

    Allen

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Daniel Simpson

      Daniel Simpson

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Jaclyn1973

    jaclyn1973

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Susan

      susan

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Tina

    Tina

    says:

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

  96. Avatar Of Annette

    Annette

    says:

    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!

  97. Avatar Of Sherri

    Sherri

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Dawn

    Dawn

    says:

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

  99. Avatar Of Diablo 3 Inferno

    Diablo 3 Inferno

    says:

    …………………………………………………………………………………………… 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. Avatar Of Maria K

    MARIA K

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Joan

    Joan

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Carrie Young

    Carrie Young

    says:

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

  103. Avatar Of Doris Sturm

    Doris Sturm

    says:

    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!

    • Avatar Of Cass

      Cass

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Gioia Spano

    gioia spano

    says:

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

  105. Avatar Of Toni

    Toni

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Susan

    Susan

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Cat Robinson

    Cat Robinson

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Cheryl Y

    Cheryl Y

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Marlene Hodgkins

    marlene hodgkins

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Rose Harries

    Rose Harries

    says:

    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

    • Avatar Of Wendy

      Wendy

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Dawn Frydenlund

    Dawn Frydenlund

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Nikki Shepherd

    nikki shepherd

    says:

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

  113. Avatar Of Dog Lover

    Dog Lover

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Paws

    Paws

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Lauren

    Lauren

    says:

    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

    • Avatar Of Karen Cooper

      karen cooper

      says:

      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!

    • Avatar Of Nikki Shepherd

      nikki shepherd

      says:

      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. Avatar Of Helen Rowan

    Helen Rowan

    says:

    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. Avatar Of Judi

    Judi

    says:

    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.

    • Avatar Of Taylor

      taylor

      says:

      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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