If You Only Read One Thing Today, Read This

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71 thoughts on “If You Only Read One Thing Today, Read This

  1. The only thing equal to the loyality of a dog is the loyality of a soldier who is willing to risk life and limb in his belief in the values his country upholds. It is up to us to make sure those values remain noble and rightous.
    I believe this story, ficticious or not, has value .

  2. I am sitting here crying. I am so glad Tank has u to take care of him. I am a dog lovermy little guys nam is Dill Pickle. He is a dashaund and I love him to pieces

  3. Have much trouble even watching tv when they ask for donations for abused animals this is heartbreaking. So many abuse animals and also PEOPLE. GOD HELP the abusers

  4. Have much trouble even watching tv when they ask for donations for abused animals this is heartbreaking. So many abuse animals and also PEOPLE. GOD HELP the abusers

  5. I just spent about an hour searching websites that list silver star recipients for both the Global war on terrorism & Desert storm, no Paul Mallory was list to have receive the award in either war. My husband has served in the global war on terrorism & thank God returned home safely. To publish a story & present some one as a national hero under false pretense is a slap in the face to all vets who have sacrificed their lives & those who have literally given life & limb in service for our country. Its a lovely STORY but that appears to be it.

  6. I just had to putt my chocolate lab to sleep. She was 15 years old and the highlight of my days. I miss her terribly but I know that she is in doggie heaven, pain free, running and having fun with a ball somewhere sunny. RIP my sweet, sweet Phibi

  7. That just made me cry… I mean, cry like a BABY. I have a problem: I love animals to the core of my being. It is my strongest attribute as well as my weakest. I not only imagine what an animal is feeling, I empathize with it… like feel it deeply and dream vividly all night- if not days- about an animal that I’ve read about or seen or encountered. To the dismay of my family, I would take any living four-legged creature if it wandered in my path and needed help. When I read this story, I could only think of two things: (1) Tank probably didn’t get three tennis balls in his mouth, that sounds like a great ending to a really sad story, and (2), the overwhelming sense of sadness and confusion an animal feels when being dumped or handed over to a “shelter” when it’s known no one in its whole entire life but the person who abandoned it. Please, if I had a dying wish for anyone or anything other than my family members, it’s this: DO NOT BUY A PET. Tell everyone and anyone you know. For the hundreds-of-thousands of animals dropped off at shelters every year, less than 50% make it out. Buying a pet only contributes to the death of countless animals in shelters and to the unfathomable existence and extreme suffering of those in puppy mills and breeding facilities. I will be the first to admit I’ve done so… and will also be the first to say I was WRONG. I can expound upon the reasons with each individual dog I’ve purchased- each of them loved to the very last breath of their too-short life- but I cannot beg enough for people to not follow in my footsteps. Every single animal in a shelter (most especially dogs if not still puppies… and the older ones need you the most because they are the most-overlooked) will be scared, timid, less of who they really are inside. They have loyalty to whomever left them there. They are confused. They are mourning a loss just like you or I would if everyone we knew suddenly vanished. They keep thinking their owner will show up anytime now. Give them your attention. Give them a chance to feel love again. Adopt the less-adoptable pet… and for Godsake, PLEASE do not buy. ❤️ And I apologize for my sermon… it’s the story’s fault.

  8. snopes…letters mixed peonss……maybe not accurate ..like the story..maybe story is accurate….get lives..get off the flippin computer…..can’t just leave well enough alone..and boo hoo to the military wife..been there, done that, there are thousands of strong women and men who fight for this country or stay home and hold onto life till hopefully their loved one comes home…or not….point is …LIFE IS SHORT!!! if you don’t have one GET ONE…and not on the flippin computer. Who cares if the story is real or not..those of us with hearts enjoyed it till the computer “peonss” had to get all accurate…F off

  9. Moving fictional or not. Anyone that has to point its out just needs a life. If you didn’t like the story why take the time to comment? They have websites for miserable people to rant and they will help fill that desperate need to be so negative god bless!

  10. Three funny inconsistencies:

    1) Man packs boxes, moves to new town. Man adopts dog in new town, accepts dog’s stuff. Dog’s stuff somehow becomes lost in the boxes that were packed before the dog was adopted?

    2) Who the hell packs their cell phone into moving boxes?

    3) Soldier plans to put his dog up for adoption, writes an instruction letter, seals the letter in an envelope, takes it and the dog to the shelter. When the soldier get to the shelter, he makes hasty decision to give the shelter the incorrect name for the dog. Magically, the explanation for this is already reflected in the letter the soldier wrote before he left his house.

    Story is terribly written, with cheap devices (popular breed of dog, soldier, late disclosure of soldier’s death, letter written by a dead man) to elicit emotion, probably for page views. If you’re going to write a story, try to do a good job. I like fiction, but I like mine after it’s been proof-read by the author before it’s posted.

  11. Wow can’t stop the tears . This really got to me what a wonderful man he gave what he loved up to protect people like me and his beautiful country !!!

  12. Wow, that’s a lot of vitriol directed at the people who pointed out that this didn’t really happen. Why are you cursing them? This post can be enjoyed as a sweet piece of fiction: a reminder of the awesomeness of dogs, of the importance of pet adoption, and of the real people who have sacrificed their lives for this country without telling people to f*ck off for telling the truth. So sorry that something you read on the internet was made up and that knowing that has ruined your day.

    Here is why I appreciate that those people pointed out that this story is not true (even though I could tell while reading that it didn’t pass the military sniff test). Paul Mallory is NOT a real person, not a Silver Star recipient, he performed no act of heroism, yet the earliest comments were earnestly (and with the best of intentions) thanking him for his service and sacrifice. As the wife of a Marine, I bristle at this. I know stories of real sacrifice and real heroism. We’ve lost friends who actually did give their lives for their country. We have watched, feeling helpless, as injured friends attempt to put themselves back together after losing eyes, limbs, and suffering horrible burns. So for people to be unwittingly thanking a fictional person for his sacrifice… yeah, that rankles. Talk to the child whose father died and isn’t coming home. That’s sacrifice.

    If you were touched by this story, how about looking to see how you can help a service member’s family during a deployment? I, for example, couldn’t get anyone to watch our sweet-tempered dog last summer when my husband was in Afghanistan and I needed to travel with my kids. The reality is people are quick to say thank you but not so quick to actually help. So help a service member. Help their family. Help an organization like Dogs on Deployment, which tries to find temporary foster homes for the dogs of deploying active duty. Or help at your local shelter. But don’t beat people down for pointing out that a work of fiction is what it is.

    • Thank you for that.

      I don’t know why we as a nation are so offended by the truth that we have to run and hide from it. If the story moved you, then why does it not still move you knowing that it’s fictional? If it doesn’t matter to you whether or not it actually happened, then why be angry at the people who’ve rightly pointed out that it didn’t actually happen?

      The question I’d like some of these people to ask themselves is, “Why do I find the truth so offensive that I’d rather believe a fiction and attack one of the few honest people left in the world who’s willing to educate me and ensure that I know how to tell the truth from a lie?”

      For me, knowing this story isn’t true doesn’t take away from its message. Having it masquerade as the truth does though. If everyone knew and understood that the story wasn’t true, I would be fine with that. But it isn’t true, and obviously a lot of well-intentioned people thought and believed that it was– that’s where the problem lies. A fictional movie tells you that it’s a work of fiction or a dramatization and nobody complains about having the end of the credits “ruin it” for them by saying so.

      It’s really bizarre.

      I think it’s a great story, but I’d rather reserve my praise for real people who actually exist, and real stories of events that have actually happened. The best thing I got from this story other than a story is knowing that there are organizations that help connect military pets to foster families (thanks for naming one of them)– now the next time I’m able to, I’ll have the opportunity to help care for a service member’s pet for them while they’re serving and protecting the rights and freedoms that I usually take for granted because they do such a great job of protecting them for me.

      One of the biggest problems with not pointing out when a story like this is fictitious is that, as we’re exposed to story after story of over the top amazing feats and sacrifices, we wind up dulling our senses and losing the ability to recognize and appreciate the REAL feats and sacrifices that real people make all around us every day. We stop rewarding the people who do the right thing (like those who tell us when we’re being duped, or who risk their lives and health to protect us) and start rewarding people who make things up and tell lies for fame and profit. Is it any wonder we are where we are today?

      Thank you for your sacrifices and for letting people know how they can actually help real people with real problems. I’ll pass that along to my family and friends.

      • Thanks, Keith D., for your response. It is very appreciated, and it’s good to see someone who is on my wavelength about this.

      • I understand where both of you are coming from, and I am 100% with agreeing that people need to stop just making comments about “how much they support our troops”, and “thank you for your service” and actually go out and do something to help them. Though with that being said, I feel like you two have totally missed the point of this story, whether it is actually a fake on or not, there was a purpose behind it. That purpose? To show that sometimes, sometimes you really need to pay attention to your surroundings and not be so caught up in just yourself. This story shows that everyone has a back story, even a precious pup, and never judge so quickly. That’s what the person who adopted “Tank” did, they judged. They didn’t think that the dog would need its toys, didn’t even think to read the letter until it was almost too late.
        Though, isn’t that what all this was about? To show people not to be so quick to judge? To actually sit back and take a look around the world, try and live in someone else’s shoes for once? Maybe even start to understand the world a lot better. As you see I am not saying that this story is real or fake, though I am making a point to say, it is here to attempt to teach a lesson. A lesson in humanity, selflessness and all around love for animals and for those who serve are country and their families.
        Now for this whole make things up for fame and profit. I bet you guys read books right? Or watch movies? Well sorry for a reality check, not all of those are real, they are mostly made up making them all lies. Those “lies” make the owners famous and wealthy. Isn’t that the same thing you are trying to dispute in your post? That’s what I thought. So before you go off on people for not supporting the troops and getting mad because people thanked a soldier, whether real or fake, just think of the whole picture.

  13. as I set here reading this with my dog in my lap and tears in flowing down my cheeks the letter was sad and happy at the same time. Everyone needs to leave a letter about their dog when they can’t take care of it any more so the folks that do take him/her know more about the dog.

    • Whether or not this story turns out to be true–what kind of moron relies on the likes of snopes.com to define their reality? A minimum of scrutiny would reveal the fiction that is snopes.com

  14. This is an amazing story. You don’t have to be a dog lover to relate to this story. It is really sad that a man that gave all for his country had to relinquish his dog to do so. Luckily Tank wasn’t given to just anyone and got a wonderful new mommy who will love him for the rest of his life. Your dog is your family, if not, then you don’t need to have them. I have dobermans and would be devastated if I had to give one up, and will be devastated when I lose one, which I don’t like to think about. I can’t imagine how hard it was for Paul Mallory to leave his precious baby at the shelter knowing in the back of his mind that he may not come back to get him. I am proud to say I am a dog person and always will be, lab or doberman, it doesn’t matter. They are all special and should only be owned by people who know they are!!!!!

  15. this is such a sad story and a happy story.. i wish more people would write letters like this when they have to give up there pet friends. ues it is a tear jerker.


  17. I think it is a wonderful story and it makes you think ! I’m a dog owner and she is a child to me. It would be terrible to just leave her with no help for her future if I was not to come home. Thank you for this story I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Let’s see, Tanya and Ellzie you must have miserable lives. That you could read that story, true or not then trash it. I feel sorry for you both, and you have obviously never loved a dog..

  19. As a story (despite SNOPES “fact checkers”) it connects people to each other through shared enotions (including love for others) and is NOT diminished as Ben5150 also realized. Most of the time though people really do need to discern fiction from truth. But we should acknowledge both the love of our pets and moreso perhaps (definitely!) THANK all our service members for their sacrifice for our country!

  20. I don’t know if you kill joys understand that not all, novels, books or story’s are wholly true. They are intended to illiset emotion and get you thinking or nearly entertain. Use your brain for something other than a gap filler and try too see the big picture. While you are at it, allow others to enjoy as they see fit.

    • another asshole…why the fk cant you idiots just keep quiet…just because youre all miserable little shitbags doesnt mean you have to spend your life trying to make everyone else as miserable as you…….so do you feel acomplished now that you ruined it for everyone??? LOSER

  21. God Bless all the “Paul’s” and “Tanks” in our world. May they always defend our rights…..protect our freedoms…..and meet us at the door with unquestioned adoration and love ~

  22. Regardless, if it didn’t happen, it didn’t happen. Making up a story does not advance the cause of our service men and women. And making up any story just for the purpose of eliciting an emotional response is gag-worthy.

    • Really, Ellzie? That’s all you got out of this whole thing? There is nothing that says the internet can only be factual! Sometimes a story like this is inspirational, both heartwrenching and uplifing at the same time. Why can’t you just appreciate that it could very well HAVE happened, if not to “Tank” and “Mr. Mallory” then to another serviceperson and his/her dog? Huh? Why you gotta be stupid-realist all the time? Let me ask you one last question: In the long run of an argument, would you rather be RIGHT or would you rather be HAPPY? Sometimes you just can’t have both.

    • I know it hurts, the fact that the story is a lie, but think of how people would react if the found out that GOD was something made up to give people hope. After all, hope makes people happy.

  23. You don’t even have to be a dog owner to fall in love with this story. I used to own goldens and labs but too many moves and too small a yard and I don’t any more. But I cried just the same.

  24. I am a dog lover and I especially love labs. This made me tear up. My yellow lab/mix is the love of my life. I don’t know what I would do without her. We are best buddies and she loves to ride in the car, play with tennis balls, and all her toys. She’s a good girl. I love her!

  25. As I lye in bed at 3am reading this, I am very greatful as a vet to be laying next to my wife and two dogs (yes I am pushed all the way over to the edge of the bed) and am very greatful for the sacrifices of my brothers and sisters.

    • If you read the whole post from snopes then I believe this is more than a accurate: “However, that the story may not be literal truth doesn’t prevent it from being figurative truth. Those who serve overseas do so at the cost of great personal sacrifice. A tale such as this — literal truth or not — serves to remind us all of how much they give and how much we owe them.”

      • Hooray for you Yancy and thanks for your comment. Too bad there is always some idiot that can’t resist throwing crap at something beautiful, (ie:Tammy’s comment above)

        • There are many “stories” that are not true, it’s the meaning behind them that we should keep in our hearts. I can see my Dane being this way, that is the point behind it.

      • If you need truth go to a kill shelter and look in the eyes of all those animals about to be “put to sleep”. What difference does it make if it’s fiction – so was Star Wars or didn’t you get that fact? It’s a story with a message. SHEESH


  26. oh my that is a sad story but a happy ending for a big guy to have his owner love him that much…God Bless Paul Mallery for his service

  27. Oh what a touching story. Thank you Paul for your service and for doing the right thing by Tank. I know it was the hardest thing you had to do but now he is happy and safe with his new forever home and will be with you again one day :-)

    • what a touching story. my daughter just lost her black lab. he was the best dog. this story made me cry. they are so smart and lovable. if i didn’t have 2 dogs already i’d go get me a lab.

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