We all know dogs are a man’s best friend. But it’s not until you read these heroic stories that you truly understand the deep connection we have with our furry friends.
Brutis was a 7-year-old golden retriever, who saved a young child from a deadly snake bite in 2004. The coral snake was apparently making its way towards the child when Brutis snatched it up in his mouth stopping it from getting too close. Unfortunately, Brutis suffered a near-fatal snake bite, but was saved just in time at a local vet. He later received the National Hero Dog award.
The half-breed wolf dog named Shana, surprised the world when Fox News covered the story of how she saved an elderly couple from a terrible snowstorm. When the dog found the couple outside trapped by meters of snow, she started to dig a tunnel through which she was able to pull the couple out. They were then able to make it back home to safety. If it wasn’t for this dog’s bravery, this couple may not have survived.
When a gunman entered the Patel house late at night, Moti leapt into action to protect his humans. By barking furiously at the intruder, he distracted the gunman, who then ran away, unfortunately, not before he shot Moti in the chest. Luckily, he made a full recovery.
Trakr was a German Shepard who was trained by the New York City Police Department. The days immediately after 9/11, Trakr dug through almost 30 feet of unstable debris, which could have fallen at any moment. He was on a hunt to find the last human survivor of the attack. This was an impossible mission for a human or machine to complete.
Honey, the 5-month old Cocker Spaniel, saved her owner after their SUV rolled over and became stuck in a deep ditch. Her owner, Michael Bosch was trapped and unable to escape. Hoping that Honey knew what to do, Bosche was able to release her from the wreckage. She then took off down the road and attracted the attention of a man and managed to encourage him to follow her to the toppled car. The man was then able to call for rescuers to save Bosch, who was in a near-fatal state. Honey was awarded Dog of the Year in 2006.
When Brenda Owen was walking her dog Penny along a boardwalk, she noticed a wheelchair floating in the river and just meters away, a woman was struggling to stay above water. She shouted to Penny “fetch!”, who then jumped in the water and swam to the drowning woman. Grabbing her by her clothing, Penny pulled the woman to safety, who was then attended to by paramedics. Although Penny was 10 years old, she managed to find the strength to save the drowning woman.