“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. Mark Twain
1. Shana, New York, 2006.
It was 12th October and a huge storm hit upstate New York. The Fertigs, an elderly couple, were trapped underneath fallen branches and fresh snow away from their home and other major buildings. They were close to giving up when their adopted half-breed, Shana dug a path in the snow tunneling all the way home. She dragged both her owners home and lay on top to keep them warm, until the firefighters arrived.
Shana received the Hero’s Award for bravery from the Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment, an award traditionally given to humans.
2. Belle, Florida, 2006.
In the most unusual cases of dog’s saving their owners’ lives, Belle, a beagle, actually called 911 to alert authorities when her diabetic owner suffered a seizure and collapsed. Belle had been taught to react in emergency situations by biting on the number 9 in a phone to call 911. Belle is the first dog ever to receive the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency.
3. Napoleon, Michigan, 2008.
Dogs and cats could be traditionally enemies but that didn’t stop Napoleon, a 2-yr-old English bulldog from rescuing them at the cost of his own well-being. While on a walk with his owner, Napoleon suddenly raced across the road to a lake nearby. Although bulldogs are poor swimmers due to their body shape, Napoleon jumped in the laketo drag out a burlap sack in his mouth. When the owner finally opened the sack, he realized there were six abandoned kittens inside. Though two of the kittens didn’t survive, the remaining four were nursed back to health and taken to the pet adoption center where Napoleon received a hero’s welcome.
4. Brin, Afghanistan, 2013
Brin, a stray mixed breed in the streets of Afghanistan was adopted by the British Army. The soldiers stationed in the Helmand province discovered that the stray had a keen sense of smelling danger and was soon accompanying them in regular patrols. During one such patrol, Brin’s barking saved the lives of two soldiers from a hidden bomb.
Brin was later captured by the Taliban during a raid but was eventually found again during a mission of the Afghanistan Special Forces. But he still faced a plight of being left behind and killed until a worldwide campaign made sure he was brought to UK by the Nowzad Dogs Charity.
5. Brave Dog, Nigeria, 2017
A stray dog in Nigeria saved an entire wedding party from imminent danger when it tackled a suicide bomber until the bombs detonated and sacrificed itself in the process. Local police confirmed the dog’s interference did save a lot of people and hailed a most valiant death.
All we need to say, ‘Good Boy’!