Heroic Canines

Introduction:News reports recently told of Max, a rescued German Shepherd who returned the favor to his owner, Jack Farrell. When deadly carbon monoxide filled their home, Max pulled Jack to safety. My friend Kathy had a rottweiler named Kory who once did much the same for her. But these are only two of the many canine heroes who have lent a paw, muzzle or nose to their humans over the years.

  • 01

    Reona (Rottweiler)

    Reona was a 2 1/2 year old rottie who had never jumped a fence, never ran from her yard and never met her next door neighbor, 5-year-old Vivian Cooper. But when Reona heard the girl crying for help during a 1989 earthquake, she ran across the street jumping three fences and into the kitchen where the little girl stood crying. The dog pushed the girl out of the way moments before a microwave came crashing down where the girl had been standing. Reona the sat on the girl, protecting her until the quake ended.

  • 02

    Orlando (Black Lab)

    Orlando is a seeing-eye dog who went above and beyond the call of duty in December 2013 when his master, Cecil Williams lost consciousness and fell onto the tracks of a New York subway as a train was approaching. Orlando first tried to keep Williams from falling and then jumped in after the blind man when he was unable to stop the fall. Together they laid between the tracks as the train traveled over them.

  • 03

    Maya (American Pit Bull Terrier)

    When Maya's owner, Angela Marcelino, was surprised by a man and attacked after opening her door, Maya came to the rescue. While the dog grabbed the man's attention, Marcelino was able to grab... something else of the man's. With both the woman and the dog tightening their grips, the man gave up and ran away. But police officers were able to get DNA from blood on Maya's face and tracked the man down.

  • 04

    Blue (Australian Blue Heeler)

    When his 85-year-old owner, Ruth Gay, fell behind her house, the situation became deadly when an alligator came looking to take advantage of the elderly fallen woman. Blue stepped in and fought the gator until it gave up and ran away. The Florida dog was named Dog Hero of the Year in 2001. Both dog and owner make full recoveries from their injuries.

  • 05

    King (German Shepherd)

    When a fire broke out the morning after Christmas in 1981, the Carlson family was lucky to have their loyal canine King in the home. Though the dog had an easy escape route from the house, he chose instead to use his claws and teeth to fight his way through a closed door to make his way inside where he woke the family. Though he suffered several injuries he refused to leave the house until everyone was out safely.




Final Thoughts

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. It really comes as no surprise that some of those heroes are four-legged furballs who ask for nothing more than a gentle belly rub in return for their selfless acts.




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