Today we have the ability to access news 24/7, from just about anywhere in the world. It’s no surprise then, to see story after story of animals that come to the rescue of their owners.
Take for example Lulu, the pot bellied pig. Her owner Jo Ann was on vacation when she suffered a heart attack and could not call for help. While her owner was lying unconscious on the floor, Lulu made her way out of the house and into the middle of the street where she proceeded to lay down in front of cars that were headed her way. One motorist finally stopped to check that the pig was OK; Lulu got up and guided the man back to her home where the man was able to see Jo Ann unconscious on the floor. He called 911 and Jo Ann was able to get the help she needed, thanks to Lulu.
Dogs are perhaps more well known for their heroic deeds than are pigs and it doesn’t seem to matter the size of the dog. From a tiny Shih Tzu to a Siberian Husky dogs are known to be loyal companions, even putting themselves in danger to rescue their human (and sometimes animal) friends. Smaller dogs can be quite vicious when provoked, and can sometimes be scarier than their larger counterparts!
A Terrier mix named Ginny put herself in danger several times to help save cats who were in peril themselves. A pit bull named Maya help to save her owner from a vicious home invasion, and a Cocker Spaniel puppy named Honey saved her owner from a car crash in which he would have died without her help.
An 85 year old woman fell while walking and was being threatened by an alligator when her dog Blue charged the alligator and chased it away. An English Bulldog (who are not known to be great swimmers) named Napoleon saved a sack of kittens that was floating in a lake. A Siberian Husky named Neo saved his human companion when she went into hypoglycemic shock. He ran into a nearby building and caused a commotion, causing people within to follow him back to where his owner had fallen. Shelby saved her human family from carbon monoxide poisoning; while the family all lay asleep the dog smelled the leak and furiously ran around the house barking and nudging everyone until they woke up. The family was treated at the hospital and all made a full recovery.
We’ve all heard stories about pirates hijacking boats; while a family was on their 41 foot boat a group of pirates attempted to hijack them, but was unsuccessful when the family’s’ dog Kankuntu attacked the gunmen sustaining a bullet wound and a knife stab between the shoulder blades. Needless to say the grateful family got Kankuntu the help he needed to recover.
Our canine companions are more than just pets; they help us to feel less lonely, lower blood pressure, and in some cases can even save our lives.