Pretty much everyone who has had a good experience with a dog would agree that we're important to them. The human-canine bond is well-documented, and it's not uncommon to see a dog just gazing at his owner, eyes filled with pure love.
It might surprise you, though, how just how far a dog will go for his or her human. Dogs have engaged in amazing acts of heroism and daring to save the lives of people, and they're glad to do it.
These 7 heroic dog stories will make you want to hug your dog. Guaranteed.
A warning, though. All of these stories are inspiring, but some of them don't have happy endings. They're all true, though, and all show how amazing our best friends really are.
Isis is a Pit Bull. She’s also a hero, having saved Jamie Kraczkowski – her owner – from her drunk, abusive boyfriend.
Said Kraczkowski about the incident:
“Finally, when my head got hit against the wall [by my boyfriend], [Isis] just grabbed his pant leg and she was done. She was done with him abusing me – and abusing her.”
Bretagne was one of more than 100 dogs who spent the days and weeks at the site of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks.
She is now the only rescue and recovery dog known to still be alive 14 years later.
Bretagne and her owner Denise Corliss were members of Texas task Force 1 and 9/11 terror attacks were the first time she was deployed to first look for survivors, then recover those who perished when the two planes flew into the Twin Towers on that horrific day.
Meet Sako, the King Shepherd that protected a seriously injured teen for almost two whole days.
Joseph Phillips-Garcia, then 16, was picking wild potatoes and fishing with his cousin, friend, aunt, and dog, Sako, when the car went off the road on their way back. Sako and Joseph were the only two survivors of the crash.
Thrown from the car, Joseph blacked out. When he woke up hours later he could barely move. The Purina news release stated that the loving pup helped the teen every which way he could.
Potts came home to find her ex-boyfriend inside of her home one day, and she wasn't happy about that - neither was he. The man, Walter Williams, was very aggressive and started hitting Potts with everything he had. As if that wasn't enough, he decided he didn't want Potts to live anymore, so he grabbed a knife and went for it.
Seeing this, the pit bull Lisa had, Lucy, decided she needed to do something about the aggressor and sprang into action. Lucy quickly jumped the aggressor and started biting him directly in the neck. If Williams was going to kill her family, she wasn't going to play around.
The dog from next door had crept up on Tara's owner 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo as he played on his bike in the driveway. The intruder clamped his teeth into Jeremy's leg and began to drag him. Tara dashed to the rescue, body-slammed the dog, and chased him off the scene.
Jeremy needed eight stitches in his leg, and says of Tara, "She is my hero."
Diesel was a seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, she was the latest victim of terror when the french police raided an apartment building in Saint-Denis on the early morning of Wednesday.
A service dog threw himself in front of a mini school bus to try to protect his blind owner and stayed by her side as emergency responders tended to the injured pair, authorities said.
Both Figo, the golden retriever, and his owner, Audrey Stone, were on the mend Tuesday, a day after the collision with the mini school bus in Brewster.