I’m so PROUD of my Belle dog because…
In a nearly unbelievably story titled “Dog Makes Cell Phone Call to Save Owner’s Life“, readers learn about Belle, a beagle who literally bit “911” into Kevin Weaver’s cell phone after the diabetic man collapsed from a seizure. Said Weaver, “there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be dead if I didn’t have Belle”, who became the first canine to win VITA’s Wireless Samaritan Award. Evidently, the pooch had been trained to bite down on the phone’s keypad in the event of an emergency!
I’m so PROUD of my Australian Blue because…
Most people wouldn’t dare to go one-on-one with an alligator, but that’s exactly that Blue did to take home 2001 “Dog Hero of the Year” honors. The Australian Blue Heeler saved Ruth Gay, his 85 year old owner, from an alligator attack behind her home. Reportedly, Ms. Gay had fallen while walking Blue. When a nearby gator lumbered over, threatening to attack, Blue charged into action and sparred with the gator long enough to scare it away. Both Gay and Blue made full recoveries, and blue was awarded with doggie treats, cash, and a specially engraved Dog Hero food bowl..
I’m so PROUD of my Roselle because…
When Michael Hingson found himself on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, it took some unexpected heroics from his yellow labrador to save his life. When the building started to sway and the air filled with choking smoke, Roselle lead Michael to safety, guiding him through the crumbling office toward a stairwell. It wasn’t easy for Michael or Roselle, who was panting and extremely thirsty, but the two managed to reach safety just moments before Tower 1 collapsed.
I’m so PROUD of my Brutis because…
Brutis was a 7 year old golden retriever when he became a hero in 2004. That’s when the loveable pooch snatched up a coral snake as it was slithering dangerously close to a young child, suffering a near-deadly bite from the snake in the process. His heroics did not go unnoticed however, as Brutis was promptly flown to Los Angeles to recieve the National Hero Dog award.
Said the committee who awarded the medal, “when we give an award like this, we’re looking for something extra, something that would make people wonder why a dog would do what he did.”
I’m so PROUD of my Zoey because…
Everyone knows that smaller dogs have to display in attitude what they lack in size, and Zoey is living proof. A five pound chihuahua from Colorado, Zoey made headlines in 2007 for rescuing a one year old child from an approaching three foot rattlesnake when the snake got too close for comfort. While Zoey sustained a small wound from a snakebite above her eye, she eventually recovered and the snake was killed by the dog’s owner.
I’m so PROUD of my Shana because…
In a Fox News story titled “Half-Breed Wolf Dog Hero Rescues Elderly Owners From Snowstorm”, readers learn the heroic tale of Shana, a half wolf dog/half German shepard who saved an elderly couple from a treacherous snow storm. When Shana found Norman and Eve trapped by snow, she went to work, diligently digging out a tunnel through which she would pull the couple back to the safety of their home.
I’m so PROUD of my Moti because…
2007’s Dog of the Year winner was Moti, the five year old German Shepherd who literally took a bullet for his human family. When a masked intruder made his way into the Patel household, Moti wasted little time, leaping to his feet and barking to draw the gunman’s attention. Faced with the angry pooch, the gunman shot him and ran off without harming any of the Patels. Luckily, this furry hero is making a full recovery!
I’m so PROUD of my Honey because…
Honey was the 2006 Dog of the Year, an award she earned by saving her owner from a violent car accident. When she and Michael Bosch found their SUV rolled over and stuck upside down in a deep ravine, Bosch was trapped and knew that Honey was his only hope. With all his strength, he managed to release the dog and hope that she would somehow find help. Sure enough, the then 5 month old English Cocker Spaniel got the attention of a man about a half-mile away and brought him to the scene of the accident. Rescuers concluded that had it not been for this, Bosch would have died.
I’m so PROUD of my Hero because..
In a truly heartwarming story, a four year old Golden Retriever was credited with saving a paralyzed man who got his wheelchair stuck in the middle of a muddy field. When Gareth Jones found himself unable to move, the former soldier’s service dog was ready to answer the call, dutifully pulling the rope Jones threw to him until the wheelchair was pulled free.
Said Jones, “He didn’t let go until I was clear. He knew exactly what he was doing.”
I’m PROUD of my Eve because…
Everyone loves those heart-pounding movie scenes where the hero escapes a burning pit seconds before it explodes, but it’s not so fun in real life. That’s what Kathie, a paralyzed parapalegic, learned when her Rotweiller (Eve) pulled her by the ankles from her burning, smoldering truck. Upon pulling Kathie out, Eve proceeded to drag her to a nearby ditch, just far enough away to avoid the explosion of her vehicle.
After firemen cleared the scene, Eve was awarded the Stillman Award for her bravery.
I’m so PROUD of my Patty because…
Blue’s runner up to the 2001 award was Patty, a yellow lab retreiver who saved her owner from drowning while on a winter duck hunting excursion. After Ray Fogg’s boat capsized and dumped the two into frigid North Atlantic waters, Patty allowed him to grab hold of her tail while she vigorously doggy-paddled against the powerful current. They made it all the way to the nearest land, where they were rescued by game wardens later on that evening.
I’m so PROUD of my Neo because…
This 11 month old Siberian husky earned his hero stripes by getting human help for his imperiled owner, Marci Snead. When Snead (a diabetic with fibromyalsia and rheumatoid arthritis) went into hypoglycemic shock, Neo ran to the nearest building. There, he grabbed the attention of several people who followed Neo back to where Snead had fallen. Within moments, an ambulance was called and the women carted off to a nearby hospital, where she recovered completely.
I’m so proud of my golden retriever because he fought off a cougar to protect me .
I’m so proud of my dog because he saved my three-year-old girl from freezing to death.
I’m proud of my black Lab because he saved a toddler from drowning.
I’m so proud of my dog because he rescued me from a violent attacker.
I’m so proud of my dog because he rescued her paraplegic owner from a burning vehicle.
I’m so proud of my heroic golden retriever because he saved a child from a deadly coral snake.
I’m so proud of my dog because he gave me strength to persevere during Hurricane Katrina.
I’m so proud of my dog because he fearlessly chased a bear out of his injured owner’s house.