In honor of National Dog Day, we present truly heroic pooches (part 1)
In honor of National Dog Day, we wanted to showcase the heroism and loyalty of dogs.
These selfless canines put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of humans.
Some are big, some are small, but all are man’s best friend.
Kabang stopped a deadly motorcycle accident
In December 2011, Kabang leapt into the path of an oncoming motorcycle to stop it from hitting her owner’s niece and teenage daughter and suffered horrific injuries in the process.
The girls were unhurt, but the dog lost her snout and the top part of her jaw in the ensuing accident. Miraculously, she survived, and recovered in an animal hospital in California for seven months. When she returned to the Philippines, she was greeted with a hero’s welcome.
Trakr found one of the last survivors of the 9/11 attacks
Trakr was a police dog for six years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and retired in May 2001. But on September 11th of the same year, Trakr and his trainer, Canadian police officer James Symington, came out of retirement. They drove 15 hours to Ground Zero to aid in the search and rescue efforts, and Trakr sniffed out Genelle Guzman, the last survivor of the attacks to be found in the rubble, according to TIME.
After two days of searching, the dog collapsed from smoke inhalation, exhaustion, and burns. He was later presented with the Extraordinary Service to Humanity Award by Dr. Jane Goodall, and died peacefully in 2009.
Eve saved her paraplegic owner
Kathie Vaughan was driving her truck one day when it began to fishtail, and when she pulled over, the cockpit began to fill with smoke. Kathie, a paraplegic, couldn’t get herself out of the car, but she pushed her Rottweiler Eve out the door first.
Kathie was in danger of passing out when she felt Eve grab her leg with her jaws. The brave dog dragged her owner to safety ten feet away just before the truck burst into flames, according to Care2.
~ Courtesy of Business Insider