Heroism can be defined as courage, especially when under duress. A hero someone who selflessly comes in with a helping hand–or paw–for anyone who’s facing peril. And what’s great about heroes is they can come in any shape, form, or species–even a dog!
We’ve often seen the heroics of Lassie on television when she lived with her adopted family and saved them from many sticky situations. But the heroics of dogs aren’t confined to just your television screen.
There are many loving and loyal dogs out there who have saved the lives of their humans, and we’ve got a few stories that demonstration their courage.
Here are five hero dogs who saved people’s lives
1. Sako Protects His Owner After Car Crash
In Kanaka Bar, British Columbia sometime in the summer of 2014, then 16-year-old Joseph Phillips-Garcia was heading home after a day of fishing with his aunt, friend, cousin, and Sako, a four-year-old King Shepherd.
Unfortunately, the car went off road and 100 yards down a steep hill into the forest. Joseph and Sako were, sadly, the only two to survive the crash.
Suffering a broken leg and collar bone, Joseph was stranded with no way to get back on the road. And with his sustained injuries and the cold of night soon coming, Joseph was in worlds of danger.
But that’s when Sako’s heroics came into play. Sako did everything he could. He kept Joseph warm throughout the night and then helped him get to a nearby creek for water.
Sako even fought a pack of coyotes off until a rescue team came through 40 hours later. It was a true test of not just courage, but the loyalty of a dog, as well.
2. Yolanda Dials 9-1-1 To Help Blind Owner
Maria Colon, a Puerto-Rican native who now lives in Philadelphia, lost her eyesight in the early 1990s. She then adopted a service dog, a beautiful Golden Labrador, named Yolanda, to assist her with her daily life.
But Yolanda would be called on to do more than just guide Maria. Once night a fire broke out in Maria’s home as she was asleep. Noticing the smell of smoke in the air, Maria called on Yolanda by yelling”“danger,” an emergency word she was trained to know.
Yolanda immediately dialed 911 through a specialized phone, and soon after, emergency services came to their aid. After a few days away getting treatment, they were reunited, and Maria has been grateful to Yolanda ever since.
3. Peanut Leads Her Owners To A 3-Year-Old Girl Stuck In A Ditch
A dog who lived in Rapid River, Michigan with both her pet parents was able to save the life of a little girl.
During a typical morning, a husband and wife couple noticed their newly adopted dog, Peanut was running up and down the stairs, barking and sprinting until the couple decided to let her outside the backyard.
As soon as Peanut was let out, she went barreling towards the field behind the couple’s house. The husband followed until he came across an uninjured three-year-old girl in a ditch, curled up and shaking from the cold.
Authorities came and took the girl to a nearby hospital. An investigation soon revealed she’d been in unsafe living conditions, and emergency services took both the girl and her sister from the neglectful parents.
What’s even more amazing is the fact that Peanut had also come from an abusive home prior to being saved by her current pet parents. This is another reason why we love dogs! They just know!
4. Bretagne, The Last Of The Canine Responders During 9/11
During one of the most horrific events on US soil, one of the many heroes who valiantly worked to save lives was a dog named Bretagne, a search and rescue Golden Retriever whose very first assignment was searching for survivor’s during 9/11.
Braving the deadly fires, falling debris, and other perils, Bretagne risked her life to help find others. Even after 9/11, she assisted during Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan.
She eventually retired at ten years old and went to elementary schools as a reading dog and did more community service than most humans have. In the end of a beautiful and courageous life, Bretagne died at 16 due to kidney failure.
Her accomplishments and service will never be forgotten!
5. Babu Saves Her 83-Year-Old Owner From Tsnumi
This odd behavior led Tami Akanuma, 83-years-old at the time, to grab the leash and take her out. As soon as they were outside, Babu pulled and strained her way towards a nearby hill which was the exact opposite direction of the normal route they take when Babu and Tami go for a walk.
Tami decided to follow her dog’s lead, and she’s glad she did, for as soon as they reached the top of the hill, a devastating tsunami hit the district in which she lived. It’s an amazing act of love that makes Babu a hero!
What do you think of these dogs who saved people’s lives? Do you know any dogs who deserve to be added to this list? Let us know in the comments below!