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Tara the Hero Cat Practicing for Her Baseball Debut

UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 03:00PM

Tara the Hero Cat Practicing for Her Baseball Debut

Originally posted 05/19/2014 01:35PM

Judging by her heroic purr-formance that went viral last week, we're sure Tara the cat is going to nail it when she helps throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game this week.

But really: If you saw the way she protected 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo during a vicious dog attack, you get it. (And if you missed it, watch the video below.)

Still, the hero cat is clocking in plenty of prep time before she takes the field at Tuesday's Bakersfield Blaze game in California.

"TARA THE HERO CAT has been practicing for her first pitch on Tuesday!" the team's Twitter account announced Sunday.

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UpdatePosted 05/16/2014 04:15PM

Flashback Friday: Remember When This Cat Fought Off Two Alligators?

Originally posted 05/16/2014 03:30PM

As with the mythological Greek heroes of yore, the legendary feats of our nation's feline champions will echo down through generations. Today's epic purr-etry tells the tale of Tara, a California tabby that saved its young owner from a vicious dog mauling.

But in the annals of history lies another hero cat, Mugsy the Gatorbane. Though the bards do not sing of Mugsy as they once did, back in the ancient Internet age of 2010 his story was shouted from the hilltops of Jezebel to the valley of the Telegraph.

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Love the Hero Cat? Meet These 6 Other Superpets!

UpdatePosted 05/16/2014 11:45AM

Love the Hero Cat? Then You Have to Meet These Heroic Pets!

Originally posted 05/16/2014 09:00AM

When Tara the cat came to the rescue of a young boy in California this week, pouncing on a dog that was attacking the child, the Internet was captivated. The whole unbelievable episode was caught on camera – and around 8 million people have watched the video on YouTube so far.

Tara is just one of many pets who has gone the distance for a human, stepping in to save a life when sensing something is wrong. Below, find six of our favorite stories of animal bravery – and be sure to give your pets a little extra love tonight:

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Hero Cat's Mom: She Used to Guard Our Son in His Crib

Hero Cat's Mom: She Used to Guard Our Son in His Crib

Originally posted 05/16/2014 10:00AM

Erika Triantafilo says that while Tara the hero cat had never been quite so heroic before this week – famously body slamming a neighbor's dog who viciously attacked her 4-year-old son Jeremy – she was not completely surprised by Tara's protective actions.

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Family of 'Hero Cat' Talks about Their Brave Pet

Family of 'Hero Cat' Talks about Their Brave Pet

Originally posted 05/15/2014 03:45PM

The cat's out of the bag.

The family of the "hero cat" – a Southwest Bakersfield, California, pet who bravely jumped on a dog attacking a boy in a rescue caught on security cameras – talked about its fearless feline on Today on Thursday.

"I'd never seen a dog just shake a child like that and so violently," says the boy's mother, Erica Triantafilo. "I thought he had a hold of his pants. It wasn't until I got there that I really saw that no, he had a hold of Jeremy."

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Hero Dog Saves His Owner By Dialing 911

Hero Dog Saves His Owner By Dialing 911

Originally posted 05/14/2014 05:25PM

Now this is one smart dog!

When Terry McGlade collapsed from a seizure, his rescue dog Major knew just what to do – he grabbed the phone out of McGlade's pockets with his teeth and stepped on the screen for several seconds, automatically dialing 911.

"I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn't have called," says McGlade, who told ABC6 that the dog had actually never been trained to call 911.

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Watch a Family of Geese Stop Traffic on an Illinois Interstate

UpdatePosted 05/07/2014 06:15PM

The Daily Treat: Family of Geese Stops Traffic on Illinois Interstate

Originally posted 05/07/2014 04:00PM

Most of the time, traffic jams are frustrating, inconvenient and redeeming only in the sense that you can sit in your car and listen to Beyoncé.

The bumper-to-bumper grind is almost never described as adorable – though it is when a family of Canada geese is trying to cross the interstate.

Seven geese – two adults and five goslings – disrupted traffic for more than one hour on an Illinois interstate Tuesday night as police escorted them to safety, reports NBC Chicago. (Watch the so-sweet video below.)

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Golden Retriever Found Protecting 81-Year-Old Owner's Body from Coyotes (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/07/2014 11:30AM

Buddy wasn't a service dog, but he served his owner until the day he died.

The golden retriever was found in Colorado, guarding his 81-year-old owner's body from coyotes after Robert Blake had perished during a cross-country skiing trip Friday afternoon.

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Credit: Courtesy CBS
Bruno the Police Dog Recovering After Being Shot In the Face

UpdatePosted 03/28/2014 04:35PM

Bruno the Police Dog Recovering After Being Shot In the Face

Originally posted 03/28/2014 04:15PM

A police dog named Bruno is recovering after being shot during a parole check in Anaheim, Calif.

The 7-year-old German Shepherd had emergency surgery to remove a bullet from his lung and repair his jaw after a man began shooting at police officers on March 20. Bruno was injured after guiding officers to where Robert Moreno Jr., a known gang member, was hiding.

"The dog alerted that the suspect was hiding behind a trash can. As they went up, the suspect stood up and started shooting at the direction of the officers and purposely aimed at the dog, shooting the dog," Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told CBS Los Angeles.

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Who Helped Ashley Ransley Overcome Anorexia? Her Rescue Cat, Riley

Originally posted 03/26/2014 05:40PM

Ashley Ransley says she owes her life, in part, to a cat named Riley. It was back in 2008 when Ransley, who had battled anorexia while in high school and college, had left yet another treatment center and resigned herself to the idea that her disorder would ultimately kill her.

"She was dying," recalls her mom, Nancy Day, 66. "There was nothing we could do to reach her."

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