02:42 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 12/11/2014 07:30AM
Man's best friend indeed.
When a fire started brewing in the Indianapolis home of Johnny Walker around midnight on Tuesday, his shih tzu/poodle mix Bogey barked furiously to wake him up – ultimately saving the lives of Walker and several others.
According to New York's Daily News, the pup was the first to notice the fire, which was sparked by two unattended space heaters.
Originally posted 10/24/2014 07:15PM
America's newest heroes are not talking about their latest daring mission.
Originally posted 09/11/2014 04:05PM
At Ground Zero in 2001, Bretagne was a specially trained 2-year-old golden retriever who had a sixth sense about who needed her most.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 02:30PM
Man's best friend, indeed.
On Thursday, Steven Krichbaum, 59, was walking with his yellow Lab mix Henry in West Virginia's George Washington National Forest when they were confronted with something bear-y scary: two cubs and a larger black bear, who wasn't happy to see them. The animal proceeded to attack, and the guys leaped into action.
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.
Originally posted 05/16/2014 03:30PM
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.
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:
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.
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."
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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