Nearly all pet owners cherish and adore their pets just as they do other members of the family, and many of these pets lead healthy and happy lives filled with love and affection; however, many family pets are extremely loyal and have been known to go to great lengths for their owners, showing that they can be there as well when the tables are turned. This includes facing incredible danger and terrible odds. Following are 10 Pets that Saved Family Members from Imminent Danger.
The story of Shana began when she was rescued from the wild. The dog appears to be at least one-half wolf, but bonded with the 81 year old Fertig’s nonetheless. During the winter, the couple became trapped under a fallen tree during a severe snowstorm in upstate New York. Although the warmth and protection of their home was only about 200 feet away, they would injure themselves or get caught in the severely cold wind, so they huddled together to keep warm. Amazingly, Shana the half wolf appeared out of nowhere and literally dug a deep pathway through the snow, similar to that of a mineshaft, and barked at them to follow. After about two hours, the couple made it to the safety of their house where Shana acted as a heating blanket because the power had been cut off. For her courage and bravery in the eye of the storm, Shana received The Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment Hero Award for Bravery.
Hurricane Katrina devastated thousands of lives and was a terrible natural disaster; however, out of desperate situations heroes often arise. Such is the case with the black Labrador ironically named Katrina, who saved a drowning young man from steadily and quickly rising waters. Several hours later during the storm, Katrina herself was saved by a rescue team and the favor was returned. After reaching safety and later n the year, Katrina was honored at the Genesis Awards and received a well-deserved standing ovation from the crowd.
Shelby is a dog with a keen sense of smell and an everlasting loving bond with her family. Shelby was the first of her family to detect and react to rising levels of carbon dioxide coming from a leak in the home. The dog went from room to room, nudging each individual family member and arousing them from their sleep only to continue barking, whining, and scratching at the door until the family realized the danger and went immediately outside. They were all treated at a nearby hospital and no one was injured as a result. As a result of his heroics, intelligence, and presence of mind to react in time, Shelby became the 45th Skippy Hero Dog of the Year for saving the lives of two children and two adults.
7. Tara the Family Cat:
It isn’t only dogs who come to the rescue of their owners and family members. In a recent incident in Bakersfield California, a young child was riding his bike on the front driveway beside a parked vehicle when a dog approached from the rear, walked up behind the child and grabbed a hold of his ankle and pulled him to the ground, biting and twisting all the while. Suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, the family cat leapt into action and attacked the dog, who immediately let go of its grip on the child. The cat then chased the dog until it was clear he was on his way and then returned to the child. The amazing thing about the incident involving Tara the cat is that the whole thing was captured on video and can be seen on YouTube with a “cat saves boy from dog’ search.
Neo, an 11 month old Siberian husky, has an amazing sense and ability to detect the effects of diseases in humans such as diabetes, arthritis, and may even be able have the foresight to detect the oncoming of seizures. While the puppy’s owner, Marci Snead, was out walking her beloved puppy, she fell into an unexpected hypoglycemic shock and fell to the ground. Neo broke free of her leash and sprinted to the nearest building where he grabbed the attention of a number of people gathered there. By barking and making other physical gestures toward where Marci lay, a few individuals followed her where they were soon brought straight to Marci. Within only minutes, an ambulance was called and the woman was taken to the hospital where she full recovered.
Toby, a two year old golden retriever, has the amazing ability to sense when other people are in true and eminent danger. This was demonstrated when her owner, Debbie Parkhurst began chocking while eating an apple in the kitchen of her Maryland home. When it became evident to Toby that her owner was choking, the dog pounced on her chest with all of her weight, which forced the piece of apple from her throat, allowing her to breathe again. In 2007, Toby received the Dog of the Year award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kaze was specially trained for search and rescue missions, and on her very first mission, he was able to locate a woman who had been missing for over two full days. As it turned out, the woman had fell into a coma and was lying under a bridge. Kaze alerted the authorities as trained, and they were able to get her to a hospital where after a week she recovered from her coma. For her life saving efforts on her very first search and rescue mission, Kaze earned top honors from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department.
Brutis is a brave and protective Golden Retriever whose daring antics made him a hero in the year 2004. The youngest child of a family of five was playing in the front yard when a venomous coral snake slithered dangerously close to the young girl. Brutis took one look at the snake and realized it was a threat to the child, so he attacked and killed it, although he did suffer a near deadly bite in the process. His heroics were quickly realized, and Brutis was shuffled off in an airplane to Los Angeles to receive The National Hero Dog Award.
2. Whiskey the Cat:
Recently in Claremont, Dennis Vandenberg was home alone when he felt something was terribly wrong. His cat had made a loud hissing sound and jumped to the windowsill, it was then that Dennis noticed an intruder who attacked him. The cat sprang into action, clawing at the man’s face and arms as he fled the scene. Dennis suffered from minor stab wounds but said that it would have been much worse if Whiskey hadn’t been there. Three people were arrested an hour later in connection with the assault.
Moti is a German shepherd who literally took a bullet in order to protect his family. The five year old dog sprang into action when a masked intruder was stalking his way throughput the Patel’s family home. The dog attacked the intruder, but was shot during the scuffle; however, the brave dog managed to scare the intruder, who ran away without harming any family members.