This is why we call ‘em man’s best friend.
Cecil Williams, a blind 61-year-old New Yorker, was standing on the subway platform with his seeing eye dog, Orlando, on Dec. 17 when he began to faint. Orlando barked frantically, but Williams blacked out and fell onto the tracks. Orlando jumped after his master, just as an A train was approaching the station. The black lab tried to push Williams up, to no avail. Williams managed to pull his beloved dog between the tracks as the train rolled over them. What’s more, Williams was about to lose Orlando who, at 11, was to retire from service. Williams’ medical benefits would cover only a new service dog. But after their heartwarming tale went viral, donations poured in and now the pair won’t be separated.
A pit bull named Chako is recovering at home after being stabbed 12 times. He sacrificed himself and saved the life of his mom, who was being attacked by her abusive partner.On Halloween, a Richmond, Virginia woman was being assaulted by her abusive partner when her dog, Chako, stepped in.“As any good dog would do, when he saw her in trouble, Chako intervened and came to her aid, trying his best to keep the attacker from hurting his beloved owner “As a result of Chako putting himself in harm’s way, the attacker turned on him and stabbed him no less than a dozen times around the neck and chest.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan suspected something was wrong when their dog began behaving suspiciously around their babysitter of five months. They couldn’t prove anything, and decided to leave an iPhone under the couch to record the goings-on in their home while only Alexis Khan and the dog were there with their baby, Finn. What they heard was astounding – Khan was swearing at and slapping their toddler around. She is now in prison and will be on a child abuse registry for life, thanks to the family dog.
Retired engineer Roger Wilday was walking his dog Jade around in Birmingham, England when the dog came across an abandoned baby. She got Roger’s attention, who contacted officials immediately. Baby Jade, named after her hero, still had her umbilical cord attached, and was believed to have only been a few hours old. Because of the German shepherd, the baby is expected to make a full recovery.
Christi Smith saved a pit bull named TatorTot just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. Less than a week later TatorTot returned the favor when he helped save her 4-year-old son.
Christi Smith came to TatorTot’s rescue and saved him from death and planned to foster the pit bull until she could find him a good home. She was afraid he’d be too high energy for her to keep permanently. On September 28th Smith took TatorTot into her home and she soon realized that the home TatorTot belonged in permanently was her own.
“I took him to the dog park and let him run around,” said Smith. “When I brought him back home, that’s when he mellowed out. By that evening, I already had a feeling I wanted to keep him.”
On only his fourth night with Smith, TatorTot made it clear he belonged with her family.
“I put my son to bed at about 8:30 in the evening,” said Smith. “He woke up between 12 and 1:30 to ask for something to drink. He was acting weird – really out of it. I chalked it up to being deliriously tired. I wasn’t too concerned.”
TatorTot sensed something was wrong though. The pit bull began barking and running back and forth between Smith and her son Peyton. Smith thought at first that TatorTot just hadn’t exercised out all of his energy, but the pit bull wouldn’t give up.
“Finally I went to check on my son,” said Smith. “He was barely breathing, TatorTot was on his bed, barking and pawing at him, licking his face. Any normal child would have woken up. He wasn’t waking up.”
Smith raced Peyton to the emergency room where they discovered his blood sugar was dangerously low. Peyton tested negative for diabetes and doctors are still unsure what caused his blood sugar to drop so low that night, but one thing Smith is sure of is that TatorTot saved Peyton’s life.
A German shepherd named Sasha jumped in a pool in Argentina to save a four-year-old girl that had gotten out of her home and wandered into a neighbor’s yard. Sasha alerted her parents, then jumped in the pool and held her up until she could be pulled out.
This small black dog named Czarue is credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who went missing in Poland, cuddling with her to keep her from freezing to death.
Tom Beradinelli, 70, was out walking his boxer, Maggie, when he slipped on some ice and smashed his head on the ground. Maggie ran to a neighbor’s house and jumped at the door until someone came to see what was wrong. Tom was found and taken to a hospital and treated for his brain hemorrhage and major head trauma.
Lucy was injured when she and her owner were struck by a speeding driver, but that didn’t stop her from limping to a nearby dentist’s office and barking until she got someone’s attention. She then went back to unconscious owner John Miles’ side, and refused to leave him, even when the ambulance came. Lucy and John both got much-needed medical attention and are now recovering.
Jessica Cowley was out for a walk with her one-year-old baby, Jacob, and her guide dog, Jet. As they were crossing a road, an out-of-control car struck Jessica and sent her flying. Before Jacob’s stroller could be hit, Jet pushed it out of the way, saving the baby’s life.
Banzé, or Scamp, heard the cries of kittens coming from a box on a trash pile in a neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil. He gingerly tore the box apart, and like a true mother, carried them one by one to his new home. As a dog that once fended for himself on the streets, Banzé knew how it felt to have no one care about him. He paid forward the good deed of his owner’s adoption of him, and saved those kittens from what might have been a slow and agonizing death.