Heroism is not only a concept that applies to humans. Even animals, in particular, canines, possess such trait. We all have heard stories of so-called “hero dogs” that have risked life and limb in order to save the lives of people and other animals, not just their owners, from dangerous situations. From military and service dogs to guide dogs, these exceptional canines have the incredible instincts that we, humans, need to learn throughout our lives.
In the spirit of patriotism, since today is the Fourth of July, it is important to honor the most heroic canines in recent memory. Here is a list of some of them.
· Roselle. If not for this yellow Labrador, her owner might not have made it alive out of the crumbling Tower 1 of the World Trade Center on September 11. From the 78th floor, she led her owner, Michael Hingson, down a stairwell towards the ground floor where they were able to escape just moments before the whole building collapsed.
· Trakr. Together with his handler, Officer James Symington, the German shepherd helped locate at “ground zero” of the World Trade Center what would be the last human survivor of the September 11 attack. Because of his bravery and unbelievable courage, he was cloned not once, but five times. He died in 2009 at age 14.
· Belle. Who would have thought a dog would dial 911 to help save his owner? After her owner, Kevin Weaver, who had diabetes, collapsed because of seizures, she literally bit those numbers on the cell phone for help. Unbelievably, she was trained to detect her owner’s blood-sugar levels, as well as bite down on the number 9 of Weaver’s cell phone to contact 911.
· Maya. Who says the pitbull breeds are dangerous? Even they can be hero dogs, too, just like any other dog breeds. Maya, the recipient of the 2008 Dog the Year, was one of them. She bravely protected her owner, Angela Marcelino, from a vicious attack by a male assailant.
Indeed, dogs are real man’s best friend, and they will do anything and everything to keep their masters safe from harm. With this, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney advises dog owners to have their pet dogs trained and be socialized with other people so that they may not only be prepared in times of dire need, but also prevent them from unknowingly biting someone.
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