Aug 262017


In 2007, Brutis was a 7 year old golden retriever who became a hero.  He noticed a coral snake slithering towards a young child. Risking his own life, Brutis snatched up the snake and was bitten.  The coral snake has deadly venom and Brutis took a near-deadly bite.  This hero was flown to Los Angeles where he received the National Dog Award.   I owned a retriver called Kelly but she brought a grass snake into my home!  I want to think that she knew it wasn’t deadly!




Hurricane Katrina was a miserable occurance for everyone down south, but inspiring stories of heroism have helped give victims something to smile about. That’s certainly the case with Katrina, the ironically named Katrina . The dog, who was later rescued herself by rescue teams, was honored at that year’s Genesis Awards with a standing ovation.


In a Fox News story titled “Half-Breed Wolf Dog Hero Rescues Elderly Owners From Snowstorm”, Shana, a half wolf dog/half German shepard , saved an elderly couple from a treacherous snow storm. When Shana found Norman and Eve trapped by snow, she went to work, diligently digging out a tunnel through which she would pull the couple back to the safety of their home.


You don’t get to be the 2008 Dog of the Year for nothing, and this pooch is no exception. Maya took home this year’s honors for courageously saving Angela Marcelino, her owner, from a vicious male attacker. The pitbull’s act of bravery earned some high praise from the Animal Miracle foundation, who was happy to report that “the pitbull breed can be hero dogs just like any other breed.”


Named “Dog of the Year” in 2007.  the five year old German Shepherd took a bullet for his human family.  The Patel family home was invaded by a masked intruder.  Moti barked loudly and was shot by the burgular.  After discharging the firearm, the intruder fled leaving the Petri family safe.  Luckily, Moti made a full recovery.



Honey was the 2006 Dog of the Year, an award she earned by saving her owner from a violent car accident. When she and Michael Bosch found their SUV rolled over and stuck upside down in a deep ravine, Bosch was trapped and knew that Honey was his only hope. With all his strength,  he managed to release the dog and hope that she would somehow find help. Sure enough, the then 5 month old English Cocker Spaniel got the attention of a man about a half-mile away and brought him to the scene of the accident. Rescuers concluded that had it not been for this, Bosch would have died.


English bulldogs are not known for their swimming skills, so why would Napoleon swim out to rescue a burlap sack.  And why would he do so, when sounds for the sack were those of kittens?

There were six kittens, two didn’t make it, but it was a miracle that four cats owe their lives to a dulldog.



Gareth Jones, a paralyzed man got his wheelchair stuck in a muddy field.  He threw a rope to his four year old service dog.

Said Jones, “He didn’t let go until I was clear. He knew exactly what he was doing.”


This Rotweiller pulled her owner, Kathie, a paralyzed parapalegic by the ankles from a burning, smoldering truck.


Upon pulling Kathie out, Eve proceeded to drag her

to a nearby ditch, just far enough away to avoid the explosion of her vehicle.

Eve was awarded the Stillman Award for her bravery.

Let us learn from these wonderful animals.  I have had two dogs – a wonderful golden retreiver called Kelly, and a Scottish Border Collie named Ricky Woster.