Heroes usually don’t look like heroes. Superman lives his life as mild-mannered reporter, Clark Kent. Batman lives his life as the altruistic entrepreneur, Bruce Wayne. But it’s not just fictional superheroes who appear as regular, everyday folks. We see stories regularly of average people who, when faced with danger, become heroes…putting themselves in harms way to protect and save others.
Well, the same is true with four-legged citizens as well! Dogs have a natural desire to show unconditional love and lend a helping paw. Here are 5 stories of normal, everyday pups who sprang into action and became heroes.
On September 11, 2001, sales manager Michael Hingson was preparing for an upcoming seminar in his office in Tower One of the World Trade Center in New York City. Sadly, we all know what happened on that fateful day. Being blind, Michael’s guide dog Roselle was in the office with him, sleeping under his desk. As the office workers began to evacuate the building, he knew Roselle’s help would be crucial in leading him to safety.
Not only did Roselle lead Michael down 78 flights of stairs…she helped him walk safely for 40 blocks where they would eventually arrive safely at a friend’s apartment. Her heroic acts earned her the ACE Award for Canine Excellence in the Service Dog category in 2002.
The Brousseau family of Portland, Connecticut, had already headed off to bed for the night. But shortly afterward their dog, Duke, jumped on their bed and began shaking uncontrollably. Jenna Brousseau told WFSB News “He is insanely obedient, so this was extremely bizarre.” They knew something must have been wrong, so they went to check on their 9-week old daughter, Harper. To their dismay, they found her not breathing.
They immediately called 911 and when paramedics arrived they were able to revive the baby and take her to the hospital for observation. A thankful Jenna stated, “If Duke hadn’t been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep.”
What makes this story even more impactful is that Duke was a rescue dog who was adopted by the Brousseau family. It just goes to show that every dog has a purpose.
Dogs don’t only have an aptitude for showing love to their human family members. They also look out for their furry family members as well.
Penny Blackwell of Sandwich, Massachusetts has two Golden Retrievers, Baxter and Bailey. Unfortunately, one day they ran away. They were leashed together at the time, which gave Penny some source of comfort knowing they were together…but after two weeks of searching there was no sign of the brothers. That was until she got a text from a friend stating, “I think I have one of your dogs.”
Baxter had managed to find his way back home, but Bailey was still missing. So Baxter did what any good brother would do…he helped find Bailey. He led Penny into the woods near their home. After a short walk down a path in the woods they found Bailey safe and sound, but with his leash wrapped tightly around a tree. After Penny freed Bailey, the three returned home, a complete family once again.
Deborah Epstein of Ringwood, New Jersey was taking a phone call and inadvertently left the front door of her house open. Right away she could here Joe barking. “He barks when anybody comes in…”, Deborah told CBS, “but this one sounded a little more furious than usual.”
So what was the reason for the big bark coming from the 6 pound Yorkie? A bear had made it’s way into the house while Deborah was on the phone! With some persistent barking, little Joe the Yorkie was able to protect his mom and scare off the bear.
Austin Forman of Boston Bar, British Columbia was out in his backyard collecting firewood. Normally when they’re outside, Angel likes to run around and play. But for some reason, he noticed Angel was staying right by his side the entire time. What Austin didn’t know at the time was that Angel was protecting him from something he couldn’t see.
While they were still out in the backyard, a cougar emerged from the treeline. Angel jumped in between Austin and the cougar and the two began to fight. Austin raced inside and his mother called 911 for help.
“She intercepted the cougar,” Sherri Forman said. “Austin came into the house very upset, and I had to get him to calm down so I could understand what he was saying. Finally he said ‘there’s a cougar eating Angel.'”
After a 20 minute battle, a policeman in the area arrived and was able to kill the cougar and save Angel. Veterinarian Jack Anvik who treated Angel at the Sardis Animal Hospital told CNN, “She had some pretty nasty injuries across the front of her head and neck. If there had been enough time for the two of them together the cougar would have probably killed the dog.”
“I feel very good now that we know she’s alive and the fact that she saved me and survived is amazing,” Austin told CNN.
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.