5 Super Dog Stories
Dogs are not just man’s best friend. They are legit, bonafide heroes as shown in these 5 incredible stories compiled by several CNN affiliate networks.
Psycho Vs Snake
Young Maya de la Rosa was happily baking mud pies with her sister when she heard a frightening sound right in front of her.
“I heard a hiss and a rattle, and when I looked down, I saw a snake.” The snake was in attack mode, all curled up and poised to strike, when her 10-pound Chihuahua-poodle mix, Psycho, leaped to her defense.
He stepped in front of Maya and was bitten on the eyelid by the snake. He ultimately had to have his eye removed as a result of his heroic action.
Martha Rodriguez, Maya’s grandmother has only praises for the dog’s brave act. “He saved her life… He is my hero,” she said.
What Psycho did wasn’t crazy but rather an act of bravery.
You Gotta Love This Lab
It seemed like a regular afternoon training sesh for Danielle Alvarado and Todd Jurek, both trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and O’Neil, a yellow lab.
As they were walking down a sidewalk, people in the area heard a loud sound, and something suddenly shot out like a rocket. Out of nowhere, a car started barrelling down the sidewalk towards Danielle, Todd, and O’Neil, in high speed and in reverse.
O'Neil sensed the commotion, saw the car coming, and alerted Jurek of the danger, giving him just enough time to push the blindfolded Alvarado out of harm's way.
"I think the dog looked before I did," Jurek said. If O’Neil hadn’t, it would have ended very badly for all three.
O’Neil is not just a guide dog, but a life saving one too.
Best Travel Companion
2-year-old Payton Myrick wandered off into the woods one day while his grandfather was working nearby on a tractor.
More than four hours later, as it was already dark the family went into a panic when they realized that Peyton was missing. Peyton’s father, Rich, who was in a pediatrician’s clinic with his other son, rushed home accompanied by the doctor and his staff. A search party, composed of law enforcement officials and neighbors, immediately searched the open countryside.
It was much later in the evening when neighbors eventually found Ashepoo, the family’s Australian shepherd. The dog then led them towards a barn in the area. And behind the barn was Peyton, fast asleep, unhurt and unfazed.
Ashepoo had stayed by his side the entire journey.
"It's relief like I've never felt. ... If a dog can be a hero, that dog's a hero," Rich Myrick said.
Duke Does Good
It was the middle of the night when the Brousseau family dog, Duke, jumped on the parent’s bed, shaking uncontrollably.
Dukes was known to be an insanely obedient dog so the couple found his behavior quite bizarre. They immediately got out of bed and went to check on Harper, their 9-week old daughter.
Harper had stopped breathing in her bassinet.
The family called 911 and paramedics arrived in time to revive Harper and bring her to the hospital where she recovered.
"Duke is a lifesaver. If he hadn't been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep," Mrs. Brousseau said.
Duke was rescued by the Brousseau family six years ago. But this time, it was he who did the rescuing.
Baxter and Bailey were two of Penny Blackwell’s golden retrievers. They were leashed together when they ran away last year.
Flyers were put up as well as notices on Facebook, but after two weeks, they still remained missing.
Until one day when Blackwell received a text from a friend saying “I think I have one of your dogs.” It turned out to be Baxter.
After a joyful reunion, Baxter immediately went about rescuing his brother. He led Blackwell into the woods where they found Bailey trapped, with his leash wrapped around some bushes.
"I could hardly get him untied," Blackwell said. "He was jumping all over me and jumping over Baxter, so happy to see us."
Blackwell believes that the two dogs got trapped together before Baxter broke free to find help.
"Baxter's a hero for taking me there," she said.
Dogs are heroes to their fellow dogs as well.