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Magic the Miniature Mare

8 Oct

Magic the Miniature Mare

By Katy Steinmetz Monday, Mar. 21, 2011

"Magic" is a well known certified therapy pony

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Sometimes heroism can come in the quieter, more unassuming guise of a miniature therapy horse (such as the one seen above). Magic, a blue-eyed mare, regularly visited patients who needed comfort, whether in group homes, hospitals or hospice-care facilities, but one particular interaction gained her recognition as AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in 2010. Magic went to visit a patient who had lived in an assisted-living facility and hadn’t spoken to anyone during her three years there. But the moment she laid eyes on Magic, she said, “Isn’t she beautiful?” Those first words caused the staff to break out in tears, and she continued to communicate from that point onward. The Florida program that brought the two together, Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, continues to work its magic in the Sunshine State.

“Toby” First dog to save a life using the Heimlich

8 Oct

 Golden Retriever Saves Choking owner

with the Heimlich Maneuver

“Toby” Golden Retriever

Debbie Parkhurst, age 45 was home alone when she choked on an apple. Parkhurst told reporters that she had tried to giving herself the Heimlich maneuver  (unsuccessfully) by beating her chest. She began to lose consciousness when Debbie’s Golden Retriever Toby took action. Maybe Toby got the idea from seeing her beating on her own chest. Toby started to jump on Parkhurst as she lay on the floor helplessly about to pass out. Well the quick thinking canines instinctual response was right on the money because the apple managed to dislodge from Parkhurst’s windpipe.

“As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” said Parkhurst.

Stray Dog in Nairobi Africa Saves Abandoned Infant

7 Oct

 A Stray Dog in Nairobi

Saves an Abandoned Infant 

Stray Dog in Saves Abandoned Baby in Kenya

In Nairobi, Kenya, a stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby girl abandoned by her 13yr old mother immediately after giving birth. The heroic stray upon finding the abandoned infant in a forest took action.  Being a mother herself the homeless hero somehow carried or dragged the infant across a busy road and through a barbed wire fence to a secluded spot where she lived with her litter of puppies. A nearby resident who was walking near by heard a baby crying and went to investigate. The concerned citizen crouched down and saw to his disbelief the small space with our heroic stray, her litter of puppies and a newborn infant. A dog with nothing and noone fending for herself in a harsh environment, dutifully raises her litter of puppies. With all that hardship and without help she cares for her litter, yet still has the strength and compassion to adopt the baby of another species, bringing the baby into her den with her puppies and caring for her like it was her own. Now that is my choice for the mother of the year. Beautiful what an amazing girl. 

The Worlds Bravest Dog Born From Homeless Canines Love for a Friend

5 Oct

The Worlds Bravest Dog

A Homeless Canines Love for a Friend

A stray dog risks his life to rescue an injured friend on a busy Chilean Highway.

 A tragedy played out in the streets of Chile when a homeless dog roamed onto a busy highway and was struck by a car. He lay badly injured in the 3rd lane with heavy, fast moving traffic. When the worlds bravest dog runs up the shoulder of the freeway trying desperately to get to his injured friend. The homeless hero starts towards his injured companion then leaps back toward the shoulder narrowly avoiding being struck by the fast moving vehicle. Starting again towards his injured friend, risking his own life to save the life of a friend. The canine hero at one point appears to be run over by a truck then miraculously emerges unscathed. Driven by the love of a friend and super human courage the second dog makes it to his badly injured companion who lies “alive but motionless” in a center lane. He then raps his front paws around the injured dog’s body and begins dragging him across two lanes towards the safety of the shoulder. With every ounce of strength that he had, the homeless hero dragged the injured dog little by little across the road. All the while cars fly by narrowly missing the pair. Somehow our couragious canine gets his injured friend to the safety of the shoulder. A road crew witnesses the whole event and comes to help. Unfortunately our hero runs off when the road crew arrives. The injured dog was taken by road crews to a veterinarian and later died.

  Many calls came in with offers to adopt the homeless dog. A search was conducted for what the chilean people dubbed there hero dog. Months later officials called off the search claiming to much time had passed. The dogs were strays and probably one another’s only friends in the world. A homeless dog in an act of pure love and unflinching courage demonstrates his willingness to lay down his life for a friend.

Most people wouldn’t be fit to pick up that dogs poop

Watch the video  captured by a highway traffic cam

“Bella” A Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dies A Hero in Her Owners Arms

5 Oct

“Bella” A Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

Dies A Hero in Her Owners Arms

"Bella" Dies a Hero in Her Owners Arms.

 Nicole Russell, who lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, was about to leave for work one morning when a car pulled up and four armed men jumped out and demanded her keys and purse. Nicole held both arms out so that they could take her jewelry and keys. Scared and confused she rushed to comply with their demands not realizing that she had mistakenly handed them her house keys.

 The men became agitated and violent when the keys would not unlock the car. When one of the men grabbed her and began dragging her towards the car Ms. Russell (in fear for her life) screamed.  Russell’s mother, alerted by the screams pushed a panic button in the house and ran into the garden.

 There she was confronted by an attacker with a knife.

 Bella, the family’s 4 year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was with the mother and immediately lunged at the knife wielding attacker. Bella bit the man several times on the leg and was then shot in the head by one of the mans accomplices. In spite of her injury Bella continued to defend her family until the men panicked and fled.

 There was a point when one of the men (having just shot at Bella) turned his gun on Nichole and pulled the trigger. But either the gun misfired or Bella had taken the bullet intended for Russell.

 When the men were gone Bella sat down and rolled over and as Nicole held the hero dog Bella in her arms. Bella looked at her quietly for a few moments and died.

 An autopsy showed that Bella’s heart had been completely drained of blood in her fierce battle to protect her family.

On November 8, 1997 “Bella” was awarded posthumously a seven ring rosette trophy for her selfless heroism defending her family.

"Bella" Awarded Medal for Bravery

Stray Pit Bull Saves a Woman & Child

3 Oct

Stray Pit Bull Saves Woman & Child from Attacker

Stray Pit Bull Becomes one families Guardian Angel


A dog came out of nowhere and stopped a knife-wielding robber from accosting a mother and her young son on Monday afternoon.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The wandering 65-pound Pit Bull mix might have seemed menacing to some passerby, but one woman will always remember him as her “guardian angel.”

The dog, which authorities think is lost and not a stray, successfully thwarted a robbery attack on a mother and her 2-year-old son, who were held at knifepoint Monday afternoon.

The Florida woman, who has been identified by authorities simply as “Angela,” was leaving a playground with her toddler son in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking lot with a knife and told her not to make any noise or sudden movements.

Angela didn’t have to do either to protect herself and her child — a dog mysteriously ran to the scene and charged the man, who quickly fled.

“I don’t think the dog physically attacked the man, but he went at him and was showing signs of aggression, just baring his teeth and growling and barking. It was clear he was trying to defend this woman,” Animal Control Lt. Brian Jones told Pet Pulse.

“I don’t know what this man’s intentions were, but it is very possible this dog saved her life.” The exceptional part of the story, Jones said, is that the dog had never met or even seen the people it quickly jumped to defend.

“You hear about family dogs protecting their owners, but this dog had nothing to do with this woman or her kid,” Jones said. “He was like her guardian angel.”

After the alleged thief ran away, Angela quickly placed her son, Jordan, in the car and tried to drive off. Before she could, though, the dog jumped into her backseat, waiting with her for the police and animal control officers to arrive at the scene.

The dog was transported to a local shelter and if his owners don’t step forward within five days, Jones said, Angela and her family plan to adopt the savior she named “Angel.”

Animal control officers and shelter workers believe Angel is lost, and not a stray, because of his good health, sturdy weight and mild temperament.

“It’s funny, that someone’s irresponsibility could have saved someone’s life,” Jones said of Angel’s possible owners.

For Angela, it doesn’t matter where the dog came from, just that he was there when she needed him most.

“I don’t know what his [the thief’s] intentions were — I don’t know why he did it, but I’m glad that — we call him Angel — I’m glad that Angel showed up because I don’t know what would have happened,” Angela told NBC2 News.

For a small town with a population of 46,452, animal control officers were kept busy Monday afternoon. Jones says they department also responded to a report about a boa constrictor in a church parking lot.

The snake found its way into a car engine and was able to be removed without being harmed. It took three people to move the massive, seemingly random placed snake.

“It’s funny, because we aren’t a big place,” he said of the Gulf Coast town. “And we can go for four or five months without the media contacting us about a story. It’s been a busy week.”

Officers from the responding county sheriff’s office canvassed the area and were unable to locate

Priscilla The Hero Pig

3 Oct

 Priscilla The Hero Pig

Saves Drowning Boy

 Priscilla, a 2-month-old piglet, saves a young boy from drowning. One hot July day in 1984, Carol Burk and her 11-year-old son, Anthony went swimming in Texas, Lake Somerville. They were joined by Priscilla, a 22-pound, 2-month-old piglet they had raised. Priscilla loved the water and was a great swimmer, but Anthony, a mentally handicapped child, was not. For hours, Anthony, his mother, and Priscilla played hide-and-seek in the shallow waters. Finally, Anthony tired and his mom turned to get ready to leave. When she turned back, Anthony was far out in the water, struggling. She started swimming toward him, and so did Priscilla. Despite being very tired from swimming all day, the little pig reached Anthony first. He grabbed for her halter and leash. In his panic he pulled too hard and went under, this time taking Priscilla with him! Now both Anthony and Priscilla were drowning and he weighed almost four times more than she did. Priscilla struggled to get to the surface of the water. Finally, with enormous effort, she succeeded. With Anthony clinging to her small body, Priscilla swam back to shore.

Priscilla, like all pigs, has a very long memory. Years after the rescue, she still became upset whenever she saw young children playing near the water. For her heroism, Priscilla was honored with a “Priscilla the Pig” day in Houston, Texas.

“Buddy” the Hero Dog of Knight Island Alaska

22 Jul

Buddy is a touching story with a tragic ending. Bill Hitchcock was the sole caretaker of a remote lodge on Knight Island, Alaska. While out cutting firewood, Hitchcock was struck by a piece of timber and died. For the next two weeks, his faithful four-year-old black lab, Buddy, paced between his owner’s body and the shoreline looking for help. He managed to survive the brutal February temperatures that reached -23°F before leading searchers to his owner.

After people heard of Buddy’s story, over a thousand letters, calls, and emails were sent by people hoping to adopt him. Finally, Bill’s neighbors, Roger and Marilyn Stowell, decided that Jim Brewer, the mayor of the Alaska Peninsula village of Chignik would get him.

Less than a month later, Buddy was dead. Brewer who had initially told reporters that “Buddy will just become part of our family,” had Buddy put to sleep. According to Brewer, Buddy had difficulty transitioning to his new life and, after the dog bit him, he decided to surrender him to Anchorage Animal Control. Buddy was labeled “ineligible for adoption” and euphonized. The Stowell’s, who had told Brewer that he could return Buddy if it did not work out, were heartbroken as were the 999 other people who had expressed an interest in Buddy.- Darcy Logan

Hachiko the unwavering devotion of Japan’s most faithful dog!

9 Jul

The amazing life story of the

Akita Inu named Hachiko

Hachiko (Waiting for Someone)

 The tale of Hachiko is one of the saddest and most amazing true stories that I have ever heard. His life’s story has touched the hearts of dog lovers all over the world and his love and devotion endeared him to a nation earning him the titles Samurai Dog and Japanese Soul Dog. Hachiko’s life has been the basis for two movies, two books, countless newspaper/magazine and web page articles. There have been Paintings, Drawings, poems and a song inspired by Hachi’s life. In Japan three statues have been erected in his honor. Hachiko’s photo was used to represent the Akita Inu in an encyclopedia on dog breeds. There is an annual gathering April/08 in Tokyo at the Shibuya station to remember Hachi. He has even appeared in 3 video games and in 1994 thousands tuned into CBN to listen to a recording of Hachiko barking which was salvaged from an old record that had been broken into several pieces.

  The story begins on November 10th 1923 when Hachiko (an Akita Inu) was born in Odate Japans,  Akita Prefecture. Soon after he was weaned Hachi went to a man by the name of Hidesaburō Ueno who was a Professor of the Department of Agriculture at the Imperial University (Now the University of Tokyo)

 Hachiko took to Professor Ueno very well and a strong bond quickly formed under his loving companionship.  Each morning Hachi would accompany the Professor to the Shibuya train station where the Professor would take the train to work and Hachi would return home on his own. Hachi would then return to the train station in the evening just before the train was due to arrive waiting at the gate to greet the Professor as he exited the platform. For almost two years they continued this daily routine becoming well known by the commuters and regulars along their daily route forming a lasting impression on many who new them.

Tragically, Hachiko’s happy life as the loyal companion of Professor Ueno was not to last. On the 21st of May 1925 almost two years after Mr. Ueno and Hachi were united, Professor Hidesaburō Ueno suffered a sudden stroke while at a faculty meeting and sadly passed away.

There are two versions of what immediately followed the Professors death. One is that Hachi broke through a window to get into the parlor where the body was placed awaiting the funeral refusing to be moved. Another is that when it came time to place items in the coffin that the person had cared about Hachi jumped into the coffin resisting all attempts to remove him.

Hachiko was then sent to live with relatives of the Professor however he repeatedly ran away, returning to the house where Professor Ueno had once lived. Hachi eventually realizing that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the residence returned to the train station to search for him. Hachi would come each day to meet the train that the Professor had taken home from work so many times before. This demonstration of love and devotion so deeply touched many of those who had known the two of them together that many of them would feed him and bring him treats.

A student of Professor Ueno’s heard about Hachi’s vigil and came to Tokyo to meet this amazing dog and to write an article on him for the paper. Following Hachiko from the Shibuya Station he soon ended up at the home of Kikuzaboro Kobayashi who was the former gardener of Professor Ueno. The entire history of Hachiko’s life was revealed to him by Mr. Kobayashi and used in his newspaper article. Hachi quickly became a media sensation and his unwavering devotion made him a source of national pride. Many donated money to ensure that Hachi always had enough to eat. The citizens of Japan were so inspired by Hachi that they would use him as an example for their children to follow. “I will meet you at the Hachi” has become a common fraise meaning I will meet you at the train.  In the years that followed, the Professors former student became fascinated with the Akita breed and did several articles about Hachi. In a census he found that only about 30 Akita Inu of pure blood lines remained of which Hachi was one.

In April 1934, a bronze statue bearing his likeness was erected at (what is now known as) Hachi’s Exit of the Shibuya Station and Hachiko himself was present at its unveiling. The new found fame however meant little to Hachiko who continued to wait for his beloved Professor Ueno day after day, month after month, year after year. The loyal Hachiko never wavered from his vigil, meeting the train each day for the rest of his life. On March 8th 1935 on a Shibuya side street Hachiko old and suffering from heart worms laid down, closed his eyes for the last time and finally rejoined his beloved human. Never again having to wait. Never again having to part. The story of Hachiko’s passing hit the papers the next day. Many thousands of people who had never even met Hachiko were deeply saddened by his loss. The living symbol of loving devotion was gone… and as a nation cried… a dog rejoiced!

Fare You Well… Hachiko

 The total time Hachi spent waiting for the one that he loved and missed so “9 years 10 months”

A Dog is the only thing on this earth that will love you more than he loves himself!

  Though nearly 80yrs has passed since he left us, The world will never forget the Akita Inu named Hachiko. Hachi will forever live on in the hearts of those he has touched so deeply and taught so much. He is truly the embodiment of what it means to be good and pure and noble. Though I never knew Hachiko as he passed away many decades before I was born, I have learned much from him. Hachi’s indomitable spirit and strength of heart have been an inspiration to me and I will always love the dog named Hachiko


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