Hero Dog 1: Rex The German Shepherd Nearly Died Saving His Teenage Owner from Home Invaders
Would you take a bullet for your best friend?
For Rex, the two-year-old German shepherd, there was only ever going to be one answer.
This hero dog was shot three-times in the course of a home invasion robbery, bravely risking his own life to defend his sixteen-year-old owner, Javier Mercado.
Javier had been spending a quiet evening alone inside his Seattle, Washington home, when he heard someone trying to smash their way in the house through a glass door.
At the sound of broken glass the quick-thinking Javier hid himself in an upstairs closet and called the police, while two masked intruders began ransacking the property.
Meanwhile brave Rex bolted down the stairs to confront the attackers, fighting ferociously with the criminals while his master remained on the line keeping police dispatchers up to date with the situation as it was unfolding.
Rex was able to ward off the intruders who soon ran off into the night, but as they fled they fired three bullets at the faithful family pet, leaving him for dead.
Police officers soon arrived to rescue the teen, and the dog was taken immediately to an emergency vet. Rex had sustained injuries to the neck, leg and knee which required emergency surgery to repair.
The community stepped in to cover the $10,000 needed to cover Rex’s medical expenses, and physically the heroic canine has made a full recovery. Jittery Rex has also been working with a pet psychologist to get over his agression towards strangers, in the wake of the attack.
PETA has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case, but so far the Rex’s attackers are yet to be identified.
Hero Dog 2: King Charles Spaniel Hadrian Rescues a Family from a Fire
As cute as they are clever, King Charles spaniels make devoted family dogs.
They Gibbs family of Bakersfield, California know this better than most. When their home was set alight by a suspected serial arsonist early in 1987, the family could easily have lost their lives had it not been for the quick thinking of faithful King Charles spaniel, Hadrian.
Although Hadrian’s dog bed was in the kitchen, when the savvy spaniel sniffed out the smoke that was filling the hallway he scrambled upstairs and sat barking outside the master bedroom.
Hadrian’s frantic barking woke the family just in time for them to be able to get to safety, before flames tore through the 3-bedroom home.
After the fire the family, who hadn’t installed smoke detectors for religious reasons, described Hadrian a smoke detector in canine form. They now encourage every household to make sure they have functioning smoke alarms installed and fully operational on each floor of their home.
Hero Dog 3: Roselle The All-American Hero
Roselle was a dog with a job. Her owner Michael Hingson had been blind since birth, and ever since 1999 Roselle had been supporting him as went about daily life in one of the world’s busiest cities.
Michael enjoyed a high-powered career in sales and in 2001 was working in what at the time was one of the most iconic landmarks in New York City; the Twin Towers.
On Tuesday September 11 2001, Roselle was sleeping peacefully under Michael’s desk on the 78th Floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, when the first plane struck. Despite the smoke, fire, terror and confusion this incredible canine calmly led Michael and thirty of his colleagues out of the collapsing building and down 1,463 steps to safety.
More than 3000 people lost their lives in the events of 9/11, which remains the single worst terrorist atrocity to ever take place on American soil.
But in the midst of unimaginable tragedy, the quiet devotion of this remarkable working dog reminds us of all that’s best about dog and man.
Hero Dog 4: Nutella Saves A Man From Suicide Attempt
A miraculous intervention by a deliciously named dog came just in time to save the life of opiate addict Clinton Clysdale.
Clinton had driven to a secluded area near his home in Denver, Colorado with the intention of ending his own life. But the uncanny instincts of wonder dog Nutella meant that help arrived just in time.
Nutella’s owner, Carol Milton, had been walking the five-year-old chocolate Labrador when the dog began acting strangely. When Carol heard a gunshot, Nutella began to pull at her leash and led her concerned owner directly towards Clinton’s vehicle.
Carol, a registered nurse and former EMT, was able to call the emergency services and administer first aid to the gravely wounded Clinton, while they waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Despite the severity of his injuries, Clinton has been making a good recovery. He credits his survival to Carol and her hero dog. Carol and Nutella have since visited Clinton at the rehab facility in which he undergoing extensive physical and psychological therapies, and wish him all the best in his recovery.