Hero dog protects owner from rattlesnake while on Arizona hike

A hero dog, taking a hike with his owner in the Anthem desert on Friday, jumped out in front of a rattlesnake. The Golden retriever, named Todd was bitten in the face.  Paula Godwin told the story about her hero pooch on Facebook.

“It was a beautiful morning but as we were walking down the hill I literally almost stepped on a mf rattlesnake. But my hero of a puppy Todd saved me. He jumped right in front of my leg where I surely would have got bit. This is what a hero looks like. Please say a little prayer for my sweet hero,” she said.

Todd was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. The bite caused the dog’s face to swell, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

 “My hero of a puppy Todd saved me.”

On Monday, Paula updated her young hero dog’s condition. Friends and animal lovers all breathed a sigh of relief.

 “Todd’s doing so well he is a wonder to me how he is healing. Just a thank you to all the support Your kindness and support is truly a blessing.”

A GoFundMe account has been established for other dogs who may need financial help should a tragedy like this happen to them.

(Photos via Paula Godwin)

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Hero sheltie in dire need of surgery owner cannot afford

To those of us who are dog lovers, our pets are one of the most important things to us. When a pet is also a therapy dog to someone, that bond is stronger and even more special. Tessa, a beautiful, 5-year-old female Sheltie has always been small for her breed, compared to her Sheltie brother and sister. But, Tessa has been a strong sense of comfort for her owner Patty Fairchild.

Patty, a long-time trainer of animals in film and animal rescuer, has had her share of health issues. She has spent many weeks and months during the past three years in and out of the hospital. Tessa, from the time she was young, has been Patty’s service/therapy dog. Tessa’s quiet, sweet, patient nature has made her an excellent candidate for this job.

Tessa is quite well known among the staff at St. Rose’s hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada; always keeping a watchful vigil over her master during her hospital stays. She is adept at alerting the doctors and nurses if her master is in distress. Tessa has become something of a canine hero for Patty. Several years ago, while hospitalized, Patty started going into medical distress (coding) and Tessa ran to get help, tugging on the doctor’s scrubs to get them to the room. She has also alerted Patty’s husband Richard at home when Patty stopped breathing.

But sometimes a hero, even a canine one, needs a helping hand.  Dear Tessa has been diagnosed with a severe case of bladder stones.  She is having difficulty urinating and passing blood when she does. According to Dr. Terry Muratore at Legacy Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, surgery was needed. The cost would be up to $2,000.00. This has created a financial hardship for Patty and Richard as they are surviving on a single income which is often unsteady.

Patty cannot lose Tessa. Please donate to the fundraiser to get the necessary money needed for the surgery. Donations can also be called in directly to Legacy Animal Hospital at 702-263-9004.

https://www.gofundme.com/medical-care-needed-for-service-dog.

Tessa has always stood by Patty with unconditional loyalty. Now we need to standby Tessa and help her get well so she can continue to be a service/therapy dog.

The bond you have with your dog is as strong and everlasting as any of the other ties you will have on this earth.

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US Army mistreated bomb-sniffing dogs – left in kennels for a year

These are the highly trained and ultimately loyal bomb-sniffing dogs in Afghanistan that saved how many of our soldiers lives? And in return for their service, the corps of bomb-sniffing dogs were mistreated when they were discharged from the military according to a report issued on Thursday by the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office.

According to Reuters, an investigation was launched after soldiers who had handled the dogs complained about the fate of their four-legged heroes. Once the dogs were brought back to the United States, some were left to languish in kennels for nearly a year. They lacked care and attention; others were euthanized . No screenings were done to help the dogs find homes. The report stated one of the dogs diagnosed as having canine PTSD and another dog trained to bite went to families with children.

Soldiers who had been their handlers in Afghanistan struggled to find their dogs at the kennels; a few of the lucky pups were rescued. Several dogs have been rescued by Operation Enduring Freedom helping veterans.

The dogs bravely served from 2010 to 2014, and according to the report the Army failed to abide by Pentagon rules concerning the handling of these dogs.

“The Army did not use the DOD Working Dog Management system as required by the Joint Military Working Dog Instruction and Army Regulation 190-12,” the Inspector General wrote in the report.

When the contract ended in 2014, the dogs should have been evaluated and their fates and futures determined at the time. What a shameful way to treat our most loyal companions and all of those dogs who served in the military.

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Florida high school shooting: Comfort dogs arrive to soothe the pain

The Lutheran Church Charities “K-9 Comfort Dogs” headed to the Parkridge Church in Coral Springs on Thursday evening for a community prayer vigil for all of the shooting victims at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Among the softest of golden haired canines was Jacob; he sat under the trees gently wagging his tail as several children petted him.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs had been invited by Rev. Stephen Carretto of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boca Raton, Florida, to bring comfort and compassion to students and their families, faculty, staff and first responders. The organization always waits for an invitation and picks up all of their travel costs including hotels and meal costs.

 “We also always put Boots and Paws on the ground within 24 hours (often less) from the time we get the invite,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

According to TCPalm, the comfort dogs, just like golden retriever Jacob, wears a vest that says “please pet me.” Mike Flaherty, Jacob’s handler and volunteer for the Lutheran Church Charities, says the dogs are knows to lower anxiety and blood pressure.

“We found that kids do better petting a dog than they do talking to a counselor. It calms people down,” stated Mike.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are made up of 100 golden retrievers of which ten have been brought into the Florida city.  so often children and adults frequently find it easier and more comforting to be with the dogs and talk about their traumatic experiences. May all the dogs bring some comfort to the families and friends in Parkland.

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Family dogs save elderly woman from freezing to death

In Norvell Township, Michigan, two Labradoodles have been credited with saving an elderly woman from freezing to death outdoors. Early Saturday morning, the dogs named Adam and Eva started acting very strangely – a behavior of which their owners were not accustomed. It had been the middle of the night, and the dogs insisted they wanted to go outside.

“Adam never tugged on my clothes before,” explained the dogs’ owners Lonnie and Susan Chester to MLive, “so I was cautious about letting them out because I didn’t know if there was anything out there.”

Just as Lonnie opened the door, Adam and Eva fled out of their home and ran over to the truck outside. Lying next to the truck was an elderly woman in her 80s on the ground; all she wore was her nightgown. When the woman looked up at Lonnie, she told him she was “so cold.”

The couple brought the woman into their home, covered her with blankets and called authorities. That night the temperature hit lows of 9 degrees.

Soon after, the woman’s family arrived at the home asking if someone had found their relative. Had the dogs not been so alert, the ending to this story may have been different. The Chester family doesn’t know what made Adam and Eva react, but the instincts of our canine companions make us value their friendship even more.

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Police K9 finds abandoned kittens, frozen on dark dirt road

Two kittens, abandoned and left to die in the cold, were discovered and saved thanks to the keen eye, ears and nose of a police K9 in rural Manitoba, Canada. According to CBC News, Hix, a bi-color German shepherd, was with his handler Const. Taylor Burns, an RCMP Officer, when he caught scent of the kittens.

K9 hero

When Hix stopped to stare at the object which caught his attention, Const. Burns followed – he described what he saw, “It looked like a ball of ice that had fallen off a truck. I told him to leave it but he kept standing over it.”

It turns out that the ball of ice was a kitten, nearly frozen to death. After searching, he found one more live kitten and two who hadn’t survived the frigid temperatures. Whoever dumped the kittens had left a blanket and a bowl of food, but the rural location did not lead anyone to the young felines in time to save them all.

The officer was able to get both kittens bundled up and taken out of the cold. On December 5, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba Facebook page recounted the frigid, and unexpected, rescue mission:

Police Service Dog Hix was out for some exercise last night on a country dirt road, when his nose caught the track to a couple of near-frozen abandoned kittens. Both kitties were given a warm place to sleep, food & water and will be heading to the vet for a checkup.

A co-worker has since taken the kittens home and she is hoping to find them a new, loving family.

Good job Hix!

K9 finds frozen kittens

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Rescue dog hailed hero for saving woman from brazen attack

A Missouri woman is singing the praises for her rescue dog, who recently saved her from a man’s brazen attack at her Arnold home. The frightening situation unfolded late Tuesday morning, when a man forced his way into a woman’s home on Kathryn Drive, reported KPLR 11 News.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the news agency, “You don’t think somebody is going to do this to you,” about the man who had pretended to be in need of help after his car supposedly ran out of gas. When the woman told the man that she was unable to help, he reached through the cracked door and punched her, before throwing her to the ground.

That’s when the victim’s rescued dog rushed at the man and scared him away. The woman told KPLR, “I thank God she was here, because I don’t know what would have happened,” adding, “She saved my life. She is the hero; she deserves everything.”

Rescue dog a hero

The police are searching for a 45 to 50-year-old man who is described as Caucasian. The victim stated that the man weighed between 150 and 200 pounds, and had shaggy hair and missing teeth. The man was wearing denim jeans, a black and white baseball cap and a denim coat – anyone with information is asked to call the Arnold Police Department.

(Screenshot via KPLR News)


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Brave dog comes to aid of woman being robbed in street by hooded thug

A woman’s best friend came to her aid in Podgorica, Montenegro on Friday when a hooded thug grabbed the woman while she had been walking down the street from behind with the intention of mugging and stealing from her. In a viral video circulating through social media, a brave, black dog watching the man wrestling the woman to the ground, attacked and can be seen biting the man’s legs and his behind.

The video begins with a woman walking down the street. A thug wearing a yellow hoodie catches sight of the woman and begins to follow her. He grabs her from behind knocking her off balance, and then tries to grab her purse. Suddenly the dog sprang into action and attacked the would be robber and chased the low-life away. And as if the dog wasn’t done with the creep, he chased the man and bit him on the ankle one last time.

The video continues to garner thousands of views, and tons of praises for the pooch who is believed to have been a stray. Surely someone will want to adopt him now?

The video was posted on the Facebook group called Podgoricki Vremeplov, a group living in Podgorica and has since gone viral.

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Check out the video. Don’t you think this pup deserves a reward? Hopefully he will be adopted.

‘Atta dog!’ Sheriff’s Office praises family dog for tackling fleeing suspect

A Florida family’s dog is getting high praise from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The dog, a black mixed breed named Georgio, tackled one of two suspects who were fleeing from the police on Thursday night.

According to Click Orlando,  Mario Figueroa was getting ready to enjoy a fire in his backyard when the men ran through. Figueroa told the news station, “All of a sudden I hear the dog tackle a guy in the yard, a gentleman runs by me and I hear one of them say, ‘Get the dog off me.'”

On November 10, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office posted video of the take down and a few words about the “good boy” responsible for the tackle:

WHO’S A GOOD BOY?

Even the pets of Volusia County have our backs. Watch as this very good boy defends his yard against intruders.

The fleeing suspects in this video were driving a Camaro with a stolen tag last night. They also were carrying several baggies of heroin, cocaine and about $2,000 in cash between them. They’re in the Volusia County Branch Jail this afternoon.

Figueroa has high praise for his rescued dog:

“Yeah, he took him down like a professional police dog. He’s pretty awesome. Georgio just took care of me. He’s a wonderful dog.”

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Senior German shepherd hailed as hero for protecting owner under attack

A man is hailing his senior German shepherd a hero after the dog came to his aid while he was under attack from a violent man wielding a weapon. According to MSN, the 10-year-old German shepherd struggles to get around because of arthritis and other age-related maladies, but when a man attacked his owner, he did his utmost to thwart the attack.

On the night of November 3, a man with a large piece of wood had rushed into 57-year-old Decha Kieow Ngaam’s motorcycle repair shop in Samut Prakan, Thailand. Nobody rushed to Ngaam’s aid except for his senior shepherd, Beer. Beer was not able to do a great deal, but surveillance video shows the senior dog biting at the attacker’s leg and barking furiously.

Eventually, the thug, identified as 27-year-old Surasak Kanthana, decided that enough was enough and he fled. Later, Ngaam commented on his dog’s heroic act of bravery, “Nobody else came to help me. Beer is old, he has arthritis and other ailments. But he was there for me when I was in danger. He could have been badly hurt if the man had hit him. But Beer put his life in danger for me, he is super hero.”

The authorities identified the man in the video – Kanthana admitted that he was high on drugs and alcohol at the time that he attacked Ngaam.

(screenshot via MSN)

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