Guardian dog braved fire to protect piglets

When a wildfire began burning property in Oroville, California, rancher Megan Brown had moments to wake her mother, and gather her dogs to evacuate. One dog, a two-year-old Great Pyrenees named “Luna,” refused to abandon the piglets that she was raised to protect.

According to Modern Farmer, Megan and her mother, Sharon, spent a sleepless night not far from their home – as they watched the flames, they were filled with despair that Luna and the two dozen (plus) pigs perished in the fire.

Amazingly, when the pair was able to return to the property the next morning, they found that Luna was still very much alive, as were the pigs that she was determined to save. Luna had kept the pigs safely out of harm’s way, “standing like a statue,” outside of the barn, and she was smiling at her owner when she returned. In a Facebook post, Brown wrote:

When I was able to get back on the ranch the morning after it burned, this smile greeted me at the pig pen. I won’t lie. I cried. #luna #verygooddog#guardiandog

The pigs’ faithful guardian was treated to a fair amount of spoiling after the danger passed – amazingly, Brown’s home did not burn down thanks to the efforts of the firefighters. Brown told Modern Farmer, “We lived and we shouldn’t have. The firefighters saved my bacon—literally—and my home. They went above and beyond. They deserve recognition for a job really well done.”

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Devoted dog refused to leave goats – entire herd found safe

A devoted dog proved himself to be a hero to a herd of goats left behind in the devastating wildfires which swept through Sonoma County, California.  When Roland Hendel and his family were forced to leave their rural property, his dog Odin, a Great Pyrenees, refused to give up his guardian duties.

Hendel explained to ABC 7 News, “He was determined to stay with the goats and I had to let him do it.” Hendel managed to get his other dog and cats to safety, but there was no way to get the eight rescued goats off of the property. Hendel feared that his faithful dog and beloved goats were doomed. In a YouCaring fundraiser, the despair was voiced, “I was sure I had sentenced them to a horrific and agonizing death.”

Days later, when the raging fire was gone, Hendel was able to return to the property, which was completely destroyed. Amazingly, Odin and his goats were found alive. The joyous discovery is recounted in the family’s fundraiser:

We found a burned, battered, and weakened Odin, surrounded by his 8 goats, and several small deer who had come to him for protection and safety. Odin was weak, and limping, his once thick and beautiful coat singed orange, his whiskers melted. Even now as i write this, I am crying tears of gratitude and awe at his bravery and devotion.

Odin has been reunited with his family, and his canine sister, Tessa, and he is recuperating from the trauma of the fire that he miraculously survived. His family lost everything, but they are doing what they can to rebuild before winter arrives. The family explained the devastating loss:

 Our pumphouse was destroyed, and we have no fresh water supply for them. All structures on our property were decimated, including the barn we had lovingly rebuilt for them earlier this year. And winter is coming.

We have been overwhelmed with offers for help and assistance from our extended family of friends and loved ones. We would like to ask that you all direct this compassion to Odin, Tessa, and our goats, so we can re-establish a fresh water supply and rebuild their barn before the winter.

Find the fundraiser at this link.

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Police K9 dies unexpectedly while pursuing child abductors

A working K9 with Ohio’s Green Township Police Department died unexpectedly while pursuing suspects wanted for abducting a child. Dino, a seven-year-old German shepherd/Belgian malinois mix, was assisting his handler, Corporal Tony Leidenbor, just before midnight on September 25 when he suffered a “medical event” and collapsed to the ground.

In a Facebook post, the Department wrote:

Just after beginning a track for the suspect, Dino collapsed and stopped breathing. He was rushed to Grady Veterinary Hospital .

The veterinary professionals were unable to revive the K9.

According to the New York Post, the police had been in pursuit of armed “masked gunmen” who had stolen a woman’s money and a child before fleeing in an SUV. The men ditched the vehicle after being pursued by officers, leaving the abducted child behind – one suspected was arrested and three more are still being sought.

The Department commented on the impact of this unexpected loss of their K9 “family” member:

Dino has been with the department since 2011 and was very much a part of our police family. He had a reputation as an outstanding police canine and very much loved his work. He will be sorely missed.

(Image via Facebook)

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These deputies helped honor a K9 military hero

A K9 military working dog, who recently lost his battle with cancer, was laid to rest with the help of deputies in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. “Febe,” a retired Military Working Dog (MWD), was laid to rest at the Heavenly Acres for Pets – Pet Cemetery, in Elm Grove on Friday. Deputies with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office escorted the military hero to his final resting place.

The 11-year-old German shepherd had retired from his duties on September 11, 2015. The working K9 served at Camp Victory in Baghdad with his handler, Tech. Sgt. Tommy Hollis, a Bomb Explosive Detector for the 2nd Security Forces at Barksdale Air Force Base.

“It was a privilege and a great honor to participate and lead this funeral processional for this war hero,” said Bossier Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Bearden.

(Photos by Dep. Jesse Bearden, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, and from the MWD FEBE Facebook page)

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‘It’s disgusting’: Woman screams about a military service dog in restaurant

A screaming woman’s profane viral rant at  restaurant employees in a Delaware restaurant was caught on video and has since gone viral. The woman, who was dining at Kathy’s Crab House & Family Restaurant, was filmed yelling at a group of people arguing that having a service dog in the dining room is “nasty,” and that there should be a “separate section” for people with animals.

Army National Guard veteran Bill Austin and his service dog JP had been dining at the restaurant when the woman screamed about the dog in front of Austin and his family.

“I’m leaving because the food is nasty and there’s a dog,” the woman yelled.

Immediately an employee defended Austin and JP -who helps his owner struggle with PTSD and wakes the veteran up when his past battles reoccur in frightening nightmares:

“He’s alive because he fought for our country,” the employee answered back to the irate woman.

The woman however had no intentions of letting the argument subside or just leaving. Instead she snapped back:

“Congratulations. My husband’s dad did too! My husband’s dad fought for the f*****g country! So what? It’s still nasty to me! It should be a separate section for a f*****g animal.”

And with even more complaints, the woman continued to yell and finally left with another man. Authorities are investigating, but it is not clear at this time if any charges will be pursued.

The Americans With Disabilities Act allows service dogs to accompany their handlers inside restaurants and all public buildings. People from all over the world have responded to the YouTube video supporting Austin and offering to buy both the veteran and his dog a meal. Not long after the embittered words and tragic scene occurred, the restaurant posted a sign outside of the restaurant:

“Service Dogs Welcome”

On Wednesday afternoon, the restaurant responded to the disturbing incident from the unidentified woman on their Facebook page apologizing to the public and using the situation as a teaching experience:

“We would like to express at this time how sorry we are over the embarrassing turn of events that occurred earlier this week in our restaurant, here in Delaware City.

It is unfortunate that some of the public are not familiar with federal regulations regarding service animals, which, in fact, do permit service animals into establishments such as grocery stores, public buildings and restaurants, giving aid and comfort to their masters in their time of need.

That being said, we would like to take what may have been perceived as a negative incident and turn this into a positive opportunity, by educating and enlightening the public about the role of service animals and how they help and serve many returning veterans who have suffered serious wounds and injuries, as well as those veterans suffering from PTSD.

So, at this time, we would like to announce that we will be sponsoring a fundraising effort for veterans and service animals thru the Montana Wounded Warriors. We would like to enlist your help as a sponsor, volunteer, or as a donor and help us enlighten and educate the public as well as to help those veterans in need.

Details need to be finalized at this time, but as they come together, we will make additional announcements to keep you apprised of our progress.

Thank you”

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Dog trapped in Mexico City earthquake pulled to safety scared but unhurt

The crowd cheered late Tuesday afternoon as a Golden retriever was pulled from the rubble of the Mexico City earthquake – scared but alive and unhurt. The dog was carefully lifted out of the rubble in the Alvaro Obregon area, and as he was picked up and placed into the arms of a nearby rescuer, the crowd cheered and applauded. And as the dog was carried to safety, multiple kindness and happy tears exploded from the faces of survivors and rescuers alike as the dog was given tiny pats on the top of his head.

At least 217 people have died after the devastating 7.1 magnitude quake struck. All day rescuers have been frantically searching the rubble in the area of a school hoping to find some of the missing young children. One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed. According to AbcNews,  the bodies of 21 children and four adults have been discovered at the site stated Mexico’s Education Minister Aurelio Nuno said. Eleven people have been rescued, and three people are still missing — two children and a teacher.

On Wednesday, rescue dogs accompanied harnessed workers wearing helmets, forming bucket brigadesand passing up pieces of debris as they searched for survivors. At one point, the rescue crews dropped listening devices into a hole amid the rubble of the collapsed structure and attempted to send in a rescue dog to sniff for survivors.

(Photos of dog saved in Mexico City earthquake via Facebook and AbcNews)

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Annual China village ‘Dog Carrying Day’ worships a pup as a god

Here’s a complete turnaround of events concerning dogs. An event, which happens annually in southwest China by the Miao people of Jiaobang village in the Guizhou province, celebrate Dog Carrying Day. In the century old tradition, a dog is dressed up in human clothes,  wears a silver necklace, a hat and is carried in a specially designed chair and worshiped as a god.

According to the South China Morning Post,  the legend centers around the first settlers in the area who had been dying from thirst when a dog led them to the water supply; thus the beginning of the festival honoring dogs. Villagers believed the dog had been a “heaven sent miracle.” Water shortages are common to the area as porous rocks absorb water. During the parade, a chosen dog is lifted into the wooden chair carried with bamboo poles while a shaman carries a black scepter through the street accompanied by singing and a beating drum.

The celebration has become  known as taigoujie, or the dog-lifting festival. Participants throw mud at each other as a prayer to the god for peace, health and prosperity. There have been some criticisms of the festival with animal lovers, stating the dog is treated cruelly. It is not known how the particular dog is chosen.

In enPeople, after the photos were  released on Aug. 16, the Internet erupted with claims of animal cruelty for mistreating the dog they intended to honor. With a thick chain around the dog’s neck and the dog having been stuck in a small chair, people were very disappointed and quite demonstrative as to their feelings. Still others supported the celebration and even made reference to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival comparing the way dogs are treated so differently.

What do you think?

(Photo via screenshots from enPeople.)

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Going gets tough in Texas: Brave dog becomes symbol of the tough get going

When a photo of Otis the brave dog who lives in Sinton, Texas – practically a boot’s throw from Corpus Christi, took it upon himself to survive the ravages of Hurricane Harvey,  went viral, the dog’s determined spirit just proved the “when the going gets tough in Texas, the tough get going.

Now if you’re wondering how this awe inspiring photo came about, let’s go back to Saturday morning when Tiele Dockens had been inspecting damage in her neighborhood and spotted Otis. There he was – strolling down  the residential street carrying his bag of dog food. At times like this, does one say “bad dog” or “good dog”? Read on to get a few more details. And so – Tiele posted the photo to her Facebook page with the following description:

“This dog is walking around Sinton TX carrying an entire bag of dog food with him. LOL,” Tiele posted – adding the hashtag “#refugee.

PSA: Owner is found. He is not a stray he just got out on his street.
Dogs name is Otis.”

There have been hundreds of comments about this viral photo, but what stands out the most are people affirming that tough nature of Texans. We know you won’t give up, and many of us are trying to help.

Wondering who Otis belongs to I’ll bet? According to the Houston Chronicle, Otis, a German shepherd mix, belongs to Salvador Segovia’s five-year-old grandson. Segovia noticed the dog missing on Saturday morning and went driving around the area looking for him. It was a neighbor who flagged down Otis’ family and said they had just seen the dog carting his dog food – onto higher ground – maybe?

“Otis is an all around special dog,” Segovia said. “He’s been instrumental in helping comfort Carter following numerous hospital visits for seizures and asthma. Otis is also a local celebrity,” which earns the perky pooch some cool privileges as well as delightful treats.

“Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger. He’s the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house,” Segovia explained. “He also goes to H.E.B. He’s not a stray. He’s a good dog.”

Please volunteer and help our Texas neighbors. Whether it be rescuing, donating or sharing, make it a point to help someone from Texas today.

(Photo of brave dog via Facebook)

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Family pit bulls rescue children from copperhead snake

In Brandon, Florida, two protective family pit bulls rescued a grandmother’s two young grandchildren for a deadly attack by a copperhead snake in the yard of their home on Monday. Melissa Butt had been in the yard relaxing while the children Zayden, 4, and Mallory, 1, played, when suddenly the woman’s two dogs ran over to the kids and jumped in front of a copperhead snake.

According to News8Wfla, the dogs barked causing the snake to strike. Slayer was bitten twice in the face and Paco sustained a bite to his elbow. Melissa rushed the dogs to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners Hospital in Brandon for the ant-venom. It was essential to act quickly to save the dogs’ lives.

Melissa was worried she wouldn’t be able to afford the cost of saving her dogs’ lives, but as soon as word began to spread about the brave dogs and their imminent plight, animal rescue group Frankies Friends stepped in and were able to cover the cost of the treatment.

What could have been a tragedy for two little children and two dogs, has now turned into an inspiring story of loyalty and love. Paco is back at home nearly acting as his old self, while Slayer has been recovering at Blue Pearl. Whenever Melissa stopped in at the veterinary hospital to visit Slayer, his tail flapped non-stop. And then came the best news of the day:

“The swelling from the deadly snake bite has gone down and Slayer is going home today! Frankie’s Friends was able to help pay for the second dose of antivenin he needed to save his life, thanks to donors like YOU,” the group posted Wednesday afternoon on their Facebook page.

It’s the kind of story we at Pet Rescue Report love to tell.

(Photos of family pit bulls via Frankies Friends)

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Rescue dogs brought in on zipline to save victims of Chinese landslide

In a deadly landslide in the Xinmo village in Mao County, China, a rescue dog was brought in using a zipline to help search for survivors. Ten bodies have been recovered and rescuers continue to search for 93 missing people after the landslide in the country’s southwest section devastated the village.

According to the Daily Mail, three people including a couple and their one-month-old infant were rescued on Saturday. The parents are in stable condition, however the baby has been sent to intensive care with pneumonia induced by inhaling mud. It is suspected the landslide had been the result of recent, heavy rains. As excavators removed tons of rubble, rescue dogs and their human companions searched for signs of life. Tragically, experts say the chances of anyone else surviving are slim. 

Although landslides have occurred before in the area, the size of this one was unprecedented. Described as 18 million cubic meters of earth and rock tumbling down the mountainside (636 million cubic feet), some of it fell as high as a mile from the ground blocking out a mile of road and river. Villagers were composed of 46 families who were mainly  farmers and did not have the money to move away to a safer zone. Efforts have been underway by the government targeting the poverty of the community; trying to improve conditions to attract tourists to the nearby ancient village of Xinhua and its once beautiful landscape. All tourists were evacuated safely.

The United Nations has offered help and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, while offering  condolences issued a statement that,

 “salutes the efforts of the national relief and recovery teams. The United Nations stands ready to support the authorities in any way it can if needed.”

(Photo of rescue dog on zipline  screenshot via Facebook and Reuters)

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