Sassy weighs only a few pounds, but she has the heart of a lion.
She lives in Inverness, Citrus County, Florida, with her owner, 92-year-old Marie Alexander who had rescued Sassy from a shelter when she was a pup, and trained Sassy to only bark when the doorbell rings.
One day, as Marie went out to retrieve the mail, she turned her ankle and crumpled to the ground where no one could see her.
For five hours, Sassy continuously barked for help, and tried chasing down every car that passed.
Finally, a couple walking by heard Sassy and saw Marie on the ground.
Marie was hospitalized with severe dehydration and some bruised ribs. But Sassy undoubtedly saved her life.
Latana Chai lived with her two daughters and an 8-month-old pit bull named Sasha in a fourplex on East Yorkshire Drive in Stockton, California.
Sasha was outside in the back yard, on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Just before midnight, the dog made a ruckus, repeatedly throwing herself against the back door and wouldn’t stop barking until her owner came outside.
That’s when Chai saw that a raging fire was spreading from a neighbor’s complex over to her home.
Chai rushed into her home to save her 7-month-old baby, but Sasha was already in the baby’s room, dragging the baby by the diaper to safety.
Chai said: “I ran into the room and I see Sasha. She has my baby by the diaper just dragging her off the bed — trying to get her to safety. I grab my baby. I grab Sasha. And, I grabbed my phone and I called 911.”
Chai credits the dog’s barking for saving all of their lives: “(Sasha) saved everybody. Because if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think that any of us in this complex would have known anything… If she wasn’t barking or really going at the door like that, I probably wouldn’t have known nothing.”
In Gaspé City in Québec, Canada, a black-and-white border collie was outside playing fetch with a human and two other dogs — a black dog and a tiny chihuahua.
A little while later, a doughy woman in a light-colored hoodie walked to her blue SUV and quickly backed out of the driveway, oblivious to the fact that the little chihuahua was walking right into the SUV’s path.
In a flash, the collie rushed in and snatched the chihuahua off the ground and out of the way of the SUV.
The woman first drove the SUV forward, then back. She got out of the car and the collie ran to her in a flash, then backed away as the chihuahua walked into the woman’s embrace. She then hugged the collie.
The woman said: “I saw something in my mirror. First I thought I had crushed my dog.”
Here’s the video of the collie’s amazing rescue:
This is the border collie, a true hero. What a sweet face! (Source: WDBJ CBS7)
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.
Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs….
Border Collies require considerably more daily physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds…. Although the primary role of the Border Collie is to herd livestock, the breed is becoming increasingly popular as a companion animal.
In this role, due to their working heritage, Border Collies are very demanding, playful, and energetic. They thrive best in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise, either with humans or other dogs.
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Winters in Siberia are snowy, icy, and bitterly cold, with temperatures plunging to as low as -12°C (10°F).
The Siberian Times reports that in January 2017, villagers in the Loktevsky district of Altai region in southern Siberia, Russia, found a dog, covered in snow, curled up on the unheated porch of a home.
Beneath the dog was a two-year-old toddler, barely alive, with acute hypothermia.
The boy had lived in the house with his mother, who left the child alone at home. If it were not for the dog who, for two days, shielded the toddler from the cold by wrapping his body around the child, the boy would have died from exposure.
Four days after she left, the mother returned. She “is being investigated in a criminal case, accused of deliberately abandoning her child,” and “faces a potential jail sentence and losing the rights to raise her child.”
I searched in Siberian Times‘ archives for a follow-up, but found none.
In a comment, a Siberian Times reader wrote that according to the dog’s owner, the dog is an 8-months-old Husky mix named Betes.
One Monday morning in July 1996, 14-year-old Lisa Nibley and her younger brother, Joe, were swimming in the Necanicum River in coastal northern Oregon when they were caught in the rising tide.
Joe was able to scramble onto shore, but Lisa was caught in the tide and carried further and further away from the shore. She struggled against the powerful current, but kept going under. Then she prayed to God for help.
On the beach, Annette McDonald was walking Norman, a blind, yellow Labrador retriever whom she and her husband, Steve, had rescued from a dog pound. Abandoned by his original owner, Norman was only two days from being euthanized.
Annette said it was unusual for her to walk Norman that morning, but something “came over her”.
While walking on the beach, Norman suddenly ran toward the sea, having heard Lisa’s cries for help.
Altogether, the dog bolted 150 yards straight into the water.
Then Norman hesitated because Lisa, weak from her struggles, had stopped screaming.
So Annette yelled to Lisa to call out to Norman.
Using his hearing, Norman, the blind dog, made his way to Lisa and towed her back to shore.
Lisa’s grateful parents, Jeff and Elaine Nibley, tried to raise money for surgery to help Norman’s blindness.
Sadly, Dr. Grant Maurer, a veterinary ophthalmologist at the Animal Eye Clinic in Tigard, OR, determined that Norman had a genetic disease that cannot be cured with surgery. (AP)
See also these other heroic “creatures-without-sin” (St. Bonaventure):
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” – John 6:63
Today, the BBC is scheduled to broadcast an animal documentary, Spy in the Snow, narrated by David Tennant, on how dangerous life is for creatures in the Antarctic.
To promote it, BBC One put out a video clip showing a giant petrel preying on a group of Emperor penguin chicks.
Giant petrels are sea birds restricted to the Southern Hemisphere. They are very aggressive predators and scavengers, and are known by another common name, the stinker. Emperor penguins are the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and are found in Antarctica.
The chicks try to flee, but stumble.
The giant petrel got hold of one chick, grabbing it by the neck. The chick struggles and manages to get away.
The chicks then huddle together in a defensive circle. One of them bravely comes forward, standing to its full height, with outstretched arms to protect the others.
The giant petrel crouches and watches, biding its time.
Suddenly, from the side, out dashes a fearless Adélie penguin to the rescue.
Although the Adélie is shorter and smaller than the emperor penguin chicks, the Adélie — a different species from the emperor penguins — shields the chicks by putting himself between the chicks and the giant petrel.
The giant petrel gives up and flies away, while the chicks and their brave protector waddle to the sea.
How many humans are as brave and selfless as this Adélie penguin?
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