(Canine) Angels Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Throughout Millennia, dogs have been referred to as heroes for performing the often unexpected acts of bravery we humans sometimes shy away from.

For instance, there was Lassie, the famous Collie and family pet who had a knack for finding and saving pre-teens from harm of their own doing. Then there was Rin Tin Tin, a male German Shepherd who was rescued from the WWI battlefield and later became a television icon in the 1950s.

And there are a slew of more contemporary canine heroes; some fictional (like Scooby Doo, and Snoopy) and other real living legends, such as Rigel, who was onboard the Titanic and was later credited with rescuing humans in a lifeboat.

But recently I read about a Border Collie who literally put himself in harm’s way to save the life of a child he didn’t even know, and it left me awestruck. The link from Pet Health Network of the television news clip is here: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/news-blogs/a-pets-life/stray-dog-jumps-front-speeding-truck-save-little-girl.

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A stray dog from Oklahoma City is being called hero after stepping between a vehicle and a little girl, saving her life.

The dog, aptly named Angel, a stray from Oklahoma City, sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg requiring surgery, after he got between a group of children who were playing near the curb of a highway and a speeding truck that was bearing down on them.

According to an eyewitness, Charles Saxton, Angel saved the life of at least one youngster.

 “He really was a watchdog. That truck came speeding down. They always do. He saved her life. Saved her from getting hit,” Saxton said.

Angel appeared seemingly out of nowhere a few weeks prior to the accident and took on the role of watchdog, said TV News Station KOCO Reporter Dave Detling.

OKC Animal Welfare Superintendent, Julie Bank said, “It really shows the power of the human animal relationship. It shows how much animals are really in tune to what we’re all about.”

Angel’s surgery was to be donated by a local vet and he was expected to be adopted by a staffer.

This story aired September 25, 2015.

Here are some more hero pups from The Dog Guide, an online doggy magazine, to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy: http://www.dogguide.net/25-hero-dogs.php that celebrates 25 canine heroes.

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