I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe another year has passed. It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2015. I guess it’s true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun!
For me, the furry little critters in my life were a big reason this past year was so much fun. My dog Chilly and I shared so many great adventures and created some wonderful memories. And my cats Olivia and Turdie brought me countless smiles and cuddles throughout the year.
This last year certainly would have been different for the tiny little humans in the stories below if it hadn’t been for their four-legged heroes. Each of these amazing animals lent a helping paw just when it was needed the most!
When little Olivia suffered a seizure during an illness, her 9-month-old Labrador named Baxter jumped into action! Rushing to Olivia’s mom, Amanda, Baxter barked and growled urgently. At first Amanda ignored Baxter but then decided to check on Olivia.
She found that her daughter had rolled onto her stomach and was choking on her own vomit. Thanks to Baxter, Amanda was able to save her daughter, who spent the night in the hospital, but is now doing fine.
Duke was rescued 6 years ago by his family, and recently, he rescued one of them right back!
One evening, Duke jumped on his owners’ bed and started shaking so uncontrollably he woke them up. Normally, Duke is a very well-behaved pup, so this behavior alerted them that something was very wrong. Getting up to check on their 9-week-old baby, Harper, they discovered she wasn’t breathing. They immediately called 911 and Harper’s life was saved.
“He’s the perfect dog,” says Duke’s mom. “He was meant to be ours.”
Masha the cat is proof that dogs don’t have the corner on heroism. Out one day on her rounds in Obinsk, Russia, the long-haired tabby discovered something unusual.
Neighbors suddenly heard Masha crying in distress. Concerned about the cat, Irina Lavrova began searching for her. When she finally found her, Masha was curled up in a box, keeping an abandoned 3-month-old baby girl warm. The infant likely would have frozen to death if it hadn’t been for Masha’s maternal instincts. She is now considered a hero by the people in her neighborhood and is currently being spoiled rotten.