Dogs amaze us every day with their love, intelligence, and loyalty. In 2014, a few brave canines stood out as heroes by protecting their families and serving their communities. Don’t miss their inspiring stories:
Brave Canine Officer Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice
An Oklahoma City police K9, named Kye, was fatally stabbed while helping his partner make a burglary arrest in August. The three-year-old German Shepherd was honored with a 21 gun salute and a flag-draped casket. Hundreds of people gathered to mourn Kye and celebrate his loyalty and bravery.
For the first time last July, 13-year-old Nick Lamb was allowed to stay home alone while his mother was at work. Thankfully, Ace, the family’s 2-year-old Pit Bull, was there to look out for him. Lamb is deaf and removed his cochlear implants to take a summer afternoon nap. Lamb awoke to Ace licking his face and smelled smoke. Thanks to Ace’s actions, both and Lamb and his canine best friend were able to escape the house fire.
Service Dog Calls 911 for Veteran
Terry McGlade is a veteran who bravely served his country in both Afghanistan and Iraq. McGlade, who suffers from seizures and PTSD, is surely thankful this holiday season for his service dog, Major. When McGlade suffered a seizure in the backyard of his home, Major wasted no time springing into action. The Labrador Retriever and Pit Bull mix pulled McGlade’s phone out of his pocket and stepped on the screen (the phone is programmed to call 911 when Major does this). After Major triggered several calls, the 911 dispatchers knew something was wrong. Major stayed with his unconscious owner until help arrived and then guided police to the backyard. This duo proves that heroes come in both two-legged and four-legged varieties.