Most every day I write about
politicians rat-bastards, thieves, traitors, liberals and their fellow communists... so on to my favorite topic, dogs---people I can believe in:
At right is George, a Jack Russell terrier who was posthumously awarded the New Zealand Society for the Protection of Animals bravery medal saving a group of children.
In 2007, nine-year-old George, despite a heart condition, fought two pit bulls to keep them from attacking the youngest of five children as they walked in their neighborhood. The children are shown below; a four-year-old holds a photo of George.
Moved by George's bravery, an Austin Texas Vietnam veteran sent George's family one of his Purple Hearts, describing George as a "little warrior" who deserved the honor.
You've probably seen the video (link above) which is heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. A traffic camera captures the image of a dog in Chile performing an intentional and heroic act, trying to pull to safety a badly injured friend who had been struck in heavy traffic. The small rescuer bravely dodged cars to drag the second dog to the side of the road.
Remarkably, as the video shows, he does not tug the smaller dog with his teeth by the scruff of the neck, but by actually pulling him with his fronts paws, while inching backward to the roadside.
Highway crews arrived to remove both the dead and live dogs from the median strip of the Vespucio Norte Highway shortly after the Dec. 4 incident, but the rescuer dog ran away.
Authorities say images of the rescue prompted some people to call and offer to adopt the dog, but neither highway workers nor a television crew could find they animal when they went to hunt for it.
On the upside, such stories prompt people to adopt from shelters, neuter their dogs and not allow their dogs to run loose.
Along with most people who understand dogs, I believe that pit bulls get a bad rap for being a vicious breed.
The only thing wrong with pits is red necks, ghettos criminals, rappers and Michael Vick.
Case in Point:
Angela rescued Maya from the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter....and on June 17th, 2007, Maya returned the favor.
It was Fathers Day 2007. I opened my front door and was about to walk inside when I saw someone’s shadow out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head just as a man pushed me into my house.
I screamed as loud as I could, but the man had slammed the door shut behind him. “Shut up” were the only words he said to me. He was choking me with one hand. I was able to scream one last time. After I did, his grip tightened around my neck.
That is when I saw a white streak run in from the other room. His grip was so tight that I could only gurgle the words “Maya, get him.” He still had a grip on my throat, as his other hand was busy trying to fight off my angry dog. I don’t know how, but I managed to get on my feet.
Later when police officers arrived to investigate, they noticed there was blood on Maya's head, but she was not injured.
A sample was taken and an arrest was made days later when DNA results proved which suspect had attacked Angela and was bloodied by her protector. (Maya is shown above with her giant reward for protecting her mistress.)
"I cry sometimes when I hug Maya and ask her 'What would I do without you?' But first, I thank God for bringing Maya into my life," Angela said.
Another canine hero is Sam, a German Shepard serving with the Britain's Royal Army Veterinary Corps Dog Unit who was honored with the Dickin Medal holding for holding back a baying mob, bent on attacking ethnic Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Balkans.
His handler, Sgt. Iain Carnegie said Sam performed many acts of bravery while on duty and was the first Army dog to win the medal since 1944.
In 1998 Sam gave chased down a armed criminal and pinned him until officers arrived. Then six days later, a mob armed with crowbars, clubs and stones surrounded a group of about 50 Serbs, but Sam held them off until back-up arrived.
In 2004 Sam retired at the age of 10, and died from natural causes soon afterwards.
He was the 59th animal to be awarded the Dickin Medal was established to honor animals who made an outstanding contribution in World War II.
In the past, the medal has been awarded to 32 carrier pigeons, 19 dogs, three horses and even a ship's cat.
He was the first dog to be awarded the medal, above, since 1944.
First civilian dog awarded Dickin Medal
In WWII a number of American bombers, crippled by flak on combat missions over Europe crashed in the rugged hills around Northumberland England, claiming many lives.
The hills were sheep country.
After one such crash of a B-17 Flying Fortress which killed two of the crew, four of the surviving seven airmen climbed from the wreckage and into a winter storm; they found shelter in a ditch 100 yards away.
After several hours, a wounded waist-gummer awoke to a dog licking his face. The dog's barking then brought two shepherds, who had been searching in the storm for survivors after hearing the the crash.
The dog, a border collie named Sheila belonged to shepherd John Dagg, led her owner and another shepherd to the airmen who were out of sight in the ditch.
Sheila then led the group through the blizzard to Dagg's cottage. His daughter ran two miles through the storm to summon help by telephone. Later that night the four sergeants were taken to the same RAF hospital that treated three other crewmen who had survived and walked out in another direction.
Sheila received the Dickin Medal a year later and Dagg was awarded his second British Empire Medal for his rescue efforts in WWII.
Dagg later sent one of the collie's puppies to the family of Sgt. Frank Turner who did not survive the crash.
In 2005 Dagg's and Sheila's medals were auctioned together and brought more than $50,000 at a London auction. Sheila was the first civilian animal to receive the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) Dickin Medal.
Another airman saved by a hero dog:
Iraq 2007---Another working canine saved a life by alerting his US Air Force MP handler to an improvised explosive device.
Staff Robert Brown said he was grateful for Nero's warning which he said saved him from greater injury or death.
Brown sustained a concussion and and shrapnel in the explosion. He and Nero were checking a field in Tahrir City, Iraq, for hidden weapons when Nero alerted to a suspicious object. The object was detonated by a nearby insurgent.
Nero was not wounded and accompanied Brown to stateside duty at Maxwell AFB.
There... I feel better, hope you do too.