Saturday, February 21, 2009

Canine Heroism

Our friend and fellow blogger mouse pointed us to a video which shows a dog in Chile saving the life of another dog who had just been struck by a car on a busy highway. The video is difficult to watch, but it ends with the news anchor announcing that the injured dog survived (thanks to having been pulled to safety across heavy traffic by the fellow dog). You can view this amazing video here.

In my web surfing, I came across more videos showing dogs rescuing humans or other dogs. Of course, there are some videos that may have been staged, and others like the one above that are certainly genuine. Here's a video in which a dog saves a bullfighter from a bull (whatever you think of bullfighting - I don't like it at all - this small dog shows some big heroism):

I think that there are many more stories of animal heroism that get less play in the news compared to tragedies like the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut this week or the cases of dog attacks that occasionally get media attention. The amazing thing to me about the heroic incidents is that, in many cases, the animal never received specific training to perform such actions, but nevertheless risked his/her own safety for that of a fellow being. That's something that really must come from deep in the heart.

Sometimes when a man's alone, all you got is your dog.
- Mickey Rourke (saying this as he thanked all his dogs, living and dead, after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor this year).


ZenYenta said...

Humans tend to underestimate other species. I guess dogs tend to overestimate humans. Cats, not so much. :)

We finally watched the PBS show on Why We Love Cats and Dogs. It was great. Thanks for posting the info about it or we never would have known.

jenclair said...

Wow! I agree with ZenYenta!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I finally had a chance to watch the bullfighting video... I wonder if the dog is a pit bull - in my reading on pits (we have 2 pitbulls in the family) I learned they often were used to control bulls ... it is quite sad what a bum rap these dogs have gotten, of course humans can raise aggressive pits but they can raise aggressive dogs of any breed - the problem of course lies in with the breed having such tremendous strength....

I wish I understood spanish so I could understand the stuff that didn't have captions in the vid.

this reminds me of a statue I took a picture of the other day in honor of heroic dogs....I'll have to post it soon!