7. This Service Dog Jumped In Front Of A Bus To Save Her Owner
Figo is a service dog who has been trained to guide his owner Audrey Stone because she is blind. While the two were walking one day, Figo saw a school bus headed straight for Audrey, so he threw himself in front of her to protect her from getting injured. Figo took most of the blow instead of his owner. Audrey suffered from a fractured right elbow, three broken ribs, a fractured ankle and a cut to her head in the accident. Figo had a huge gash down his leg,. but he refused to leave her side even after the EMTs arrived. He was taken to the vet while his owner went to the hospital, and they both made a full recovery.
8. Bretagne Was One Of The Search And Rescue Dogs On 9/11
This is Bretagne who helped the search and rescue team during the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City. Out of the 10,000 emergency workers who risked their lives to save others on that horrible day, 300 of them were dogs. At the time of the attacks, Bretagne was only two-years-old. When she was eight weeks old, Bretagne started training to do search and rescue. Like many other dogs, she helped find remains for those who perished in the Twin Towers. Bretagne has also helped in Hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Ivan. She was one of the last surviving dogs from 9/11, and she passed away after 17 years of helping to save others.
9. This Dog Got On Top Of Her Owner To Shield Him From Vicious Dogs
Katy Mae is a sweet loving German Shephard who loves her owner Jerry Flanigan more than anything in the world. One day, two pit bulls in the neighborhood started attacking Jerry while he was out for a walk. Katy Mae saw her owner in trouble and got on top of Jerry to protect him. Katy Mae shielded Jerry from the other dogs, and she got bit on her neck. The bite was so close to her jugular; she could have died according to the vet. She stopped the attack and saved Jerry from serious injuries. Katy is an amazingly loyal dog, and she thankfully survived the incident.
10. This Dog Earned A Master's Degree For Attending Every Class
Everyone knows how intelligent dogs are, but did you know they can earn college degrees? This service dog went to every class with his owner, so the University of Illinois awarded him with an honorary master's degree. Now, this person can say her dog is smarter than the average person. Service dogs are an important part of life for those who are handicapped or differently-abled. They not only provide assistance, but they also provide emotional support and unconditional love. This woman and her service dog created a service dog organization after graduation.
11. The Dog Was Wounded Saving His Owner From An Armed Robber
This is Max and his owner Osmar from Brazil. Many people wonder how far their dogs would go to protect them, and Osmar got his answer. While parking his truck near a field for Max, Osmar was attacked by two armed robbers. They wanted the keys to his vehicle, but Osmar refused. The robbers fired a bullet, and it grazed Osmar's forehead. When Max saw his owner in trouble, he was furious and stepped in to help. Max started to attack the thieves, and one ran away while the other robber shot Max. Both attackers got away, and Osmar rushed Max to the hospital. Max made a full recovery and saved his beloved owner.
12. She Saved An Abandoned Baby And Kept Her Warm Until Someone Helped
Like many other dogs on this list, this one used her maternal instincts to save another creature in need. In December 2008, a dog named China found a baby abandoned in a field. It was getting colder outside, so she brought the baby back to her pen to keep it warm with her puppies. China kept the baby warm throughout the night until her owner heard the cries of a baby in the morning and took it to a hospital. Supreme Master Ching Hai awarded China the Shining World Hero Award for her bravery and love. China inspired others to spread love to all creatures in need.