Heroic Dogs in History
Taking care of puppies and dogs has become part of our daily lives. Other than that, our beloved pets can save lives too. Trained or not trained, most dogs feel it when something is wrong with their owner or something is happening in their environment.
Let’s start with Barry. Barry is a Saint Bernard dog from Switzerland who has saved at least 40 lives from avalanches in the most dangerous roads of St. Bernard Pass from 1800 to 1812. One the most famous of all Barry’s heroic deeds is when he rescued a child he found on the top of an icy ledge. When Barry found the child that was chilling because of the snow, he licked the child’s face to keep him warm and awake. When the snow began to fall harder, the monks found Barry and the child. The child was carried on Barry’s back and he carried him all the way down the mountain even though he was not trained to do that. Because of Barry’s heroic deeds, his remains are displayed in the Swiss History Museum.
Aside from Barry, Togo, a Siberian Husky from Nome Alaska have saved lives too. It was 1925 when a deadly epidemic swept through the young lives in Nome. Other than the malfunctioning aircraft which is the only way to get the serum to cure the epidemic, there are no other modes of transportation that can be used at that time. Togo, together with his master Seppala led a group of sled dogs from Nome to Anchorage and back to deliver the serum needed by children affected by the epidemic. Togo and his group ran through the most treacherous stretch of ice in Norton Sound. They faced a strong 40mph gale with wind chills of almost 80 below zero. The team ran more than 200 miles from Nome and back for that serum run.
Chips, the war dog, has played an important role during World War II. He is a German Shepherd that takes the role of a tank guard dog in Italy, France, Africa and Germany. At some point during the war, he dragged a phone cable across the raging and deadly battlefield so that his platoon could make a call for backup. There is also one event on a beach located in Sicily, where Chips and his handler came under fire because of a hidden pillbox. Chips sprang from his handler and dove straight to the enemy’s emplacement making them surrender. At the same night, Chips alerted his troop about a surprise Italian attack. His troops promptly captured the attackers on the same night. For his heroic deeds, Chips received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart award.
Belle, a Beagle is the first canine to win VITA Wireless Samaritan Award. These awards are given to individuals who used a cell phone to help in an emergency situation, prevent a crime or to save a life. Belle has saved the life of her owner in 2006 by calling 911 using her owner’s cell phone. Weaver, Belle’s owner, had his blood sugar dropped at very dangerous level. Belle was trained to call for help during these circumstances. Because of Belle’s quick response, she was able to call for help and save her owner’s life.
There are more than hundreds of dogs that are recognized in history because of their heroic deeds that has saved lives of real people. These are real dogs with real stories. This is a proof that heroic dogs do exist not only in movies but in real life too.