My Service Dog, Jade

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blind Woman's Guide Dog Calls Police, Intruder Flees

I thought I'd post this recent story, as it shows the importance of service dogs.

An intruder broke into this blind woman's home, assaulted her by choking her and subsequently throwing her down the stairs, but her guide dog saved her life by using a special device to call 911.  When the dog did so, the intruder fled. It is uncertain whether the intruder knew the woman, or not, but her dog is definitely a hero.

 This is a great example of a hero dog.

I thought I'd add some other amazing stories of hero/rescue dogs here.  One of my recent commenters inspired this post, in discussing what it means for a dog to be a real hero/rescue dog.  Here are real hero dogs that have heroically rescued their owners.


When Michael Hingson found himself on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, it took some unexpected heroics from his yellow labrador to save his life. When the building started to sway and the air filled with choking smoke, Roselle lead Michael to safety, guiding him through the crumbling office toward a stairwell. It wasn't easy for Michael or Roselle, who was panting and extremely thirsty, but the two managed to reach safety just moments before Tower 1 collapsed.


All dogs are known for their super-sharp hearing, but most of them don't win awards for it. But when Nellie, a 4 year old black lab, used her high powered ears to detect an intruder in time to save her severely deaf owner, it would've been a crime to give the Heroic Hearing Dog of the Year award to anyone else! The charity that trained Nellie couldn't have been more proud.


MSNBC tells the story of Toby, a golden retriever who heroically saved owner Debbie Parkhurst from choking to death on an apple in her Maryland home. When it became apparent that she was choking, the dog leapt hard onto her chest and forced the lodged morsel to come loose from her throat. For his efforts, Toby took home a share of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' "Dog of the Year" award in 2007.


In a truly heartwarming story, a four year old Golden Retriever was credited with saving a paralyzed man who got his wheelchair stuck in the middle of a muddy field. When Gareth Jones found himself unable to move, the former soldier's service dog was ready to answer the call, dutifully pulling the rope Jones threw to him until the wheelchair was pulled free.
Said Jones, "He didn't let go until I was clear. He knew exactly what he was doing."