Five Inspirational Hero Dogs
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes … and some of them even have four legs! Dogs have been inspiring humans for centuries with their heroism. Some of these hero dogs are well-known, while others aren’t talked about as often. But no matter how famous, all these hero dogs are truly inspirational. Here are five dogs whose heroism will make you smile:
Sergeant Stubby: Stubby is the only dog in history to be promoted to Sergeant. He certainly earned it; he fought in World War I for eighteen months. He served admirably, by warning his unit of incoming artillery and gas attacks. He also helped rescue injured soldiers and even helped to capture a spy, holding him by the seat of his pants until help arrived. Overall, he participated in four offensives and seventeen battles, earning him several medals. He retired to a life of luxury after the war and his legacy is still remembered today.
Balto: Although often remembered as a character in a popular animated movie, Balto was actually a real dog. He and his companion dog, Togo, led a sled dog team through Alaska in order to stop a diphtheria epidemic. They carried the medicine from Anchorage to Nome, a journey of almost one thousand miles. Ultimately they delivered the medicine ahead of schedule, and the Iditarod Dog Sled Race is run every year in their honor.
Ginny: Not all dogs have to brave the wilds or war to earn their spot as a hero. Ginny just had to brave the city. Over her lifetime, Ginny rescued hundreds of stray and stranded cats. She was still young when she made her first rescue, and went on to continue rescuing them for years. No matter if the cat was in a pipe, dumpster, or box, Ginny would sniff them out and find them. She was a remarkable dog with a lot of love to give.
Trakr: Trakr the police dog rescued hundreds of people throughout his lifetime. But his shining moment was when he dug through thirty feet of debris at Ground Zero to rescue the last human survivor of the World Trade Center attack. He persevered despite smoke inhalation and burns, and his heroism earned him several accolades. Time magazine even named him one of the most heroic animals in history.
Endal: A purebred Labrador retriever, Endal is perhaps the most famous service dog of all time. His owner was a war veteran with several disabilities, but Endel was there every step of the way, helping him recover. He knew over one hundred commands and even learned sign language. At one point, his owner was knocked unconscious by a passing car, and Endel pulled him to safety and then ran to find help. For his service and devotion he won several awards and a movie about him is said to be in the works.
With so much love and loyalty to give, it’s no surprise that dogs can be so motivational. Of course, the dog that is the most inspirational to you is probably your own dog. So give him or her a hug and remember that you mean the world to each other!