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When we read about a loved and treasured family pet saving its owners, it warms our heart and we are impressed and reassured that pets are wonderful. But how can we explain the instinct that seems to exist in some animals, either domesticated or wild, to intervene in order to save the life of a human? These stories exist and they are simply amazing.
Janice W. operates a refuge in Arkansas. One day while in the back pasture, her 11-month-old Watusi calf turned suddenly, totally blocking her path. She grabbed its horns and attempted to force it out of her way, but it tossed its head, knocking her out of the way. It was then she saw the Copperhead – exactly where her foot would have stepped if it weren’t for her calf. Although this viper’s venom isn’t usually fatal to an adult, it could have been fatal for Janice who was recovering from surgery. Her life was saved by this animal she cares for: not a dog, not a cat, – a cow. That’s quite wonderfully amazing.
Chihuahuas are known for being tiny, adorable and, in some cases, a little yappy. According to Today on NBC, in October 2008, one 13-pound Chihuahua named Chi Chi yipped and yapped so hysterically that he couldn’t be ignored.
His owners, Rick and Mary Lane, had taken Chi Chi with them to the beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The diminutive doggie was resting in his own beach chair (and restrained with a leash) when he suddenly went berserk. “He leapt out of his beach chair, still attached, dragging the beach chair, and he started sending out an alarm,” Mary Lane said. “He was making a sound we never heard before. Rick said, ‘Hey, what’s the matter with the dog?'”
Chi Chi had spotted something horrible happening about 100 yards down the beach. “There was a storm surge, and there were two elderly ladies — one had fallen on her back headfirst into the surf,” Mary Lane said. “The other lady … was trying to hold her head up, and she was in danger of being washed out.”
Thanks to Chi Chi’s warning, the Lanes rescued the women from the riptide. You can check here for the full story.