A dog that chased away a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and saved the lives of 50 US soldiers was accidentally euthanized in a dog shelter in Arizona.
In 2012 alone, an estimated 2.8 million dog owners gave their dogs antidepressants.
Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs, were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.
Dogs laugh often but humans have trouble recognizing it because it sounds like they’re just panting.
A Russian dog, whose owners were killed in a car crush, refused to leave the site of the accident. The dog waited for them, until it died 7 years later. The city informally adopted the dog and dedicated a statue to honor its loyalty.
In 19th century Germany there was a man who was both the local tax collector and caretaker of the dog pound. Since tax collecting was a dangerous job, he used the pound to make a new breed a dog that would protect him while collecting. His name, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
The Moscow Water Dog is a now-extinct breed of dog that was developed in the Soviet Union after WWII. They were bred to be water rescue dogs, but since they preferred biting drowning people to saving them, the breed was allowed to go extinct.
Gander, a World War 2 Newfoundland service dog, saved a Canadian unit of soldiers from a live grenade during the battle of Hong Kong. The dog picked up the grenade and rushed towards the Japanese enemies, dying in the explosion.
In 2001 an Australian Blue Heeler saved his elderly owner from an alligator attack in the dark. The woman had fallen in her yard at night. She heard the gator coming towards her before the dog ambushed it, fighting the reptile until it fled in defeat.
When confronted by police, a man took his pit bull off the leash, pointed at the cops and yelled “Kill’em boy, kill’em.” The dog responded by biting him in the butt and chasing him into a nearby apartment where the officers promptly arrested him.