Service dogs are hardworking, dedicated and incredibly beneficial in so many aspects of society. From search and rescue to bomb squad missions, there are dogs working in numerous fields. We count on dogs in so many ways. After all dogs are loaded with talents, like super sonic smelling powers and the ability to heal broken souls.
Here are some extraordinarily inspirational service dogs that deserve a standing round of aPAWS!
1. Bretagne The 9/11 Dog
Bretagne was the last living search and rescue dog from the September 11th attacks in NYC. The sweet-hearted golden retriever lived to be 16, passing away in June 2016, just shy of her 17th birthday.
Back in 2001, she was one of 300 dogs tasked with searching for bodies in the massive rubble left behind when the twin towers crumbled. Alongside her owner and best friend, Denise Corliss, Bretagne worked 12-hour days at Ground Zero for nearly two weeks. Not only did Bretagne’s incredible sense of smell help find people lost in the rubble, but her good-natured spirit brought a smile to all who interacted with her.
Bretagne worked as a formal search and rescue dog until she was 9-years-old. She was then blessed with an excellent retirement full of swimming, cuddling and lots of love. On the day she was euthanized a sea of firefighters stood outside of her veterinary hospital to salute her. It wasn’t the first time she’d been acknowledged for her selfless hard work, and even though she no longer walks this Earth, it certainly won’t be the last.
2. Yolanda, The Service Dog That Saved Her Blind Owner From A House Fire
Yolanda is a beautiful Labrador that works day in and day out to help protect her owner Maria Colon. Colon lost her eyesight in 1992, and without her trusty service dog she wouldn’t be alive today.
When Colon’s Philadelphia home caught fire last year she immediately called out her dog’s name for help. She used the code word “danger,” which prompted Yolanda to dial 911 on a specialized phone.
Colon said, “I hear the phone — tke, tke, tke. And she’s growling. And I said, ‘Oh my lord, she called the police.’”
The fire temporarily displaced Colon and Yolanda and both were treated for injuries, but today they are lucky to be alive. It wasn’t the first time Yolanda saved Colon’s life. The year prior, Yolanda dialed 911 after Colon fell down in her home and lost consciousness.
3. Lucas, The Crime Fighting Police Service Dog That Saved His Owner From 3 Attackers
In May 2015, Deputy Todd Frazier was cruising along a desolate stretch of Highway 90 in Pearlington, Mississippi with his service dog in the backseat when he came across a blue Lincoln Town Car at a deserted rest stop. The officer pulled over to make sure everything was okay, at which point he was attacked by three men.
One of the men cut him across the forehead with a razor, another choked him and a third man grabbed his legs and began to carry him off towards the edge of the woods. The deputy clicked a button on his person that released his K-9, Lucas, from the backseat of his patrol car.
Lucas quickly went into action fighting off the assailants, causing them to drop Deputy Frazier and flee to their car. While both Frazier and Lucas had some bumps and bruises, Lucas even lost a few teeth, they both made a full recovery.
Sheriff Ricky Adam, Frazier’s fellow officer from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, said, “Deputy Frazier is a good deputy and takes his job seriously. He is also an excellent dog handler — he trained Lucas himself.”
Every Dog Is A Service Dog In His Or Her Own Way
Even if your dog is not out fighting crime or joining search and rescue teams he or she is still a hero in so many ways. Every dog is loaded with superpowers, and it’s up to you to make sure they are in the best shape to utilize their special talents. You never know, your dog could very well save your life someday!
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