Super Bowl special: 10 Dog MVPs

Okay, it’s Super Bowl week—honoring the best football teams and players. So in addition to posting 5 reasons dogs dig the Super Bowl, I’m honoring other four-leggers; my fellow canine compadres past and present who’ve shown why they belong on the dog team. Let’s call it canine heroes.

Belle the beagle

Isn't it obvious that this dog would prefer a good meal?

1. Smartest (besides me). Belle the beagle (of course) dialed “911” on a cell phone after her parent collapsed from a diabetic seizure. She became the first four-legger to win VITA’s Wireless Samaritan Award. Evidently, she’d been trained to bite down on the phone’s keypad in the event of an emergency. Treat, please.

2. Inspiring Bi-petisanship. Ginny endangered herself not once—but multiple times—to save feline friends. Once, she threw herself against a pipe so that it would topple and the stranded kitties inside could escape. Another time, Ginny suffered severe cuts on her paws to release an injured CAT inside a box of broken glass. And they say dogs and CATS don’t get along

Ginny the cat dog

Ginny doesn't discriminate.

3. Biggest heart. Nicole and her mom were attacked by 4 armed men and Bella, their 4 year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier lunged at the man with the knife. She bit his leg several times. He shot her in the head, then turned his gun on Nicole, but had used his last bullet on Bella. And Bella kept defending until the men panicked and fled. (Kleenex, please.) Bella died in Nicole’s arms. An autopsy showed that Bella’s heart had been completely drained of blood in her fierce battle to protect her family.

4. Unbelievable doggie paddle. Katrina, the ironically named black lab, saved a drowning man before Hurricane Katrina’s rising flood waters claimed his life. The dog, who was later rescued herself by rescue teams, was honored at that year’s Genesis Awards with a standing ovation. (Note to future award granters: Recognition is nice, but we dogs like food. And lots of it.)

reona the rotty

Who's braver? Reona the rotty with Vivian the tiny totty.

5. Unwavering braveness.

Reona, a 109 pound Rottweiler, leapt over 3 fences during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake to come to the aid of 5-year old Vivian. Vivian’s epilepsy meant over excitement could bring on a life threatening seizure. Reona pushed her against the wall and held her still, and Vivian was soothed by his fur. Moments later, a large microwave fell in the exact spot that Vivian had just been.

6. Best schnoz. (And I’m a beagle, so this means a lot.) Shelby the German shepherd barked, scratched and whined until her human family was awake. Now, I do this, too—but apparently I’m only supposed to when carbon monoxide levels are too high. Shelby saved her whole family with her keen sense of smell and successful wakey-wakey routine.

Tip the dog

Tip your hat to Tip; she put the "loyal" in dog.

7. The MVP. Like Oprah, Weela had a sucky childhood, abandoned in an alley at 4-weeks old. And like Oprah, Weela was multi-talented. She first took the bite of a rattlesnake, rushing across the yard to push an 11-year old boy out of fangs’ way. Later, she went on to save 30 people and an eclectic group of furry friends after extreme flooding near her home. Holy mackerel.

8. Best Babysitter. If you’ve been around a baby, you know—oooooeeee, they make owie noises that hurt a dog’s ears. Kudos to this Kujo-looking brute who chose cuddling instead of mauling. Sorry I don’t know your name.

9. Undying loyalty. Tip and her master, Joseph Tagg, an eighty-one year-old man were on a walk when the old man, um, died. Search parties were set back due to severe frost and snow storms. In the spring, a sheepherder came across Joesph’s body, with a starving and sickly Tip beside him. She had waited for over three months, through the worst of winter, for help to come for the one she loved.

10. Biggest guitar hero. Eddie. Must see.


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2 responses to this post.

  1. Loved this- very clever!

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