The Most Heroic Dogs of All Time and Their Heartwarming Tributes

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Dogs may be known as “man’s best friend” but they’re often man’s savior as well. Heroic dogs have jumped into danger to rescue their owners, other humans, and even other animals.

These dogs showed their compassion, loyalty, and instinctive human love by saving their owners from perilous situations. Their owners paid tribute to them in the most heartwarming and adorable ways.

Apollo saved the life of his diabetic owner

Jason Stewart’s dog Apollo knows his owner inside and out — including his medical needs. When Stuart went into a hypoglycemic seizure while sleeping, Apollo woke him up just in time.

“I’m a type one diabetic so my blood sugar dropped while I was sleeping and my dog woke me up so I could get to the fridge and get something to bring my blood sugar back up so that I could call an ambulance,” Stuart said. Stuart trained Apollo to recognize changes in blood sugar when he was just a puppy.

“No one was home to realize this was an issue,” Stuart said,”Potentially I wouldn’t have been able to call an ambulance [without Apollo].”

Bella detected gas during a residential fire

The American Humane society awarded Bella, a law enforcement/arson dog, with a Hero Dog Award for her work in Texas. She used her specialty, accelerant detection, to alert investigators of fuel in a bedroom during a residential fire. The labs confirmed gasoline evidence which allowed detectives to elicit a confession from a suspect of arson and murder.

The K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis sponsored Bella. “I am proud and honored to serve alongside her. She is truly an incredible working dog,” her partners said.

Kobuk rescued a 77-year old woman from the woods

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Kobuk, Search and Rescue Dog Category Winner, attends the Sixth Annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards | Chris Weeks/Getty Images for American Humane Association

“Everyone began to feel the urgency knowing we were searching for a 77-year-old woman with diabetes and dementia,” Kobuk’s co-rescuers revealed. Ruth Brennan, the woman in distress, had been lost for more than two nights in the Maine woods without water, food, or her medications.

Kobuk searched for hours on the third morning of Brennan’s disappearance. He ran one-fifth of a mile to locate her and sprinted back to alert rescuers he’d found Brennan just in time to save her life.

“Kobuk deserves to be recognized as the ‘Hero Dog Award: Search & Rescue Dog’ because he is a great ambassador for all SAR K9s. Kobuk searches with enthusiasm and never quits while someone is still lost in the woods, and he loves to give kids his signature ‘Kobuk-kisses.'”

Lefty took a bullet for her owner

Lefty, a loving pit bull, jumped in the way of an intruder’s bullet to save her owner. She suffered serious injuries on her shoulder and her leg had to be amputated. A Facebook community recognized Lefty’s heroic act and raised money to help her owners cover 100% of her surgery and medical costs.

“She’s trotting around like she’s been a 3-legged dog her entire life,” the Atlantic Animal Hospital shared to their Facebook page at the time.

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