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Life is bet­ter with dogs. I should know, since I have a whole fam­ily of six of them liv­ing with me and my hus­band, kids, and cats! Here are a few tales of heroic dogs to brighten your weekend…

It was 4:30 am when a sleep­ing cou­ple was awak­ened by their two dogs recently. The dogs were tug­ging on them and nudg­ing them and insist­ing on being taken out, which was not some­thing these dogs typ­i­cally did in the wee hours. These dogs had some­thing impor­tant to show their humans, and thank God that their humans even­tu­ally com­plied! Via Sun­nySkyz:

Meet Adam and Eva, two labradoo­dles who are being cred­ited with sav­ing the life of a lost elderly woman.

dogs save woman from freezing to death
Credit: J. Scott Park

The dogs woke their own­ers up at 4:30 a.m. on Sun­day. They con­tin­u­ously tugged on their owner’s sleeve, insist­ing to be let outside.

(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was a cau­tious about let­ting them out because I didn’t know if there was any­thing out there,” Lon­nie Chester said.

Before Lon­nie could open the door all the way, Adam and Eva squeezed past and bolted to his truck out­side. Next to it was an elderly woman in her late 80s on the ground, freez­ing with noth­ing on but a night gown.

dogs save woman from freezing to death
Credit: J. Scott Park

She looked up at me and said, ‘I’m so cold,’” Lon­nie said. “I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified.”

The tem­per­a­ture around the time was about 9 degrees in Norvell Town­ship, Michigan.

Shortly after res­cue crews arrived, the woman’s fam­ily came to the house and asked if they had found their lost loved one. The fam­ily was look­ing for her but did not see her as she was lying in the snow in the near total darkness.

The rest of the story and see related video HERE

Talk about courage under fire! Meet Chips the Husky/​Shepard Mix who has been posthu­mously awarded for his extra­or­di­nary brav­ery in World War II:

NY Post

He was a very good boy.

A hero US Army dog who ran nose-​first into a machine gun fire in World War II and took out a shooter by the throat was rec­og­nized with Britain’s high­est honor for ani­mal brav­ery Monday.

Westch­ester County pooch Chips, a Ger­man shepherd-​husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for his coura­geous actions dur­ing the appro­pri­ately titled Oper­a­tion Husky.

It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the his­tory books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the US Army,” said Jan McLough­lin, direc­tor gen­eral of the the UK’s People’s Dis­pen­sary for Sick Ani­mals, which cre­ated the award in 1943.

Chips was just a reg­u­lar fam­ily pet liv­ing with the Wren fam­ily in Pleas­antville when the Army asked civil­ians to donate their dogs to the war effort. Some 40,000 patri­otic pooches were signed up, but only 10,000 made the cut — includ­ing Chips.

Upon land­ing at the beach in Sicily in 1943, Chips’ pla­toon imme­di­ately came under fire — and the coura­geous canine broke free of his leash and ran into an enemy machine-​gun nest.

There was an awful lot of noise and the fir­ing stopped. Then I saw one sol­dier come out of the door with Chips at his throat. I called him off before he could kill the man,” his han­dler, Pvt. John Row­ell, later recalled — adding that three other Ital­ian sol­diers then emerged with their hands over their heads.

He suf­fered some injuries in the mêlée, but sniffed out another 10 enemy com­bat­ants later that day — lead­ing to their sur­ren­der, accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Chips sur­vived his three and a half years in the war, and was able to return home to Pleas­antville to live out his days as a war hero.

He was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Cross, Sil­ver Star and Pur­ple Heart for his efforts, but they were later rescinded because they’re not actu­ally meant for dogs. MORE HERE

I had a hero dog, her name was Mag­gie and she was a Golden Retriever who had been abused before ani­mal res­cuers saved her and put her up for adop­tion and she was brought home by my dad. Mag­gie was here with me sev­en­teen years ago today when my father died. They are both on my mind today. Mag­gie always had a sad­ness about her after we lost my dad, but she was the sweet­est friend you could ever hope for. A few years after my dad died, while I was very preg­nant with my first child, I had some­how ended up asleep on my back and I devel­oped a bad nose­bleed (I had a lot of nose­bleeds dur­ing that preg­nancy, but if I was awake it wasn’t a big deal). I only became aware of it because Mag­gie kept nudg­ing me and lick­ing me until I woke up, chok­ing on blood. I believe Mag­gie knew some­thing was wrong and I think she spared my baby and I from what could have become a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion! After my daugh­ter was born, Mag­gie always stood guard over her bassinet in my room, and did the same when my son was born a few years later. She was a gen­tle com­pan­ion for my young chil­dren and one of the best friends I ever had. She died some years ago of old age, but she lives for­ever in the hearts of every­one who knew her.

I have had a lot of spe­cial dogs over the years, includ­ing my dog Oreo, who once got between me and a neighbor’s vicious dog who had got­ten out and came after me. That other dog was twice Oreo’s size but my dog got all up in that other dog’s face bark­ing his “big dog” bark until the other dog finally for­got about want­ing to get me, backed off, and went back home. Oreo also once stared down a humon­gous coy­wolf who was in a neighbor’s yard while I was out walk­ing him. Again, Oreo put him­self in front of me and between myself and some­thing that maybe could have hurt me. Oreo is not exactly a smart dog; he often gets into all kinds of ridicu­lous mis­chief, but my mem­o­ries of his brav­ery will almost always get him out of trou­ble for what­ever he has just chewed up or peed on.

Thank God for dogs! If you have a spe­cial dog story you want to share, I would love to read it below in the com­ments section!

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

Life is better with dogs. I should know, since I have a whole family of six of them living with me and my husband, kids, and cats! Here are a few tales of heroic dogs to brighten your weekend…

It was 4:30 am when a sleeping couple was awakened by their two dogs recently. The dogs were tugging on them and nudging them and insisting on being taken out, which was not something these dogs typically did in the wee hours. These dogs had something important to show their humans, and thank God that their humans eventually complied! Via SunnySkyz:

Meet Adam and Eva, two labradoodles who are being credited with saving the life of a lost elderly woman.

dogs save woman from freezing to death
Credit: J. Scott Park

The dogs woke their owners up at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. They continuously tugged on their owner’s sleeve, insisting to be let outside.

“(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was a cautious about letting them out because I didn’t know if there was anything out there,” Lonnie Chester said.

Before Lonnie could open the door all the way, Adam and Eva squeezed past and bolted to his truck outside. Next to it was an elderly woman in her late 80s on the ground, freezing with nothing on but a night gown.

dogs save woman from freezing to death
Credit: J. Scott Park

“She looked up at me and said, ‘I’m so cold,'” Lonnie said. “I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified.”

The temperature around the time was about 9 degrees in Norvell Township, Michigan.

Shortly after rescue crews arrived, the woman’s family came to the house and asked if they had found their lost loved one. The family was looking for her but did not see her as she was lying in the snow in the near total darkness.

The rest of the story and see related video HERE

Talk about courage under fire! Meet Chips the Husky/Shepard Mix who has been posthumously awarded for his extraordinary bravery in World War II:

NY Post

He was a very good boy.

A hero US Army dog who ran nose-first into a machine gun fire in World War II and took out a shooter by the throat was recognized with Britain’s highest honor for animal bravery Monday.

Westchester County pooch Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for his courageous actions during the appropriately titled Operation Husky.

“It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the US Army,” said Jan McLoughlin, director general of the the UK’s People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, which created the award in 1943.

Chips was just a regular family pet living with the Wren family in Pleasantville when the Army asked civilians to donate their dogs to the war effort. Some 40,000 patriotic pooches were signed up, but only 10,000 made the cut — including Chips.

Upon landing at the beach in Sicily in 1943, Chips’ platoon immediately came under fire — and the courageous canine broke free of his leash and ran into an enemy machine-gun nest.

“There was an awful lot of noise and the firing stopped. Then I saw one soldier come out of the door with Chips at his throat. I called him off before he could kill the man,” his handler, Pvt. John Rowell, later recalled — adding that three other Italian soldiers then emerged with their hands over their heads.

He suffered some injuries in the melee, but sniffed out another 10 enemy combatants later that day — leading to their surrender, according to the Washington Post.

Chips survived his three and a half years in the war, and was able to return home to Pleasantville to live out his days as a war hero.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart for his efforts, but they were later rescinded because they’re not actually meant for dogs. MORE HERE

I had a hero dog, her name was Maggie and she was a Golden Retriever who had been abused before animal rescuers saved her and put her up for adoption and she was brought home by my dad. Maggie was here with me seventeen years ago today when my father died. They are both on my mind today. Maggie always had a sadness about her after we lost my dad, but she was the sweetest friend you could ever hope for. A few years after my dad died, while I was very pregnant with my first child, I had somehow ended up asleep on my back and I developed a bad nosebleed (I had a lot of nosebleeds during that pregnancy, but if I was awake it wasn’t a big deal). I only became aware of it because Maggie kept nudging me and licking me until I woke up, choking on blood. I believe Maggie knew something was wrong and I think she spared my baby and I from what could have become a dangerous situation! After my daughter was born, Maggie always stood guard over her bassinet in my room, and did the same when my son was born a few years later. She was a gentle companion for my young children and one of the best friends I ever had. She died some years ago of old age, but she lives forever in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

I have had a lot of special dogs over the years, including my dog Oreo, who once got between me and a neighbor’s vicious dog who had gotten out and came after me. That other dog was twice Oreo’s size but my dog got all up in that other dog’s face barking his “big dog” bark until the other dog finally forgot about wanting to get me, backed off, and went back home. Oreo also once stared down a humongous coywolf who was in a neighbor’s yard while I was out walking him. Again, Oreo put himself in front of me and between myself and something that maybe could have hurt me. Oreo is not exactly a smart dog; he often gets into all kinds of ridiculous mischief, but my memories of his bravery will almost always get him out of trouble for whatever he has just chewed up or peed on.

Thank God for dogs! If you have a special dog story you want to share, I would love to read it below in the comments section!

Oreo, my brave dog

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.