JACKIE, a small Terrier, had been partially paralyzed after a fight with a much bigger dog and was about to be put to sleep. However, the Connolly family couldn’t bring themselves to have her put down. Ironically, two years later Jackie saved her owners by alerting them to a fire that destroyed their home.
TROOPER, a Redbone/Walker Hound mix, saved the life of his owner, Ross Benway, when a fire completely destroyed his farmhouse. Trooper jumped onto Benway’s bed, clawing and barking until he awoke, choking from smoke inhalation. Hearing the roar of the flames, Benway threw Trooper through the nearest window and was blown through the window himself as the fire exploded into the bedroom. The house burned to the ground.
REX, a German Shepherd repeatedly hurled himself against the door leading to the Misic and Zegarac families’ living quarters, arousing the two families during the night as fire engulfed their gas station and the living quarters above.
CHARLIE BROWN, a St. Bernard, followed a young boy who had wandered away from home into a densely wooded snowbound forest area. Charlie Brown stayed with the lost and frightened boy and kept him warm until his owner, Lorne Rose, located them.
Trois Riviers, Quebec
TRAMP, a cat owned by Gail Bilodeau, saved her owner from serious harm by waking her from a deep sleep. When Mrs. Biladeau’s electric blanket burst into flames, Tramp woke her owner in time to save her two children and call the fire department.
LONESOME, a young stray dog adopted by Norris McIntyre saved Nils Haugejorden from a freezing death. Nils had fallen walking home at midnight in a sub-zero blizzard. The dog stayed with the injured man throughout the night, licking his face to keep him awake, lying with him to keep him warm, and frequently barking in the direction of neighbouring houses until he was able to awaken the neighbours. The injured man was rushed to hospital severely frostbitten.
RALPH, un petit chat, a empêché sa maîtresse de mourir gelée ou de suffoquer, alors qu’elle s’était accidentellement enfermée dans son congélateur-chambre. Ralph attira l’attention du père de Mme Bowes en poussant des cris désespérés à partir d’une autre pièce de la maison. M. Bowes suivit alors le chat jusqu’au sous-sol, où il entendit les faibles appels de sa fille qui criait au secours.
Ontario Provincial Police Canine Team
KANAKA, a black German Shepherd was responsible for numerous rescues, arrests and the recovery of evidence, stolen property and money throughout years of distinguished service. In one incident, Kanaka tracked a lost hunter for 20 hours across freezing swamps and an ice-covered lake, before finding the man. After the ordeal, Kanaka required medical attention and was commended with saving the hunter’s life.
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
TRIXIE, a small stray dog who had adopted the Burbine family, seized the sweater of three-year-old Brent Burbine when the youngster fell from a wharf on McGuire Lake. The dog held the child until help arrived to pull him to safety.
PATRICK, a three-year-old dog owned by John Williams, saved the life of his owner who was being held at knifepoint by a masked thief. Patrick attacked the bandit, who was holding a knife at his master’s throat, enabling Mr. Williams to break free and recover the stolen money.