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.
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.
SCAMP, a five-year-old female farm dog, was honoured for attracting the attention of passersby to her owner, Jack Ruttan, whose tractor crashed down a steep 40-foot heavily wooded embankment on a lonely farm road.