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Hurricane Katrina was a miserable occurance for everyone down south, but inspiring stories of heroism have helped give victims something to smile about. That’s certainly the case with Katrina, the ironically named black labrador who saved a drowning man before 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.
You don’t get to be the 2008 Dog of the Year for nothing, and this pooch is no exception. Maya took home this year’s honors for courageously saving Angela Marcelino, her owner, from a vicious male attacker. The pitbull’s act of bravery earned some high praise from the Animal Miracle foundation, who was happy to report that “the pitbull breed can be hero dogs just like any other breed.”
2007′s Dog of the Year winner was Moti, the five year old German Shepherd who literally took a bullet for his human family. When a masked intruder made his way into the Patel household, Moti wasted little time, leaping to his feet and barking to draw the gunman’s attention. Faced with the angry pooch, the gunman shot him and ran off without harming any of the Patels. Luckily, this furry hero is made a full recovery.
Honey was the 2006 Dog of the Year, an award she earned by saving her owner from a violent car accident. When she and Michael Bosch found their SUV rolled over and stuck upside down in a deep ravine, Bosch was trapped and knew that Honey was his only hope. With all his strength, he managed to release the dog and hope that she would somehow find help. Sure enough, the then 5 month old English Cocker Spaniel got the attention of a man about a half-mile away and brought him to the scene of the accident. Rescuers concluded that had it not been for Honey Bosch would have died.
All dogs are known for their super-sharp hearing, but most of them don’t win awards for it. But when Nellie, a 4 year old black lab, used her high powered ears to detect an intruder in time to save her severely deaf owner, it would’ve been a crime to give the Heroic Hearing Dog of the Year award to anyone else! The charity that trained Nellie couldn’t have been more proud.