1Sgt. Stubby: America’s first war dog hero
He also located and comforted wounded, carried messages under fire and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants after hearing a noise coming from a small patch of brush. He went to investigate and found a German spy. Stubby put his ears back and began to bark. The German began to run and Stubby took off after him, biting the soldier on his legs causing him to trip and fall. Then he attacked the soldier’s arms and finally bit and held onto his rear end. By this time some of the Allied soldiers had come to see what all the noise was. When they saw that the dog had captured a spy they cheered. He became the first dog to be given rank in the U.S. Armed Forces.
After the war, Stubby became Georgetown University’s mascot when his owner, Robert Conroy was headed to law school and took the dog along. Old age finally caught up with the small warrior on April 4th, 1926, as he took ill and died in Conroy’s arms.
2Swansea Jack: The Baywatch dog who saved 27 people
Legend has it that in his lifetime he saved 27 people from the Docks / River Tawe. Swansea Jack died in October 1937 after eating rat poison. He was named ‘Dog of the Century’ by NewFound Friends of Bristol. He received a silver cup from the Lord Mayor of London and he is still the only dog to have been awarded two bronze medals by the National Canine Defence League (now known as Dogs Trust).
3Jim: the “Wonder Dog” who could predict the future
Jim became a hunting dog who knew which fields contained birds and which ones didn’t. Mr. VanArsdale would let Jim choose the field in which to hunt and he was never disappointed.
Jim was examined at the University of Missouri by a group of veterinarians and scientists. Results of the examination were normal. He responded to their requests given in Italian, French, German and Spanish. He was taken before a Greek class and given several requests in Greek which he successfully answered. Jim picked the winner in the 1936 World Series. He correctly predicted that Roosevelt would be re-elected in 1936. He also correctly picked the winner in the Kentucky Derby for seven years. And most amazingly, he could predict accurately the sex of an unborn infant.
The Wonder Dog died on March 18, 1937 and was buried in a cemetery in Marshall. A small white stone was erected over his grave bearing the inscription “Jim, the Wonder Dog.”
4Appollo: A 9/11 hero
A German Shepherd born around 1992, he and his handler, Peter Davies, were called in to assist with the rescue operations after the September 11 terror attacks. They arrived at the World Trade Center site fifteen minutes after the attack, making Appollo the first search and rescue dog to arrive at the site after the collapse of the World Trade Center. At one point, Appollo was almost killed by flames and falling debris. However, he survived, having been drenched after falling into a pool of water just before this incident. Appollo started working again as soon as Davies had brushed the debris off him.He died in November 2006.
5Faith: The bipedal dog
It’s not all that unusual to see a dog stand up to greet their loved ones, but Faith remains upright and actually gets around this way. She may be the worlds first and only biped canine.Faith is now a therapy dog and makes public appearance to encourage others to live to their full potential.
6The Sheepherder Dog: Kept a sheep ranch by himself for 2 years
In 1879, the New Mexico legislature voted to award a pension to the hard-working (but nameless) sheep dog. There are no pictures of this dog.
7Greyfriars Bobby: Guarded his owner’s grave for 14 years
8Max: The collie who sniffed out his owner’s cancer
Still convinced that something was wrong, she persuaded surgeons to do a biopsy. And Maureen’s hunch was proved right when the results confirmed there was a lump – and it was malignant.She’s had surgery to remove the lump, followed by radiation treatment, and her prognosis is excellent. Mrs. Burns is convinced that she is alive today because of her dog’s keen sense of smell.
9Bobbie: Traveled 2.800 miles to return to this family
10Coal: World’s first dog with a bionic leg
Here’s the story of Coal, an eight-and-a-half year old hound had his left paw amputated because of cancer. He faced being put down because his other legs would be too weak to carry him. Instead of that, his owner Reg Walker spent £10,000 to fit him with a sophisticated bionic leg, which was designed to be compatible with Coal’s own tissue. The titanium alloy used mimics animal hide, allowing the skin and the bone from above to seal the metal implant below without it being rejected by the body.
Coal is a very special dog, he goes on tour with his owner (who is a music industry security guard) and he’s the only dog to have allowed into Live 8 and the only dog that has ever been backstage at the Royal Albert Hall. Now he has an absolutely normal quality of life, which he wouldn’t have had before.