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5 Times Real-Life Lassies ​Saved Kids

Man’s best friend got his nickname for a reason, and it wasn’t just because there’s no better wingman than an adorable puppy. The most loyal pet on the planet has protected mankind for as long as we can remember. Sometimes that devotion means warming your toes on the couch, and sometimes it means saving your kid’s life by chewing a venomous snake to death. These are 5 real-life Lassies who switched to ninja mode whenever their owners were in dangers.

ShelbyJohn and Janet Walderbach were babysitting their friends 2 children in Ely, Iowa on December 13th of 2013 when they thought some Christmas cookies would be nice. They baked cookies all day. Boy, did they bake cookies. After long, everybody in the house got sick from carbon monoxide poisoning, and the only one who knew it was their 7-year-old German shepherd Shelby, who couldn’t speak a lick of English.

When Janet passed out while rocking the younger child to sleep, Shelby nudged her back to consciousness and then went to get John. The Walderbachs could not determine why everyone felt nauseous or what smelled funny, but one thing was for sure: The dog needed to go outside because she was being annoying. Once outside, Shelby flipped out, scratched on the door incessantly, barked, and did everything but say, “Excuse me, you’re about to die from carbon monoxide poisoning.” Eventually, the Walderbachs got the point and made it to hyperbaric chambers at the hospital in time to thwart any severe damage. Experts later determined that the house had 280 ppm of the poison in the air, which would have meant certain death for everyone.

BrutisTwo retirees were unpacking their badminton set because this story comes from Florida, while their 2 and 4-year-old grandkids played on a nearby swing set. Meanwhile, a deadly 16-inch coral snake slithered toward the children. Instead of barking or hesitating, their golden retriever Brutis instinctively bit the bastard and took it to Grandpa, who then threw the snake in the freezer.

After killing the predator in the strangest old man way possible, Grandpa saw that Brutis had been bitten. The poor hero passed out, vomited, and defecated uncontrollably as he was rushed to a local clinic, where he recovered after a blood transfusion, 3 months, and $5,000 in medical fees. Brutis won the National Hero Dog Award for his heroism, and everyone lived happily ever after … except for Grandma, who nearly had a heart attack the next time she had a hankering for ice cream.

TaraIn 2014, Tara the tabby won the National Hero Dog Award too, and she’s not even a dog. Yes, a cat took time away from taking time away from things to do something useful, and for an extra scoop of irony, it was to save someone from a dog. Her owner 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was playing in his driveway one day when the neighbor’s dog bit the boy’s leg for no reason whatsoever. Tara pounced into action like a Golden Glove … tabby … and saved the day. The SPCA was so impressed they literally scratched out the word “Dog” and scribbled in “Cat” to give their new hero some poetic justice.

MotiThis 5-year-old German shepherd was chilling at the liquor store in the spring of 2007 with his owners Harshad and Mital Patel and their 2 daughters when a masked gunman came through the door, stuck a gun in Harshad’s face, and said, “Give me the money” several times. The 114-pound Moti immediately sprang to action, jumped over the counter, and barked the fear of god into the gunman, who shot the dog and fled in panic. Moti still carries the bullet in his shoulder to this day like a gangsta.

KillianWhen a South Carolina couple hired a babysitter named Alexis Khan for their 7-month-old son, they didn’t judge a book by it’s cover, a remarkably unattractive cover. They did a background check that showed no fouls, but things started got fishy after a while. “About 5 months into her being our babysitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door,” the couple told their local news WCSC-TV. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.”

To get to the bottom of matters, the couple hid a recorder in their house the next time Khan reported for duty, and what they heard was a flurry of curses, with the 22-year-old repeatedly shouting at the baby to “Shut the F—k up!” before she also slapped the child. Thanks to the protective dog alerting his owners, the abuser was eventually imprisoned on charges of assault and battery.