Animal Heroics: Pets Who Save Lives

A.k.a. probably the saddest thing you'll read all year.

As any 6th grader who shed a tear reading, Where the Red Fern Grows is aware, pets have a history of saving their owners in times of danger. Whether it's dogs, cats, lizards or weirder, we've heard story after story of pets selflessly protecting their owners when the going gets tough.

There has always been a deep connection between humans and animals, and though at times our cats may hide from us for days, deep down they love us (almost) as much as we love them. 

In honor of the heroic pets of the world out there, here are a few recent stories of animals saving their owners that pulled on our heart strings.

Just a word of warning: you may want to grab a box of tissues. They don't end well.

Bradley Fights The Bears
After coming across a bear and her cubs while out in the woods, a 4-pound dachshund named Bradley defended his owners by chasing after, and attacking, the beast. The video is below, but remember what we said about the tissues:

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Simon the Guide Dog Protects His Owner
Simon, a guide dog in Atlanta, has been called a hero after attempting to protect his owner from a car that ran a stop sign. Simon and his visually impaired owner were using a crosswalk when the car struck the pair and, according to bystanders, Simon leaped in front his owner to take the full brunt of the accident. The dog's owner Will survived, but once again things did not turn out well for the heroic pet. After limping home despite a broken leg, Simon apparently "made sure Will was okay" before laying down in a corner. Tragically, Simon passed away on the way to the vet.

 

And finally, because we don't want you feeling terribly depressed for the rest of the day, a story that ends on a positive note:

Dog Saves Baby From Crawling Into The Sea:
A dog in Turkey became the hero of the day after lying down in front of a baby to keep it from crawling into the ocean. After spotting the baby crawling down the beach towards the water, the dog sprinted to lay in front of, and block, the child from going any further until the parents could grab her. I guess the real question here is why a bunch of people in Turkey just stand around video taping any time a baby starts crawling towards a body of water. But instead we'll just focus on that patron saint of pups.

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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