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Ramses and little Tyler in drier days.
Fast-thinking pet saves boy from rushing stream
Stephanie Thiessen, Special to the Post
Apr 4, 2003
The day Fiona Taylor adopted her Rottweiler, Ramses, she knew she was playing a part in a dramatic rescue story, saving him from being put to sleep. What she didn't know was that Ramses would soon become the key player in a rescue story all his own -- this time involving Taylor's four-year-old son. Taylor was going for a group walk with Ramses and her son, Tyler, Saturday. The trio was walking along a stream in Courtcliffe Park when Tyler -- who was pretending he was fishing in the stream with a large stick -- slipped into the frigid water. It was chest deep where he touched bottom on the incline, and threatened to be much deeper if he continued to slide. Before Taylor could react, Ramses jumped into the flooded stream and stayed beside the child, his body preventing the boy from sliding deeper and slipping under the water. The dog stayed there until Ms Taylor was able to pull Tyler out. "Just when I thought I had no more room in my heart to love (Ramses) any more, the melon head pulls a stunt like this," said Taylor, a Carlisle resident. Ramses has lived with the Taylors for almost two years. He first wormed his way into Taylor's heart when she saw a picture of him on the Internet. Her friend had been watching Breakfast Television when Lorrie Harvie from Caledon Rottweiler Rescue was on the program talking about the dogs they rescue from pounds and shelters. This came at just the right time. "I had a Rott for 15 years, and he had died. I was looking for two years to replace her, but I couldn't find anything. Nothing was jiving," she said. When her friend called and told her about Caledon Rottweiler Rescue, Taylor quickly went to her computer. "I saw Ramses and it was love at first sight. I thought, 'I want this dog. He has to be mine.' He needed me as much as I needed him," recalled Taylor. So Ramses, who was two or three years old at the time, said goodbye to his foster family and hello to his new permanent family. Although he had what Taylor termed "issues" stemming from his abandonment, the dog eventually learned to trust her and took his rightful place as the newest Taylor. Now, Tyler and Ramses are best buddies, Ms Taylor said. "You'd never know we've only had him for two years. You'd think Tyler grew up with Ramses. It's like we've never not had him." Ramses has a protective attitude towards Tyler, Taylor said. Whenever Ramses and Tyler go with her for a walk near the stream, Ramses always walks between the stream and Tyler, she said. Ramses is named after an Egyptian god and according to Taylor, that's not far off the mark. "He's magnificent," she said, naming the sensitivity in his eyes and his sense of humour as two of Ramses' best qualities. Harvie of Caledon Rottweiler Rescue said not all shelters and pounds are comfortable placing Rottweilers and if the group had not taken Ramses, he would have been euthanized. "It makes me sick," Taylor said of the thought. She said she's well aware that the majority of times Rottweilers are mentioned in the media, it's not for good reasons. So she's happy to vocalize her good-news Rottweiler story. "Usually they're about eating four-year-olds, instead (of rescuing them)," she said, adding that she's always loved Rottweilers.
Chelsea Saves the Day
Like Father, Like Dog: 100-lb. Puppy Saves Life-Saver's Life
Monday, September 3, 2001 - USA
SENECA FALLS, NY — It pays to set a good example for your dog; you never know when it might save your life.
Emergency dispatcher Jim Leonard has handled more than his fair share of crisis situations in working with the Seneca County Sheriff's Department. He has received five life-saving awards for meritorious performance, such as directing frantic callers through CPR procedures or complicated pregnancies; but last Monday his own life was saved by the unlikeliest candidate: "Zoey", a 7-month-old, 100-lb. (45kg) Rottweiler puppy.
The Finger Lakes Times reports that on Monday, August 27, Mr. Leonard was dead asleep after having worked the Sunday second shift at the sheriff's department. At 6:50am he was awakened by Zoey's sloppy tongue on his face (just as effective—albeit more saturated—as an air-raid siren).
Zoey had just been outside a few hours before, so Mr. Leonard initially dismissed the notice and tried to convince her to lie back down. But the persistent pooch continued to pour it on. Reluctantly, the man got up to take her for a walk outside.
Zoey's behavior remained highly irregular. First she stood in the kitchen doorway and refused to budge, and then, even after being coaxed outside with treats and praise, she refrained from doing her usual routine. After several minutes, Mr. Leonard called Zoey and headed back in.
Upon reentering his West River Road home, Mr. Leonard was immediately overcome by a noxious smell which turned out to be Methane, an extremely flammable gas. Apparently the gas had seeped in from the septic tank through a faulty trap in the bathtub. Zoey had detected the odor and awakened her pal long before the situation became threatening.
"She's my hero," says Mr. Leonard who credits their well-being to Zoey's superhuman atmospheric-contaminant-detection system (i.e., her snout). "She knew that it wasn't supposed to smell like that, and was smart enough to wake me up."
Gooood dog! Jim & Zoey celebrate Zoey's nose.
(Photo: Kathleen Lange / Finger Lakes Times)
Mr. Leonard is very proud of his life-saving apprentice and plans to continue honing her special instincts. Next up... teaching her CPR? (*shudder*)
CINDER - the Wonder Dog
Saves a Heroes Heart
When firefighter Lorenzo Abundiz performed an incredible and heroic rescue of two trapped fellow firefighters during a commercial building fire, he was awarded the, medal of valor from the California State Fireman's Association for his amazing rescue. He also received an even more special gift from one of the firefighters he saved:- A Rottweiler puppy named Cinder. Neither Lorenzo nor the firefighter who gave him Cinder knew how precisely Cinder would one day repay Lorenzo's good deed.
Little did Lorenzo Abundiz know that when his dog acted peculiarly one early morning last May, she was destined to be an international television personality. The 5 year old female Rottweiler saved her firefighter/owner's life and the uncanny circumstances surrounding this dramatic rescue have drawn the attention of film crews from Los Angeles to London. Firefighter Abundiz and his dog, Cinder, are bringing awareness of how important man's best friend is to all of us. Recently a British film crew visited their Rancho Cucamonga home in California to reenact the amazing rescue for a program on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL. Granite Productions is a London-based company. It filmed this incredible story about Cinder & Lorenzo who share a special love bond with each other. "We are here because this is an amazing tale of how Lorenzo's dog was tuned into his health, and how she knew he had a medical condition that even he was not aware of," said the associate producer for the film company. These kinds of stories are timeless because people love mysteries, especially when they are about animals."
One early morning last May Lorenzo and his two Rottweiler dogs Cinder & Reeno set out for a 4 hour hike along the Mount Baldy trails near his home. But 30 minutes into the outing, Cinder began acting strangely. "She's usually the leader of the pack," said Lorenzo. " She was tagging behind me and Reeno. She would stop turn around and start heading back down the trail, I kept on calling her back to continue the hike but she kept on doing the same thing." Worried that Cinder might be sick, Lorenzo abandoned his mountain hike and went back to his home. He told his wife, Roxane, that Cinder was not feeling well and that's why he was home early from the hike. Lorenzo sat down on the living room couch and began to check out Cinder thinking he may have to call the vet. Lorenzo didn't know it yet, but Cinder would soon save his life. As Lorenzo continued to examine Cinder for any signs of illness, Cinder became very still staring at him. Lorenzo decided to call the vet, as he got up from the couch to go toward the cordless phone located on the kitchen counter, he felt an irregular pulse pounding on the side of his neck. Being a firefighters he knew something was definitely wrong and headed for the phone. "I felt like something had grabbed my lungs and squeezed all the air out of them with a great force," he said. But before he could make it to the phone, he collapsed to the floor and lost consciousness. The next thing he remembers was Reeno licking his face. As Reeno kept Lorenzo awake Cinder performed her miracle.
She jumped on to the kitchen counter where she grabbed the cordless GTE telephone with her mouth and brought it over next to Lorenzo's outstretched hand. Lorenzo, feeling Cinder's cold wet nose on his hand, was able to dial 911 with his thumb. When the 911 dispatcher answered the call, Lorenzo was very weak and said " I'm a fireman. I feel I am having a heart attack." at the same time Reeno kept licking his f ace while he was talking to the dispatcher lying on the floor. He had become so weak that he could not even call to his wife, who was in the bedroom just down the hall. When the paramedics arrived, they began administering medications and transported him to the hospital where he spent four days. Lorenzo says "I have no doubt that if I had kept on hiking, I would not be here now. Thank God for my little Cinder acting the way she did on the mountain trail." But Lorenzo's life was saved because of Cinder. For her heroism, she was awarded "1995 Dog Hero of the Year" by the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and was named "Dog of the Year" by the Rottweiler Quarterly magazine. On May 29th, 1996 Cinder received a special recognition award from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Fire Chief Freeman presented her with the special award. The first award is the highest honor given by the Los Angeles SPCA said Madeline Bernstein, executive director of the group. "What Cinder did was particularly remarkable because she was able to detect something before it actually happened," Bernstein said. "Some dogs, such as those
known as "seizure dogs" are able to detect when a human is having a medical problems because the human body gives off a particular scent," Bernstein said. The story of how Cinder came into Lorenzo's life is as much of a miracle as Cinder's lifesaving feat. A few years ago, firefighter Lorenzo rescued two trapped fellow firefighters during a commercial building fire. He risked his own life to save them, rushing into a burning building without any breathing protection. He lifted a 1,000 pound section of the buildings burning facade that had trapped the men. One of the men, Mark Eide gave Cinder to Lorenzo as a thank you gift for saving his life. Lorenzo received the medal of valor from the California State Fireman's Association for his heroic actions. He also was featured in many television shows for his heroic and amazing rescue. The television program RESCUE 911 from CBS recreated the incredible rescue. He was written up in many newspapers. Muscle & Fitness magazine featured Lorenzo as a true life success story in there 1994 magazine issue. After Lorenzo was released from the hospital he placed his medal of valor around Cinder's neck and gave her a great big kiss.
Lorenzo seemed destined to become a Fireman. He grew up next door to a fire station in Los Angeles County and was delivered by a fireman. He started his career as a firefighter in 1975, Lorenzo loves his job as a fireman and has dedicated himself to serving his community both on and off duty teaching kids to stay away from the negatives of life gangs and drugs. Lorenzo continues to be a hero, not only to his fellow man but also to man's best friend. On December 1, 1995 Lorenzo risked his life to save a dog from a burning building the story was featured in the Los Angeles Times, he received special recognition from Hollywood to the Senators office. Cinder and Lorenzo are real life Heroes!!!!! AMERICA NEEDS MORE HEART WARMING STORIES LIKE THIS.
Young pageant princess reveals her true beauty when she saves dog's life
Victor, a 1-year-old Rottweiler mix, is lucky to be alive after being hit twice by cars along Victory Drive. The canine was found by Blakley Wall, 5, who not only rescued the stray with her mom, Heather, but is also trying to raise funds to pay for his medical bills.
--Stephen Berend/Savannah Morning News
Hero In Wauwatosa
A family and their guests can thank the dog for saving their life when deadly carbon monoxide filled their home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
The people were celebrating their daughter's birthday when the Rottweiler let out a series of wails from the basement, where she was kept. Just then.. the family started feeling woozy and they called for help. Firefighters got everyone out and went downstairs to save the dog.... who had passed out. Two firefighters also had to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning... but everybody's okay now.
February 16, 1999
A PAWPULAR HERO-
At one Auburn WA home, a rottweiler behaving like a retriever, saves her best friend's life.
Jere and Bryan Pollock's 105-pound dog Sade has never had a day of training in her life, but Sade came through at the crucial moment, saving the day and Bryan's life.
In early May, Bryan was alone with the dog. He was on his way to the bathroom when he tripped and fell. Bryan couldn't get up. At first Sade did what any playful rottweiler would do, but Bryan begged Sade to get the phone. And he said she did.
"She shoved the receiver off the hook", said Bryan Pollock, Sade"s owner. "Went behind the couch, and brought the phone to me."
The only way to get Sade to the phone is to put food near it. But on Tuesday, by bringing her master the telephone, Sade saved Bryan's life. "She's my life saver", said Bryan. "I wouldn't give that dog up for a million dollars."
Now, whatever Sade wants, Sade gets. Bryan was able to call 911 and get a medic to the house.
Jere still has her husband, thanks to their rottweiler.
"I've never been touched that way," said Jere Pollock. "It's just a miracle."
Bryan Pollock says he has many health problems, but now he feels more comfortable staying home alone, as long as Sade is by his side.
LEWYT AWARD WINNER SAVES A YOUNG BOY'S LIFE (June 1999)
Minnie was a pitiful stray, a Rottweiler mutt who roamed the streets in Hayward, California. Her dark fur was matted with filth. She was so scrawny and malnourished that beneath her fur stuck out a picket fence of ribs. One Sunday morning in January 1996, Minnie walked up to David Bruce, an unemployed warehouse worker, and two-year-old David Junior. Father and son were on their way to church. Minnie, even more needy for security and reassurance than her new human acquaintances, stood there beside them as if she were asking to be petted. His son, eager to be with the dog, begged to be put down beside her. Assuming that she was friendly, Bruce picked up his little boy from the stroller and set him down on the sidewalk. Dad then bent down to tie his shoelace. Suddenly, the toddler ran out into the street--right in front of a speeding car which was heading right for him! Before David Senior could chase after his son, Minnie tore into the street. In a flash, she reached the boy and shoved him out of the way, just as the car screeched to a stop only inches from where he had been standing. Minnie saved the child's life. She risked her own life to help someone she had never seen before. She was a sterling example of the kindness that animals show toward others. Of course, everyone felt she deserved a loving home in return. Unfortunately, she did not get it--at least not at first. Bruce wanted very much to adopt Minnie, but he could not because of a no-pets clause in his rental agreement. So, Minnie was taken to the Hayward Animal Shelter, while her grateful friend went about trying to find her last owner. Shelter volunteers bathed the hero dog, fed her, and tried to make her plump and presentable enough to appeal to someone for adoption. But she was only a mutt, the kind who does not stand out as a beauty. Her real beauty lay in her heart, but families looking for a dog at the shelter could not see it when she peered up at them from her cage. They just passed her by. Because the shelter was being remodeled, it had less room than usual, and Minnie, though a real heroine, was only days away from being euthanized. Finally, David Bruce, frantic to help her, contacted the media and made a heartfelt plea for an animal lover to adopt her. Within hours, an avalanche of calls came to the shelter. One of the callers was Annie Urbonas. She came with her son Nicholas to see Minnie. "She was so loving," Urbonas recalls. "How could a dog who has suffered so much be that way? Because of her good heart.
And because of Urbonas' own good heart, the shelter staff chose her and Nicholas as Minnie's new family. She's happy now--loved and fed and beautifully cared for, as she deserves for rescuing a child. Minnie is proof that animals, just like people, can risk their lives for strangers. She embodies compassion and courage. Because of the heroism and self-sacrifice Minnie displayed, she is receiving a plaque from North Shore Animal League proclaiming her a Lewyt Award recipient while her proud and giving owner will receive a $500 check. Because Minnie was adopted from the Hayward Animal Shelter and the folks there worked so hard to find her a loving home, the shelter will receive the matching award and a certificate.