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Hero Pets

Hero Pets

Three-year-old Alida Knobloch and her 60-pound golden doodle, Mr. Gibbs, are almost inseparable. They are connected by a special bond of love and, because of Alida’s rare lung disease, by a two-foot tube that delivers oxygen from tanks on the dog’s back to Alida’s nose.

Amy, a mother, her son and their old Maine Coon mix cat “Pudding” went to bed around 9:30 p.m. Ninety minutes later, Amy, a type 1 diabetic, not realizing her blood sugar had been plummeting, began to convulse. As tremors shook her body, she felt something heavy and warm on her chest. It was Pudding. The cat mewed loudly, swatting Amy’s face with soft paws and biting her nose. Pudding’s prodding alerted Amy to the extent of the danger she was in.

Renata Di Pietro was studying to be an opera singer. But at 23, her vision began to fail. One day she decided to depend on a pony to guide her! Di Pietro, 59, has taught her guide horse to stomp her hoof when she comes to stairs and curbs and to respond to directional commands. “Angel can find a chair and locate the nearest door for me,” Di Pietro says.
Mr.Gibbs the dog
Mr.Gibbs the dog

 

Rescuer cat "Pudding"
Guiding horse "Angel"

Guiding horse “Angel”

Some small furry buddies can make a big difference ;)

 

 

 

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