Humorist Josh Billings once said, "a dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself." Never is that sentiment more obvious than during a life or death emergency. Time after time, dogs display loyalty, bravery, and intelligence in the face of imminent danger to protect their family members.
The relationship between dogs and humans goes back millennia. After centuries upon centuries of selective breeding, dogs are now the most abundant terrestrial carnivores on the planet and come in all manners of shapes, sizes, and colors. Hollywood is chock full of movies about our best friend; hundreds of movies and TV shows feature them, from 2017's "A Dog's Purpose," starring Josh Gad, to Wes Anderson's stop-motion masterwork "Isle of Dogs." Both stories, along with countless others, detail the bond between a dog and their human companion, a bond that transcends distance and time. These bonds aren't exaggerated by the movies. As you'll learn, the relationship between you and your dog can save your life.
Whether they're elderly, blind, scared or hurt, dogs have repeatedly taken split-second action to rescue people—most times, the very person who rescued them. From car accidents and house fires to near-drownings and overseas combat, countless humans owe their lives to the bravery and determination of their dogs, a neighbor's dog or even a four-legged stranger. Stacker compiled 10 heartwarming examples of why dogs truly are humanity's best friend. The photos of dogs adjoining the following stories are not always the actual dogs being discussed but represent similar breeds.
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