They May Be Dogs, But They’re Heroes Just the Same!


When you think of the word hero, what comes to mind? A soldier? A firefighter? A police officer? How about a dog?

Not many people think about dogs being heroes, but in times of trouble many dogs prove just how heroic they can be! Dogs have saved the lives of their owners, warned against danger, and even risked their lives to rescue people and other animals!

Here is a video about one such heroic dog, who risked his life to protect his mother.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is a video that tells the story of another heroic dog named Buddy.

  • Here’s an article that tells the stories of 25 heroic dogs!

Topics for Discussion:

  • Do you own a dog or know someone who does? How does the dog interact with you or its owner?
  • Do you know any personal stories about dogs who have performed heroic acts?

Take Action:

  • Most of the dogs in the stories above took action in the face of emergencies. Make an action plan for you and your family to use in an emergency!
  • Check out the Volunteer Guide website’s “dog walker” page to learn about a way you can help dogs in your community!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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