Everyone loves epic tales of superheroes putting themselves in harm’s way to save the world from certain doom. The movie industry thrives on this to the tune of several hundred million dollars every summer. However, when these stories involve animal heroics, people are especially touched. Just look at movies like “Underdog”, “Bolt”, “Cats & Dogs” and “Puss In Boots”, which all lured a ton of people into the theater.
Back during TV’s heyday, there were two television series that stood out particularly - “Flipper” and “Lassie” . The former was a tale centered around a crusading dolphin and the latter a collie, who was arguably the smartest member of that family. People watched these programs and let their imagination run free, “wouldn’t it be keen to have a hero dog like Lassie for their very own?” Little did they know that their Little Friend laying lazily on a rag by the door could be hero too!
Obviously, your little friend isn’t the caped crusading variety, who can drive cars, crack wise and harbor super powers. No, your little friend has one driving force and that is unconditional love for its master. Dogs will do just about anything to please their master. Their undying loyalty is one of their noblest traits. Take this tale of heroic self sacrifice for instance:
Once upon a time in Mexico, a poor family was living in a wooden shack when one day a golden retriever wandered into their fold. Having taken a liking to him, the family took the golden retriever in as their own and named him, “Rosco”. Not long after settling into a new home, the golden retriever would be called into action. With father at work and the mother having to step away from the homestead to take care of some errands, Rosco was the only one to watch little four year old Ivan, who was sleeping soundly in bed.
Unbeknownst to Ivan, suddenly, a fire broke out. Because it was a shack, there were no smoke detectors to alert Ivan. There was; however, Rosco, who was chained up just outside of the shack. Sensing that the boy was in danger, Rosco barked feverishly to wake Ivan up and draw attention to the fire. Rosco’s efforts were not in vain as Ivan finally woke up to flee the burning shack. Unfortunately, Rosco did not fare so well. Because he had been chained to a cement block, Rosco was not able to escape the flames. He would suffer burns on 30% of his body before the firefighters were able to get to him.
“I came home when some neighbors came looking for me to tell me my house was on fire. When I got there and saw how the flames were, I was sure my son was burned to death inside. Just when I was preparing to run inside the fire to look for Ivan, I was told he was safe, he had come out running because the dog had woke him up with its insistent barking.”
-Elizabeth Alonso Hernández, child’s mother
After an investigation was conducted, it was determined that the fire was caused by an overheated small fan, which was on while Ivan was fast asleep. Rosco is, currently, being treated for 1st degree burns in the intensive care unit of the Luca Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue organization headed by Jorge Hoil. If it wasn’t for his selfless loyalty to his new owners, that could have been little Ivan in the ICU or even worse yet…
The Hernandez family will always be thankful to Rosco – a golden retriever truly deserving of the superhero title.