The Dog Hero: A True Animal Story

Kathie Vaughan was driving the used truck she had purchased that morning when it suddenly began to fishtail. She finally managed to bring the vehicle to a stop with a loud screech. But her troubles had just begun. The cabin interior was filling fast with noxious fumes and black smoke. Most people could have simply jumped out of the vehicle, but Kathie is a paraplegic–paralyzed from the waist down by multiple sclerosis. Her truck was on fire and she knew she could be blown up at any moment. Kathie shoved her Rottweiler Eve out the door, along with her wheelchair. But due to the thick black smoke, she could not find the wheels to the chair.

A throbbing panic overwhelmed her. She had to get out immediately, before the truck exploded. That’s when Eve, her dog, proved herself to be a true hero. Read the rest of the story here:

In danger of blacking out, Kathie suddenly felt Eve, refusing to desert her, grab her leg with her jaws. Eve firmly grasped Kathie by the ankle and dragged her ten feet to relative safety. Then the truck burst into flames. Ignoring the terrifying fire, Eve dragged Kathie to a nearby ditch.

A police car arrived on the scene. “You’ve got to get further away!” the policeman shouted to Kathie. The truck was on fire, the flames were approaching the gas tank; there was danger of a terrific explosion.

Kathie struggled to pull herself away from the truck and toward the police car. Her head and body ached with pain and she found she could hardly move. Eve bent close to her human friend, offering Kathie her collar. Then Kathie held tight as the determined dog dragged her forty feet to safety.

The firemen eventually extinguished the blaze. And Eve was awarded the prestigious Stillman Award for bravery.

Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Stephanie Laland. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Animal Angels, by Stephanie Laland (Conari Press, 1998).


Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

unconditional love

Ajla C.
Past Member 6 years ago

prelijepa prica.

Suzana Megles
Suzana Megles6 years ago

Love and kisses to Eve. While my first dog Peaches didn't save me from horrific danger as did Eve for her paraplegic charge, she opened up a whole new world for me and a great love for the animal kingdom. Because of her, I became first vegetarian and then vegan. I also joined many animal right groups. My life would never be as rich and fulfilled but because of this special and beautiful Sheltie mix!

Darla Taylor
Past Member 6 years ago

What a beautiful story ~ it also made me cry. I love Rottweilers and if I'm ever in a house plan to own one. Eve sounds like a wonderful dog and I'm glad that she got that award.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley6 years ago

A beautiful story of love and loyalty! I hope Kathie remembers this, every day of her life and treats Eve as the Angel she most definitely is!

Estelle O.
Estelle Oelofsen6 years ago

A trained Rotweiler is one of the most wonderful dogs you can have. My daughter had one, still has others, and "grandma" had to doggie-sit many times. So, Tshaka, got to know me very well. He was a champion working dog. The most loving, loveable creature you can think of. Once, while I was taking care of the dogs over a holiday, I noticed puss coming out of an old scar where a tick bit him. My daughter had treated him, but due to his thick fur it made a scab although it was not healed. I took a nail scissors and started to cut away the scab while Tshaka stood dead still without ever growling or flinching. I disinfected it and it healed beautifully.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies6 years ago


Heather L.
Heather L6 years ago

A story that shows the true Rottie breed, that a well trained, well loved dog will repay that love and trust.

Michele Wilkinson

Amazing story. What a wonderful dog.

Claire Jordan
Claire Jordan6 years ago

What a brave, sensible dog. I know they have a sinister reputation, but every Rottie I've ever personally met has been either jolly or nervy - I've never met a nasty one.

The best story I've ever heard like this was about a mother and daughter who were out riding. The daughter was riding an elderly Irish Draught gelding whom she hadn't had for very long. The horse stumbled on wet mud at the edge of a canal and the girl fell into the water, hitting her head on the concrete edge as she went in.

The girl ended up face down in the water, unconscious. In front of the girl's mother and a lock-keeper her horse jumped in after her, ducked his entire head under the surface and used the back of his neck to lever her out and back onto the bank, before scrambling out himself.