Hero Cats Save a Dog and a Soldier
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When most people think about the stories they’ve read involving a pet saving someone from danger -- they think about dogs. While it is true there are numerous stories about dog heroes, does this mean that dogs have a monopoly on being heroes? Of course it doesn’t. Stories about cat heroes are out there, you just have to look for them.
I came across this headline from ABC News in Toledo, Ohio: “Local Cat Saves Dog.” Yep, you heard it right. This hero isn’t a dog it’s a cat! This past April, ABC News in Toledo reported the story of how Sammy the cat saved dog-friend Izzy.
When Izzy, a small terrier mix, wandered outside her yard, she was attacked by a much bigger dog. The large dog had Izzy in its mouth when Sammy the cat arrived. Sammy puffed up and caught the attention of the aggressive larger dog. Luckily for Izzy, the large dog dropped her and decided to pursue Sammy instead. This allowed the family to grab Izzy who suffered multiple life threatening injuries. Izzy was taken to the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Clinic where Dr. Kittsen McCumber treated Izzy’s punctured abdomen, traumatic hernia, and severe muscle trauma. Of course, our cat hero Sammy got away by using feline super powers and climbing up a tree. If Sammy hadn’t arrived in time to rescue Izzy, she probably wouldn’t have made it. Sammy truly is a hero cat. Click here to watch the video report.
I’ve also read about soldiers rescuing dogs or cats from war zones but here’s a story about a hero cat that rescues a soldier: According The Oregonian newspaper, Staff Sergeant Jesse Knott’s life was saved by the cat he had rescued.
While stationed in Hutal, Afghanistan in July of 2010, Staff Sgt. Knott came across a little kitten that kept coming to his camp with signs of neglect and possible abuse. Like many brave soldiers who come across injured or starving animals in war zones, Staff Sgt. Knott decided to rescue this kitten, who he named Koshka, which is Russian for cat. For the next several months, he fed and kept Koshka safe on base even though it was against regulations. In December of 2010, Koshka would return the favor and save Knott. After a suicide bombing killed two friends from his platoon and after dealing with a failing marriage at home, Knott fell into despair. Since he was supposed to be with the patrol that was hit by the suicide bomber, he struggled with survivor’s guilt. Overcome with anguish, Knott thought of ending his life; fortunately, Koshka wouldn’t let him do it. According to Oregonlive.com she jumped on his lap, pawed at his forehead and head butted Knott producing a low vibrating sound he had never heard before. Knott told reporters that it was Koshka’s actions that saved him that day and he realized he had to get Koshka out of Afghanistan. Thanks to Knott, an organization called the Afghan Stray Animal League, and a brave interpreter who risked his life transporting the cat to Kabul -- Koshka is now living with Knott's parents in Oregon.
So there you have it. Just like dogs, cats can be heroes too. Next time you’re with your cat, give him/her an extra kiss. One day your cat might just save your life too.
7 Seizure Sensor
Cats are not always the most gentle of doctors. If a patient is about to suffer a seizure it is not usual medical practice for a doctor to bite them. Biting, however, is exactly what Blake does to his owner.
Glen Schallman has a range of illnesses that can bring on dangerous seizures at any time. While he might be able to detect the signs of an oncoming episode during his sleep a seizure could prove fatal. When he adopted Blake however he found that the young cat was giving him advance warning of an attack – by biting his toes.
Glen is now the oldest person ever recorded with his combination of illnesses and this can in part be put down to the tender ministrations of his feline protector. Blake was not trained to act as a guardian over his sleeping owner but has proved to be a trustworthy nurse. 
LI's Paws Of War Aims To Help Soldier Save Her Rescued Puppy
NESCONSET, NY — United States Army Sergeant Char, who is stationed overseas, met a female puppy she named PupPup. Sgt. Char wants to bring PupPup home with her, though it's an expensive process. Nesconset-based Paws of War, a nonprofit, volunteered to help, but it needs donations from the public.
One person trying to pay for the expenses to bring a soldier's rescued dog back to the U.S. from overseas is a costly endeavor, Paws of War said in a news release. When 1,000 people come together and each chip in $5, it’s a game-changer. Getting the needed funds would not only change the life of the soldier but make sure the dog will live a safe and healthy life, the organization said.
“We absolutely want to help bring PupPup back to America," Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War, said via the release. "These overseas rescues are extremely challenging and have a high cost. If we don’t step in to save these dogs and cats, the soldier is forced to leave behind an animal they rescued from a bad situation. An animal they deeply love left behind can become subject to abuse, neglect and, unfortunately, death. It sounds harsh but that is the truth on the ground for our hero soldiers."
Sgt. Char fell in love with PupPup, whose mother was a stray dog who hung around the base and ended up giving birth to a litter of puppies while trying to hide them from danger. The dog was moved to a safer place, giving her the ability to care for her babies. The soldiers had to hide the dog and her puppies from potentially deadly threats on several occasions.
While all the other puppies were quick to warm up to the soldiers, one stayed hidden. She was too shy and afraid to come out. Sgt. Char was immediately drawn to the shy puppy, she focused her love and attention on her by trying to help her get comfortable and ensure she was being fed. The sergeant gained the trust of the dog, who she named PupPup. The two formed a loving bond.
Now that Sgt. Char is scheduled to head back to the U.S., she can’t bear the thought of having to leave her dog behind she knows PupPup won’t survive, according to Paws of War. Sgt. Char is still the only person PupPup will go to.
"I’m desperately asking Paws of War to help me bring my beautiful helpless PupPup back to America with me because I can’t stand the thought of leaving her behind," Sgt. Char said via the release. "This spot can be very harsh to dogs and I fear she will die if she is left behind. Plus, we have formed such a strong bond that means everything to me. I can’t turn my back on her and would be forever grateful for the help to get her home."
Paws of War is asking for donations to help cover the costs of bringing PupPup home. It is urgently accepting donations so they can save this dog and help this soldier.
If you would like to make a donation to help Sgt. Char rescue PupPup, you can do so here.
Paws of War says it has helped numerous soldiers to bring their rescued animals back to the U.S. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the mission is more challenging to pull off. The pandemic has added additional quarantines, medical treatments and challenges transporting animals from remote locations, according to the nonprofit. There are a severely limited number of flights coming into the U.S., especially those allowing dogs. Plus, flights from overseas are costly, and there is a lot of red tape that needs to be addressed.
Paws of War helps soldiers bring their rescued dogs and cats back to America after serving their country overseas through its War Torn Pups and Cats program.
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Sergeant Etter rescued two kittens that she found at her base and named them Mau and Phantom
An American soldier is hoping to be reunited with her beloved cats after having to leave them behind when returning from her deployment.
Sergeant Etter will soon have to say goodbye to two kittens who she formed a special bond with while stationed in the Middle East. Now, with the help of Paws of War — a non-profit organization that provides assistance to military members and their pets — she might be able to send her furry friends back to America with her.
According to a press release, cats at the base where Sergeant Etter are stationed are encouraged to roam around to keep down the rodent population. When one of the cats had kittens, Sergeant Etter found two of the tiny animals when they were around eight weeks old, both hungry and neglected.
She decided to take care of them and quickly formed a close relationship with the kittens — who she named Phantom and Mau — and they quickly became a part of her daily routine.
"Since we are far from home and have been there for each other constantly over the last several months, Phantom and Mau have really touched our hearts," Sergeant Etter said. "They made us feel more like our best versions of ourselves whenever we would see them at the end of the day."
As Sergeant Etter's base is closing, she will be returning to America and hopes that Paws of War can help raise enough money to send the kittens home with her.
"I’m beyond happy that Paws of War is willing to help us save these two precious animals," she said.
According to the organization, transporting the cats home to America is a costly feat.
The effort involves finding individuals on the ground to help transport the animals, ensuring they felines their medical records and paperwork, and paying for the large expense of flying two pet internationally.
"Anyone who has been to this area of the world knows of the harsh and cruel conditions that these cats could endure if they are left behind," explained Robert Misseri, co-founder of Paws of War.
"We will do everything we can to bring the cats home for Sergeant Etter," he added. "We know we have the logistics to do it, but we need the public to help with the expense of making it happen.”
Along with helping soldiers bring animals back to the U.S., Paws of War is also dedicated to rescuing and training dogs and then pairing them with veterans who need therapy animals. Last year, the non-profit similarly helped U.S. Soldier Timothy Boyd bring back his rescued pup, Misha, from Afghanistan.
To help bring Phantom and Mau to America, you can donate at this link.