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Top Posts of 2013, #7: Hero Dog Alerts Family to Child Abuse


Written by: Phil Monahan

Young Finn Jordan was saved from further abuse thanks to the family dog.
Photo via wtvm.com

During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. We’ll repost two per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Dogs readers last year. Here’s #7, about a beloved family dog who went above and beyond to protect a young boy from. . .

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Video: Rescue Dog Becomes the First to Climb Mount Everest


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rupee went from homeless dump dog to intrepid mountaineer in just a few months.
Photo via abc.com

Back in January, we posted about Joanne Lefson and her dog Oscar, who became the first pooch to travel around the world. Sadly, Oscar passed away earlier this year. But just a few months later, Lefson met Rupee—a starved, homeless stray—in a garbage dump in. . .

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Hero Dog Saves Owners From Rattlesnake


Written by: Grant White

Shakira strikes a gallant pose after saving her owners from a rattlesnake.
Photo by John Forysth

John Forysth and his wife Diane Castañaon received a Father’s Day gift from an unexpected source last Sunday. While hiking Mt. Tamalpais in Marin, California, the couple’s 13-month old Anatolian Shepherd, Shakira, stopped suddenly in the trail. On high-alert, Shakira quickly reversed her footing, forcing her owners to come to a perplexing stop. Unbeknownst to John and Diane, a rattlesnake lay in wait just inches from. . .

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Video: Service Dog Helps Mom Change Diapers


Written by: Phil Monahan

For a disabled woman, a newborn baby presents a variety of problems. Cheryl Alexander suffers from a nerve disease that makes bending or moving very painful. If you’ve ever changed an infant’s diaper, you know that it’s all about bending and moving. That’s where Alexander’s service dog, a Golden Retriever named Orca,. . .

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Hero Dog Leads Owner to Fallen Hiker


Written by: Phil Monahan

Walking up a popular mountain in Riverside, California, on Monday, Ramon Llamas noticed that his dog, Mole, seemed agitated and was trying to get Llamas to follow him. Mole led the man to a space between two rocks, where he discovered a trapped hiker who may have been there for days. Remarkably, hundreds of people must have walked by the spot without noticing the fallen man. He was severely dehydrated and confused, but otherwise uninjured. But who knows how. . .

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