As long as there have been dogs, there have been hero dogs. Over the centuries, dogs have been sainted and memorialized in bronze for their heroic deeds. More recently, fictional dogs like Lassie and Rin Tin Tin have represented canine heroism on TV and in the movies. The American Humane Society has even created a Hero Dog Award.
So what is it about dogs that allows them to play the hero to humans in need? Our science team looked at five stories of daring dogs to try to make scientific sense of what makes man’s best friend a hero. Continue reading