The Hero Test

The Hero Test
August 18, 2012 by Connie Wilson

What, exactly, makes a dog a hero? According to our summer issue:

 He-ro [heer-oh]

Noun, plural -roes; for 4 also -ros.

 

  1. One of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. May or may not belong to the species Canis.
  2. One who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: he was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. Frequently in possession of four legs and a tail.
  3. The principal canine character in a story, play, film, etc. See Lassie
  4. Hero sandwich

 

So what about my Penny? While she is definitely a member of the species Canis and looks a little like a sub sandwich, does she behold any of the other qualities of a ‘true' hero? Henceforth, the hero test:

  • Makes me laugh. Check.
  • Laughs at all my jokes. Check.
  • Gets me outside for a daily double dose of exercise. Check.
  • Takes my side during arguments. Check.
  • Lowers my blood pressure via ridiculous antics and sweet ‘who me?' looks. Check.
  • Has provided new inspiration for existing and future endeavours. Double Check.

As you can see, she passed. With flying colours. Which leads me to believe that the ‘true' definition of a hero lies in your own interpretation.  And there was no shortage of hero's in this year's line-up of nominees for American Humane Association's 2nd annual Hero Dog Awards. From hundreds of nominated dogs in eight categories, 8 finalists have been selected. Show your support for these wonderful dogs and vote for your favorite at herodogawards.org.

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