This Year’s Hero Dog Award Goes to… a Cat?

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Los Angeles gives out the “Hero Dog” award every year; however, this year the winner was not a dog at all, reported Barbara Campbell of NPR.

Little boy hugging cat

Some of us might remember Tara, a Tabby from Bakersfield, CA. She was caught on camera saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from danger. Young Jeremy was riding his bike in the driveway when the dog next door grabbed him by the leg.

Less than 2 seconds later, Tara came running into the scene. The fearless Tabby slammed herself into the dog and chased him away. Campbell reports, Jeremy needed 8 stitches in his leg, and as for Tara? “She is my hero,” said Jeremy.

Apparently others agreed and this year a cat took home the historically canine trophy along with the award, Tara also won a year’s supply of cat food.

While I’m glad Tara could be there for Jeremy, keep in mind that often times it is cats that are the target of outdoor attacks, and there is not always a hero to save them. Keeping your cat inside is the best way to protect her from many dangers.

Many dogs have a condition nicknamed “Frito Feet,” in which their feet smell little bit like corn chips. As Matt Soniak wrote in a Big Question on this site, this has to do with the kind of bacteria found on a pup’s feet, and “could be due to yeast or Proteus bacteria. Both are known for their sweet, corn tortilla–like smell. Or it could be Pseudomonas bacteria, which smell a little fruitier—but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.”

Cheers to you, Tara! Enjoy that cat food!

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If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.