Humans tend to be species chauvinists when it comes to recognizing animal sentience, until this happens that a family pet rescues someone.
Which is not unusual for companion animals; "People don't give their animals enough credit for being smart."
When it is unusual is when it occurs with wild animals. But again it goes to prove that domestication is less important than interspecies solidarity; mutual aid which is the basis of natural society.
Pet's the cat's meow after hall of fame induction
A year-old cat was hailed as a hero yesterday and inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame for waking a Morinville boy before he slipped into diabetic shock.
"I think that's awesome," said Morinville Coun. Pat Krauskopf. "It's not very often you hear about animals coming through like that."
March 27, 2006, Alex Rose was asleep in his Morinville home, 47 km north of Edmonton, when Mel-O, climbed a five-foot ladder and repeatedly pounced on the boy.
Mel-O was the only cat awarded yesterday with a medal of bravery, while three dogs received the honour.Hero dog showered with love
Jango the golden retriever has been hailed a hero dog.
The Trail dog roused his master from a deep sleep by barking to alert him that his house was on fire.
Owner Darrell Unger woke to Jango's persistent barking to find his house filling with smoke.
Five-year-old Koby Unger of Trail looks on as his family's dog, Jango, basks in the attention after his induction yesterday into the Purina Hall of Fame in Toronto.
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