China, a stray dog in Argentina, was a mother of six pups. When she came across a newborn boy, abandoned by his 14-year-old mother, her mothering instincts kicked in. China brought the baby home and cared for it until a neighbor heard him crying, and found him.
6. RaeLee vs. a Seizure
At first, Yolanda Segovia of Port Tampa, Florida, was hesitant to take in the lost dog her neighbor had found. She didn't want her two sons to get attached to the animal, only to be disappointed if his owner came to claim him. But a few days later, he was becoming part of the family; Yolanda's younger son dubbed him RaeLee, pronounced "Riley."
And like any good family member, RaeLee protected his own. One night, he ran to Yolanda, barking wildly, and led her to the room where her older son, who suffers from Down syndrome, was having a seizure. Had it not been for the dog, he most likely would have died.
7. Kilo vs. Type 2 Diabetes
Dogs who warn their owners of fires and save them from obvious danger are pretty remarkable, but a Michigan Jack Russell terrier named Kilo took things to a whole other level. The life of his owner, Jerry Douthett, was in danger, but Jerry didn't know it- he had Type 2 Diabetes.
One of Jerry's big toes was infected and getting worse; diabetes weakens the body's ability to fight infections. He put off seeing a doctor, afraid of what the diagnosis might be. After one night on the town, Jerry passed out at home. That's when Kilo took action - by biting off the infected toe. Jerry went to the hospital, and was diagnosed with diabetes.
What's shocking is that Jerry seriously considered having Kilo euthanized, until he figured out what would have happened had the dog not been alerted by the unhealthy smell of his toe. "If it hadn't been for that dog, I could have ended up dead," he told the Grand Rapids Press.
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