Yes. You read it right! This is our first story to feature a feline, and the headline says, “cat hero attacks dog attacking boy”. Actually, it’s pretty amazing. So amazing, in fact, that Tara became an internet sensation.
This is all because footage from the home surveillance video captured the entire incident. And two days later it was seen by viewers across the globe. Most noteworthy is the fact that it became the first video in YouTube history to reach 20 million views in five days.
The story with a mostly happy ending started off like this. On May 13, 2014, in Bakersfield, CA, four-year old Jeremy Triantafilo was happily riding his bike in the driveway of his home. All of a sudden, a neighbor’s dog (a Labrador/Chow Chow mix) ran up from behind, bit him in the leg and started pulling him backwards.
Tara, the indoor/outdoor tabby cat that the family adopted six years earlier, heard the commotion and raced into action. The protective kitty ran towards the much larger canine at full speed and body slammed it. Jeremy’s mother immediately rushed outside to the rescue but was also bitten. That’s before valiant Tara chased the aggressive dog away. Unfortunately, little Jeremy needed 10 stitches to his left calf.
Some Unexpected Publicity
Nevertheless, in spite of his injury, the youngster was ready for a different kind of adventure. Fortunately for him, a couple of days later he felt well enough to join Tara and his parents on national television, on The Today Show.
Praise For Tara
This feisty feline, who is typically just as sweet as can be, has won several awards for her bravery. In addition, she became the first non-human to be named Grand Marshal for Bakersfield’s Christmas parade in 2014. Then later, on January 1st, 2018, Tara and her family rode in the Rose Parade on the Lucy Pet Foundation Paws for Life float honoring several other heroic animals. Such worthy praise for a cat that saved a boy being attacked by a dog!
The young adult dog involved was surrendered by its owners to the local Animal Care Center. However, after the mandatory 10-day quarantine period for rabies, it was not put up for adoption. And, sadly, due to its “vicious” behavior, it was euthanized.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
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A few years after this incident, renowned cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy met this heroic cat and her human family http://petpeevesunmasked.com/feline-hero-meets-jackson-galaxy