Loyal Dog Prevents Suicide; Guardian Angel Pushes Gun From Owner’s Hands Moments Before Fatal Shot

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 7, 2013 8:49 AM EST

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A loyal German Shepherd, like the one pictured here, stopped its owner from committing suicide yesterday in France. (Photo: Imgur)

A loyal dog prevented a suicide yesterday by jumping into his owner's gun seconds before the would-be fatal shot was fired. The woman, an unidentified 63-year-old living in France, reportedly fired her husband's .22-caliber rifle outside near the loyal dog several times as if testing it. When she turned the gun around and pointed it at herself her guardian angel stepped in and the German Shepard lunged at her, knocking the rifle aside and causing a minor flesh wound. The loyal dog had just prevented a suicide, and the people who first responded to the scene acknowledged the heroic act.

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"At the moment she pulled the trigger, her dog jumped on her and diverted the shot," a local police officer told the Telegraph, adding that the dog "probably sensed things and knocked into her to save her."

The woman's husband found her shortly after the loyal dog prevented the suicide and notified police. She is being treated for the chest wound but doctors say it is not life threatening.

The story of the loyal dog preventing a suicide is only the latest in a string of stories about amazing dogs acting as guardian angles for their owners, and for strangers.

Last Friday, a 3-year-old girl in Poland was saved from freezing temperatures by a stray puppy after the girl got lost in a forest. Even though officials tried locating her by helicopter they were unable to locate her in the frozen Polish marshlands and her family feared the worst. When rescuers found her Saturday she was huddling with the pup, now named Czaure, and suffering from frostbite.

"This dog is the most important part of this story, he is a hero," said fireman Grzegorz Szymonowski, who was involved in the search effort for Julia. "It is thanks to this dog that the girl survived the night. We ran around 500 meters, and there was silence. We stood to listen further and we heard the dog and later the crying of a child. We went in the direction and saw the child lying in the shrubs, she was wet because there was water in the forest."

Julia and Czaure are now inseparable, according to the girl's grandmother.

"She was with this dog all the time. She didn't go anywhere without it," said Julia's grandmother. "When she was with me, when I was looking after her, she constantly said, 'Granny, the dog needs to come in the house.' And she told me to cut bread and she fed it all the time."

In addition to the puppy who saved Julia and the loyal dog that prevented a suicide there was another incident recently that showed the kindred spirit between dog and man. Last month, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's got lost and fell down in the snow in Piscataway, N.J., but a pit bull played the role of guardian angel and discovered her on a walk with its owner.

"She looked back at me and then barked, and there I saw a figure laying," Cara Jones, the owner of the pit bull, named Creature, told ABC News. "She was trying to get up and the sticks kept breaking on her, so she would fall back down."

Jones recalled not being able to figure out the reason why the dog kept trying to lead her into the brush, where the elderly woman, 89-year-old Carmen Mitchell, fell down. Mitchell had wandered into the woods around a mile from her caretaker.

Even after a full search, police with K-9 units couldn't find her until Creature arrived on the scene.

"I had a lot of people looking down on me for having a pit bull, and I'm glad that I have her," Jones said.

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