Vetstreet's Top 5 Hero Animals of 2012

Each year there are those stories that stick with you about the amazing pets who saved the lives of people — or of fellow animals.

Below, we’ve rounded up five of our favorites from 2012. Which other hero animals do you remember from this year? Share your favorites with us in the comment section.

Rescue Dog Saves Baby’s Life

A Connecticut family credits Duke, a dog they rescued six years ago, with returning the favor by saving the life of their infant daughter. One night in October, Duke jumped on his owners' bed, shaking so uncontrollably that he woke Jenna Brousseau and her husband. Duke’s unusual behavior prompted Brousseau’s husband to check on Harper, their 9-week-old baby — and he discovered that she wasn’t breathing. “My husband called 911, and the ambulance came here, and it was because of our Dukie dog, who alerted us,” Brousseau told ABC News. "If Duke hadn't been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep." Thankfully, paramedics were able to revive Harper and save her from what could have been a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Cat Alerts Couple to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Back in September, Tiger the tabby cat tipped off his grateful owners to the high levels of dangerous carbon monoxide in their home. The cat cried at the side of his owners’ bed until the Ohio couple, who had turned in early because they didn’t feel well, awoke. Michelle Ramsey recalled to the local TV station that Tiger came into the bedroom, "screaming in a cat voice.” By then, the Ramseys’ other felines were stumbling around the house. Ramsey called the veterinarian, who asked if she had recently turned on her furnace — and the cat’s owner realized that her home was filled with carbon monoxide. Tiger’s owners told Central Ohio’s 10 TV that the hero kitty “gets lots of love — a little bit more now.”  

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