Meet Tara. She lives in Los Angeles. Tara is a feline, but she’s not afraid to release her inner canine when it’s called for.
That was obvious after a recent report that Tara fought and chased off a vicious dog to defend her human pal, six-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo.
The dog had escaped from a neighbouring yard, and pounced on Jeremy while he played on his bike in the driveway. The ferocious attack came out of nowhere. Fortunately, so did protective Tara, as can be seen in the security camera footage Jeremy’s dad posted on YouTube. The cat threw herself into the melee, putting an abrupt stop to the attack, and pursued the dog as he fled, determined as she was to send him packing.
Poor Jeremy needed eight stitches for the dog bites on his leg. But his dad acknowledged that it could have been so much worse without Tara to the rescue.
In a progressive move, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles has publicly recognized Tara with its annual Hero Dog award – the first time the award has been bestowed on a cat.
It’s something shiny for the mantle. But I don’t think Tara really cares. She just wants to be accepted for who she is, inner canine and all.
In the Triantafilo family, that’s really not a problem right now. “She is my hero,” Jeremy said of his beloved pet.