TANK THE HERO! German shepherd saves 6-year-old boy after he's attacked by neighbor's dog in viral video
The video shows Tank's guarding instinct in action as he pushes the boy out of harm's way before standing over the 6-year-old to protect him
FLORIDA: A 6-year-old Florida boy was saved by his pet German shepherd when a neighbor's dog broke loose and charged at the child on Tuesday November 8. The little boy was playing with his pet dog Tank on his front lawn at his South Florida residence when the horrible incident took place. Footage of the terrifying but heartwarming incident was posted by TikTok user @lovehenesy94 and soon went viral with 23.5 million views.
The father of the child said that when the neighbours dog broke loose and charged towards his son, their one-year-old German shepherd Tank noticed that the young child was in danger and acted quickly to save his best friend.
The video shows Tank's guarding instinct in action as he pushes the boy out of harm's way before standing over the 6-year-old to protect him from the other dog. The boy's father rushes on to the scene to break up the doggie scuffle as the little boy runs towards his mother in tears. In the end, the neighbor's dog runs back home after barking, growling, and charging at both of the dogs.
The boy's father said in the video what a "good boy" Tank is. "Tank had it under control," he said, adding that their second dog, a blue-nosed pitbull, had come dashing out of their garage to help too. "Our son was fine and the other dog was taken back home by his owner," the father said.
Tank's heroics have received widespread appreciation since the video went viral. "Get that German Shepherd a big dog bone, steak or anything, he wants he deserves a treat. Good boy!!!!," one person wrote. Another person added, "That's one awesome dog! Thank goodness the child wasn't hurt, terrifying moment for that mother! If you can't control your dog, keep them on leash people!"
MEAWW reported a similiar incident wherein a fire department dog from Texas won people's hearts by successfully unlocking a building's front door to let in his human colleague who got locked outside. The Twitter video showed Koda, a firefighter with the Georgetown, Texas, fire department, waiting for a staff member to enter. However, it soon became clear that the anonymous guy was having trouble opening the glass door since he had forgotten to bring his keys.
It was evident from the footage that the golden retriever waited patiently before the fireman gave him instructions through hand gestures to open the door. It was an easy win for Koda. The clip was posted by the fire department itself.