By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
A hero cat gained international acclaim and interest for saving a six year old boy from a vicious attack by a marauding dog. She was thus awarded The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ National Hero Dog prize.
Madeleine Bernstein, president of the local ASPCA chapter, stated: “We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog.”
The cat, Tara, who lives in Bakersfield, CA received the 33rd annual award—presented to her family in a ceremony in Los Angeles.
The near tragedy unfolded in May of 2014 when her owner’s six-year-old son, Jeremy Triantafilo, was happily riding his bicycle in front of his otherwise serene Bakersfield home. Unbeknownst to this innocent young child, the sinister gaze of a most craven dog peered down upon the boy. It was nothing short of nefarious intent and a cowardly disposition that capitalized upon this deceptive ploy, the cloak of Man’s Best Friend. Most dishonorable indeed!
The cad dog stalked our child, seized the boy viciously by the leg, and hurled him to the concrete below. It had been quite enough to attack a little boy, but to do so from behind like a common backstabber shows quite decidedly how wretchedly low this mutt had sunk.
Wails of panic and pain cried out from our poor, victimized child. We are sorry to reveal such a horrible image befalling an innocent but it was this hue and cry that summoned a lightning stoked vengeance from an almost unbelievable source, the family cat Tara.
Tara vanquished this cowardly enemy with such haste and speed one could only imagine the intensity of the resolve that raced from mind to claws, hell-bent on rescue and unleashing justice upon this mutt.
Almost in mid-air Tara scored a most palpable hit, driving him over and sending him fleeing in the disgrace he deserved. It is with an almost ironic twist that the vanquished was named “Scrappy”, for it is our hero cat that deserved such a title after dethroning this beast from its pedestal of ego. But the defeat was further cemented when after a quick glance to see that the boy was in the arms of a very worried but comforting mother that Tara gave chase once again, driving the marauding beast from the tranquility of the family home forever.
It is no coincidence that Providence saved this boy through the boldness of a small but formidable champion. Tara’s deeds can be described fittingly in the biblical lessons of David and Goliath–though it certainly could be argued that Goliath was comparatively the more Honorable beast.
The family with haste conveyed our victim to hospital where he required no less than eight stitches to mend the wounds of this dastardly attack. Nevertheless it is clear this rescue from a harrowing ordeal served to only endear Tara to her loving family for her selfless acts of bravery.
Though she never sought acclaim or fame from her actions, Tara gained celebrity through the modern marvel of the YouTube Home Nickelodeon. An astonishing 800,000 souls watched in profound amazement. A year later, the ASPCA took kind notice.
Breaking all convention, Tara achieved a most unprecedented prize, the National Hero Dog Award. Hers was a victory so complete that it not only defeated this low-life dog, it destroyed all contenders of the canine species worldwide in their bids for glory.
We invite you to witness Tara’s triumphant stand in the below YouTube Color Motion Picture.
Certain we are that Tara can stand proud as a fine example of the heroism espoused by our Great Republic.
By Darren Smith
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