Peppa to the rescue - Nine year old Alex Szemes' oxygen tank ran low and Peppa the foxie dog saved the day by running to alert mum, Peta Hanney.
Peppa to the rescue - Nine year old Alex Szemes' oxygen tank ran low and Peppa the foxie dog saved the day by running to alert mum, Peta Hanney. Valerie Horton

Peppa joins exclusive dog life-saving club

THERE is a reason dogs are known as man's best friend.

There are thousands of instances in which brave canines came to the aid of their owners, often proving to be the difference between life and death.

Peppa the fox terrier leapt into action when she heard an alarm go off in her owner's home. 

Brutis, a 7-year-old golden retriever in Florida snatched up a coral coal snake as it slithered dangerously close to a child, in 2004.

Brutis suffered a near-fatal bite in the process, but fortunately he survived.

Then there's Shana, half wolf, half German shepherd who saved an elderly couple from a dangerous snow storm.

The couple had rescued the dog seven years before, never dreaming the dog would one day save their lives.

Has your dog saved your life or got you out of a sticky situation? Join the conversation below and tell us your story.

The couple were outside their property in upstate New York when the storm hit, bringing massive trees down around them and blocking their path back to shelter.

The couple, now totally trapped, huddled together for warmth.

Shana found her owners and started digging underneath the fallen trees, helping her owners escape their predicament.

In 2007, Moti took a bullet for his family.

The five-year-old German shepherd leapt into action when an intruder broke into his family's New Jersey home.

The intruder shot the dog in the head but the dog survived and made a full recovery.

Honey, a five-month-old cocker spaniel, saved her owner from almost certain death in 2006.

When her owner crashed his car on a Californian road, he was left trapped in the car.

He knew Honey was his only hope and managed to release her, hoping she would find someone.

Sure enough she got the attention of a man about half a mile away and brought him back to the scene of the accident.

Rescuers said if not for Honey's actions, her owner almost certainly would have died.



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