A Rottweiler, Reona, saved a little 5-year old girl, Vivian Cooper, during an earthquake. Vivian has epilepsy, and over-excitement could bring on a life threatening seizure.
During the earthquake, Reona left her house, and jumped over three fences to come to the aid of Vivian. Reona entered Vivian’s house, and pushed the little girl up against the kitchen cabinets and held her there. Vivian held onto Reona, with her head buried into the big dog’s fur. Just moments after Reona pushed Vivian out of the way, a large microwave was shaken off the top of a refrigerator, falling in the exact spot that Vivian had just been.
For her heroism Reona was the Ken-L Ration Dog Hero of the Year in 1989.