Hero dogs inducted into Canadian ‘Animal Hall of Fame’

Purina PetCare has named two honourees in celebration of the human-animal bond

Coda (left) and Billee have been inducted into the Purina PetCare Animal Hall of Fame.
Photos courtesy Purina

“Man’s best friend,” indeed!

In honour of their heroism, intuition, and dedication to their owners, two life-saving canines have been inducted into Purina PetCare’s 55th annual Animal Hall of Fame.

They are:

  • Coda, an adopted border collie-mix from Hamilton, Ont., who woke up and alerted his human dad, Chuck, when his human mom, Heather, was in distress and non-responsive after coming home following a lengthy hospital stay. After being rushed to the emergency room and stabilized, Heather learned that, had she not been brought to the hospital when she was, she likely would not have recovered from the medical episode.
  • Billee, a four-year-old sheltie from Steinbach, Man., who acted as a ‘four-legged alarm bell’ when she awoke her owners, Jim and Marlene, after a fire broke out at their heritage house. The family lost their home but survived the fire.

Launched in 1968, the Purina Animal Hall of Fame is the longest running Canadian pet-recognition program in Canada. To date and including this year’s honourees, there have been 189 animals (163 dogs, 27 cats, and one horse) inducted into the program.

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