“Leo the Lion-hearted” saves…

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Leo the Lion-Hearted

Leo Saves four kittens

On 27 October 2008, an Australian family of 7 were seen to be running away from a burning house with a dog… while their other dog refused to leave.

The dog was a Jack Russell Cross named “Leo” who remained in the burning Melbourne house. The family didn’t have a fire alarm installed, but was warned by a stranger who saw that the front of their house was engulfed in flames.

When the fire brigade arrived, a fireman rushed into the house thinking that there was still a person missing. The children were also screaming for their pets to be saved. The fireman dodged fallen power lines to enter a house filled with thick black smoke. When he entered the house, he saw Leo the Jack Russell guarding a box of 4 kittens!!

The mother of the litter of kittens was no where to be found… however, Leo laid unconscious and not breathing next to the them. Luckily, they were all removed from the house, although suffering from smoke inhalation. The firemen attempted to revive Leo with an oxygen mask and heart massages… and they successfully managed to!

Leo made no distinctions between who should or should not be saved. He knew that the kittens were helpless and he remained loyally next to them… even if it meant losing his life. Without him, the fireman’s attention would never have been drawn towards the 4 kittens who were in a closed box.

Do watch the video of the Jack Russell cross who is a civic hero. The firemen have given him a newly earned nickname “Smoky” hehe.

Tsem Rinpoche

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20 Responses to “Leo the Lion-hearted” saves…

  1. ST on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

    As can be seen from this and many other true life episodes, Dogs are so true to their character as described in your chinese horoscope blog:
    The Dog is the most likeable of the signs being very amiable and extremely accommodating to others’ needs. He finds it easy and natural to be giving and helpful – altruism is an inherent part of who he is and all that he does.

    Driven only by goodness, the righteous Dog will put his all into righting wrongs and helping to relieve the suffering of others. He himself has little personal ambition – he doesn’t have any particular desire to jostle for power, status nor wealth, which makes it all the easier for him to sacrifice any and everything he has for the sake of someone else’s happiness. They are at their best playing supportive roles. He is truly man’s best friend and is in his strongest element when he is able to help someone.

    The Dog is also very grounded and realistic, with his two feet firmly on the ground. He is reliable, trustworthy and committed and you can be sure of his loyalty and friendship until the very end.

  2. Uncle Eddie on Aug 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    There are many true stories of how dogs rescue human lives which always capture our feelings, love and affection. It seems most people naturally love to hear stories about dogs, a man’s best friend, who saved people from perilous circumstances. Even in times of war, particularly the Vietnam war, many dogs came up as heroes saving lives, but end up as losers, even losing their lives for nothing. The vietnam war was a war none will forget; it brought sorrow and losses to countless of people, even the animals, such as the dogs! Many sent to vietnam were killed in action, some missing till this day. Those soldiers who were lucky enough to return home were honoured for their efforts, heroism and courage, but for the dogs, it seems that many were left behind, became unknown, finally disappear into thin air. At the time of war, the dogs’story was prevalent, but today it has become unknown and un-important, perhaps just remaining a myth or a faint memory of courage, patriotism and courage without metioning “betrayal”!

  3. Vaiwa veg on Aug 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    so amazing… i have heard many stories about life saving animals, not only dogs, but also cats, pigs (like Lulu…), even birds… Yesterday also one cat was brought to the clinic, because of depression. His loved owner is very old and got to hospital, so the cat is very sad, refuses to eat and leave his home, go to the bus station and sleep there on a bench….waiting for his owner to come back…:((

  4. Nicholas on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Wow….it touches me even though this is not the first time i have heard of how animals save lives.

    every time when i come across this kind of news, it just remind me that even animals understand the selflessness, help others, sharing, etc….

    No reason for me not to do so.

  5. tsemtulku on Sep 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I have always liked dogs naturally since I was very young. Dogs and all animals should never be hurt, abused or mistreated. They don’t have as much as we do and hence all the more reason we should never abuse our abilities and hurt them or anyone. TR

  6. Ash Ng on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Very brave of Leo to brace itself to save the 4 kittens from the fire. Very compassionate and very selfless and a true living example of a selfless being. Rinpoche, thank you for sharing this remarkable story

  7. Roy Martinez on Sep 2, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Maybe Leo knew these kittens in a past life… it just goes to show you that animals are sentient beings

  8. Lim Han Nee on Sep 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    The nicest thing about Leo is that he didn’t practice ‘discrimination’ when it came to rescuing beings in danger. His courage is amazing! The happy part is that he didn’t succumb to the smoke.

    Though stories about the kindness of animals revolve predominantly around dogs, there are stories of other animals who have shown kindness and humanity too. I have read, in an issue of Readers Digest, how a rescued cat was turned (by his vet rescuer and owner) into a ‘therapy’ cat for old and lonely folk in a hospital!

  9. henry ooi on Sep 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Leo has demonstrated to us what bravery and compassion are through his action. I guess we have a lot to learn from animals instead of just looking at them as just pets, pests, transportation, food, apparels, sports, to be used in labs, etc.

  10. melinda on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    thank you for posting the video. i have no words to describe how touched i was after watching this video. out of 90% of cruelty the world has created.. there’s still a touch of compassion and love surrounding us “without condition”. its a shame at times.. and sad but true.. an animal shows more compassionate act rather than us humans.. (some of us) ^_^ i definitely fall in the category of leo’s act :D but this could really show the world that we need to take leo as a great example for us all to make the world a better place.

  11. Mercedes on Sep 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

    He is my little Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeero!!

  12. lynn on Sep 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    .they were so surprised. Yeah, they didn’t have any money

  13. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    While we tend to think that animals have no brains, they actually do. It is just that they cannot speak.

    While humans ran away from fire, Leo stayed in the smoky house until he was unconscious with the sole intention to want to save animals of another breed.

    It seems that human needs to learn qualities that we are gradually losing,…..from animals.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Aug 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Wonderful selfless behaviour by animals. And this dog obviously was not trained to save kittens it probably acted out of instincts. So inspiring to hear even animals would risk their lives for others.

  14. beatrix ooi on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    This is an amazing post to read. Leo is such a brave dog. He even willing to sacrifice his own life to protect the kittens even though it’s not his own pups. He has proved to us that animals do care for each other. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  15. edward ooi on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Leo in a compassionate and caring dog.Leo risk its own life to save the four new born kittens. But luckily he was revived by the pure oxygen from the oxygen tank. The kittens mother left the kittens but Leo decided to save the kittens life by using its own life. This is a very touching news.

  16. Julien Roth on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This shows how loyal dogs are, and not just towards people but other animals as well. Like when Leo risked his life in a burning house to protect 4 new born kittens. This is amazing, i never taught that a dog would risk their life for kittens. I dont think any other animal in the world could do the same as what Leo has done in this story.

  17. Lucas Roth on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Nice job Leo! this do is truly kind and protecting… i love him! i am so glad he survived. : D. he is so giving that he would give his life to protect others.

  18. Jutika Lam on May 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    OMB!!!! What a touching story!

    First of all I am just so glad that the family was not really hurt…

    But what I am really glad of is that thanks to Leo 4 newborn and cute kittens were saved.

    It’s amazing how smart dogs are these day to do so many life saving actions that when upon people hearing that a dog had saved 4 kittens many of us won’t believe/expect a dog to do so.

    looks like Leo is not just lion hearted but also a animal Hero!!!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

    Love
    Jutika

  19. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    This is such a heartwarming article! Leo was really a hero, he was willing to sacrifice his own life to guard the four kittens whom had nothing to do with him. This shows that animals DO have feeling towards each other, no matter what they breed. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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After London A/ls- Study in Australia or NZ
10 hours ago
A Sample project ( Testing Project ) inspired by Pastor JJ - http://www.mixcloud.com/kksioweric/testing-128-sound/ ~ Erick @ Kechara ~
12 hours ago
Tara Sadhana for Kelvin Tan at Kechara Forest Retreat By Pastor JJ - https://soundcloud.com/jay-jae-chong/tara-sadhana-for-kelvin-tan-at ~ Erick @ Kechara ~
12 hours ago
Devoted members~Poling Leu, Casteven Lim and Steven Chew come earlier to help set up and do water offering before session 6 of Setrap Retreat at Kechara (JB) . From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
~Response by tsemtulku~ I am not sure about your questions.But… 1. Karma definitely exists. Since karma exists, the accummulation of karma exists as well as the elimination. If you do not wish to experience the negative results of karma, you must eliminate them. To eliminate them, there are powerful methods. 2. Studying the dharma helps you to know what you are going to experience and how to recognize what you might experience. There are non-scholars that experience directly as well as scholars who remain dry their whole lives just intellectualizing and speaking of what they don’t practice. There are non-scholars who delude themselves into thinking they are experiencing and scholars who learn, contemplate then put into practice and hence experience. Cannot generalize. 3.You do not need the pantheon of deities. Each deity is a representative of all enlightened beings. Take one, practice it well and go all the way.Good luck. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/26 From: June Tang
13 hours ago
~Question asked by irene~ dear rinpoche how do prayers remove obstacles and the ripening effects of negative karma or create merits and the cause for ripening of positive karma ? how does one bridge the rigorous intellectual discipline of studying understanding or directly experiencing the teachings of the buddha and the practice of devotions to a pantheon of deities ? From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
Chinese Setrap Puja on 23/7/2014
16 hours ago
Medicine Buddha puja set up done by Tat Ming and volunteer Mr. Choo
16 hours ago
Pastor Adeline sharing Dharma during Wednesday Setrap Puja
16 hours ago
心造世界,由你做起_Hee TS
18 hours ago
Appreciating what we have and to not find excuses to fail is so important.~Tsem Rinpoche_Hee TS
18 hours ago
World’s Most Expensive Dog _Hee TS
18 hours ago
Room Rates are 30% off During July @ Tea Bush Hotel- Nuwara Eliya
19 hours ago
2014-07-23 16:29:10 Kechara goes to Giant Supermarket!! | Tsem =?GB2312?B?oa0=?=
20 hours ago
The power of our thoughts! We are definitely the creator, a powerful one! Pastor Adeline
21 hours ago

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