In Japan, a dog named Koume, a 5-year-old mixed breed, became a hero by saving a man’s life. She alerted others to his heart attack by continuously barking. She was honored by local fire officials in Chiba City, who held a special ceremony for her and gave her an appreciation letter. Koume lives at a horse riding club, where, on February 25, a middle-aged man collapsed. Despite her calm nature, Koume urgently barked for help. Yuna Maruo, a 23-year-old riding instructor involved in the immediate rescue, explained that Koume is usually quiet but instinctively barks during emergencies.

The Wakaba Fire Department emphasized the importance of vigilance and prompt response to save lives. Koume’s timely barking led to an ambulance being called, and the man was revived with a defibrillator. Remarkably, the man has returned to horseback riding, expressing gratitude for Koume’s heroism. Koume, who serves as a mascot at the club, previously highlighted attentiveness by alerting a scared horse and assisting an elderly horse in need. Her brave actions have earned admiration and appreciation from everyone who has witnessed her life-saving efforts.