In Japan, a remarkable dog named Koume has become a hero for saving a man’s life. By incessantly barking, she alerted others to his heart attack. Local fire officials in Wakaba-ku, Chiba City, held a special ceremony to honor Koume, a 5-year-old mongrel, and presented her with an official letter of appreciation. At a horse riding club where Koume resides, a middle-aged man suddenly collapsed on February 25. Despite her calm demeanor, Koume sprang into action, urgently barking to signal for help. Yuna Maruo, a 23-year-old riding instructor involved in the rescue, explained that Koume is typically quiet but instinctively barks in emergencies.

The Wakaba Fire Department highlighted the importance of vigilance, urging prompt responses to even slight changes to save lives. They praised Koume’s alertness and the swift actions of the club’s staff. Thanks to Koume’s timely barks, an ambulance was called, and paramedics used a defibrillator to revive the man. Remarkably, the man has since returned to horseback riding, grateful for Koume’s heroism. The horse riding club has a tradition of employing female dogs as mascots to welcome members. Koume previously showcased her attentiveness by alerting a fleeing horse and assisting an elderly horse in need. Koume’s courageous actions have rightfully earned her admiration and appreciation from all who witnessed her life-saving efforts.