Earlier this month, a man was set upon by masked criminals after pulling up outside his girlfriend's home in Philippi, South Africa.
Derrick Mfengwana, the victim's brother-in-law, was inside the house at the time. He said:
"As he was trying to open the gate, someone had a gun behind him and was saying give me the car keys."
Some heroes have four legs, and a tail!
And that's when Derrick's pooch, a brave crossbreed named Guluva, smelt the danger. He sprinted from the back garden to confront the attackers, who quickly ran off empty-handed. The human victim escaped without injury, but Guluva wasn't so lucky.
The masked gang fired off a shot before fleeing, which struck the dog on the nose.
"I heard my girlfriend and sister screaming and thought they had shot her boyfriend because I saw blood around the house...When we went outside, I saw my dog was bleeding. He was still standing and running around."
Derrick wrapped his beloved pooch in a towel to stem the bleeding and rushed the furry hero to a nearby animal hospital. The bullet damaged Guluva's jaw and tongue, but specialists were able to stabilise his condition.
The pup responded well to treatment but will be kept in for observation to prevent any secondary complications from the injury. He should be back home within the next few weeks.
More furry lifesavers
And Guluva isn't the only pet to put everything on the line for its owners. A spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa said this was the fourth such incident within the last two weeks. The other cases involved two dogs and a cat who were admitted with gunshot wounds to the upper body.
The local police added animal cruelty charges to the case, which is still under investigation.
Police are yet to identify any suspects.