This year on National Puppy Day, dog owners everywhere shared pictures and stories in celebration of our furry friends and every thing they do for us.
Twitter user @USCocksman was especially grateful for his golden retriever Hank though, without whom he might not be around today.
Loyalty, companionship, and unconditional love — what else could we ask for from our four-legged friends? So it's only right that every March 23rd, on National Puppy Day, we take the time to honor good boys and girls everywhere for being apart of our lives.
Some dogs take the loyalty to an entirely new level however, like this dog who saved his human family from a shooting. Dogs like that seem to be the most deserving of appreciation
Another dog that deserves just as much appreciation is Twitter user @USCocksman's Golden Retriever Hank.
I want to tell you a story about Hank, and I want you to know that it has a happy ending. This is Hank 6 years ago. https://t.co/YLXcJYAw9C— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553371995.0
My wife got a reminder yesterday that 6 years ago Hank ate her brand new slip on Vans. Look at that guilty pup. Come on, Hank.— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372085.0
As a puppy, Hank was a bit of a trouble maker with a taste for Vans sneakers.
But a bit of puppy mischief was nothing compared to the night Hank saved his family from a very close call.
Within a few hours of that reminder, at midnight last night, Hank started barking from the living room. My wife and… https://t.co/Lc5LbBh2E9— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372219.0
So I dragged myself off the couch and went out to the living room to make him stop. As soon as I came around the co… https://t.co/FHBM02aKi4— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372328.0
When Hank began barking nonstop late one night, his owner eventually realized that something wasn't right. After getting up to see what was wrong, @USCocksman discovered what Hank had been barking about.
The entire yard had caught fire!
The very large wooden work shed full of gasoline, paint and God knows what else was blazing. The oaks were on fire.… https://t.co/Uh34s1vmHQ— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372443.0
We got everyone up, 911 on the line, the whole family and both dogs out front in what felt like a few seconds. The… https://t.co/KL7H8ROs7Q— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372584.0
The family immediately called 911 and got Hank and themselves outside.
The fire spread to the back of our house the same minute the firefighters got the hoses to it. A minute or two more… https://t.co/yq2S5jM066— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372744.0
The firefighters were absolutely amazing. It was windy, so they had to contain and deal with this for two adjacent… https://t.co/kVERRAQkLk— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553372855.0
Thanks to Hank and the fire fighters, the house survived mostly undamaged and Hank's family was saved from a dangerous situation that could have had a much more tragic ending.
This is him today, 6 years after eating some shoes, 15 hours after saving our house and family. He can have all the… https://t.co/H3CKwqMnPv— Ulysses S. Cocksman (@Ulysses S. Cocksman)1553373024.0
Twitter was blown away by Hank's story and collectively sent all of their extra pats and belly rubs for the very good boy.
@USCocksman OMG I’m crying for Hanks goodness. https://t.co/d9Nxsa5qNa— Mad Wine Chemist 🍷 (@Mad Wine Chemist 🍷)1553376345.0
@USCocksman He’s a good boy❤️ https://t.co/EBJAFxyL0c— Kim Possible Was A Dope Show (@Kim Possible Was A Dope Show)1553403086.0
@USCocksman @kazweida Hank is the best boy! Halo says, “Good job savin’ da hoomans, Hank!” https://t.co/EM5BN8SQI2— Jennifer (@Jennifer)1553387743.0
@USCocksman https://t.co/0GEQBqs6Mo— The Uppity Knitter (@The Uppity Knitter)1553394152.0
And for his heroic efforts, Twitter users offered to send Hank all the shoes he could ever eat.
@USCocksman Hank is the man. If you run out of shoes I bet I can find some here.— baseballbarry (@baseballbarry)1553374103.0
@USCocksman WHAT IS HIS FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SHOE— Mikki Halpin (@Mikki Halpin)1553386401.0
@USCocksman I will give Hank literally all of my shoes— Charlotte A. Cavatica (@Charlotte A. Cavatica)1553394096.0
Incredibly though, Hank's wasn't the only tale of unbelievable doggy heroism as several shared their stories of how their dogs had managed to save their lives too.
@USCocksman When I was a teenager my house caught on fire when I was home alone and still asleep. My dog, Daisy, ju… https://t.co/AsFAIBVvve— Anna Belke (@Anna Belke)1553395652.0
@USCocksman Your tweet made me cry! Gods furry gifts are the best ! This is Lazer and he’s my father’s dog and he… https://t.co/KJ1w3gUgvL— Vanity (@Vanity)1553396539.0
@USCocksman When I was a kid the carbon monoxide detector in our basement was going off and the carbon monoxide det… https://t.co/O343n8VXsY— 𝕱𝖊𝖗𝖌𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖔𝖚𝖘 (@𝕱𝖊𝖗𝖌𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖔𝖚𝖘)1553393076.0
@USCocksman the fire department came and tested the air and there was carbon monoxide and none of us could stay in… https://t.co/7SLHLGxaAK— 𝕱𝖊𝖗𝖌𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖔𝖚𝖘 (@𝕱𝖊𝖗𝖌𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖈𝖎𝖔𝖚𝖘)1553393123.0
@USCocksman He looks remarkably like the very best girl, Molly. She saved a child with Autism who was struggling to… https://t.co/OQOayG25eL— Shelley Heile (@Shelley Heile)1553396813.0
We truly don't deserve dogs, but thankfully, they stick by us anyway. To honor your own very good boy, might we suggest this adorable t-shirt? Or just join me in squealing over the cuteness of these puppies!