The Most Newsworthy Dogs of 2012

his year, a handful of canines rose above the rest, making headlines for their actions — whether facing imminent danger to save lives, enduring unimaginable physical hardships, or simply making us laugh. A look at nine of the year's most newsworthy pups:

1. Chicago's comfort dogs
After the unimaginable events that befell Newtown, Conn on Dec. 14 that left 27 people, including 20 children, dead at the hands of suspected gunman Adam Lanza, a team of golden retrievers was deployed from Chicago to the picturesque town. About 10 specially trained dogs, including Chewie, Ruthie, and Luther, made the 800-mile journey to sit with children and adults during masses and funerals.

2. The puppies that kept a lost boy warm
This year, dogs made headlines for offering emotional support and also physical aid, in particular to a young boy who got lost in the woods. Kyle Camp, a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, went missing on Oct. 16.

3. The hero dog that lost its snout saving two girls
One dog's heroism so disfigured her sweet little face that her photo is often preceded by a warning. This canine's story started with a motorcycle careening through the streets of Zamboanga City, Philippines, earlier this year. Young cousins Dina Bunggal, 11, and Princess Diansing, 3, stepped unknowingly into its path. A mutt named Kabang came out of nowhere and jumped in front of the motorbike, stopping it in its tracks, and saving the little girls from serious injury.

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