Is your cat a hero in waiting?

HERO: A still from the YouTube video shows Tara the cat in pursuit of the attack dog.

HERO: A still from the YouTube video shows Tara the cat in pursuit of the attack dog.

HAVE you seen the video of the Triantafilo family cat in California that saved the four-year-old from a dog attack?

It's gone viral around the world with more than 21 million views.

If you haven't, here's a brief summary of what happened.

Jeremy Triantafilo was riding his little bike at the end of the driveway when a neighbour's dog attacked.

The dog pulled Jeremy from the bike and tried to drag him away by the leg.

From nowhere, the family cat Tara barrels toward the dog who lets go of the boy and flees back home.

The cat, happy the danger was running like a coward, then returns to see if the boy is OK.

If you haven't seen the footage, Google it... amazing.

Now it appears the incredible has gone to the absurd with Tara given the honour of throwing out the first pitch at a California baseball game this week.

Anyway, do you think your cat would save you if you were in danger?

Not sure ours would.

We've got two cats - Misty the tortise-shell and Meggs the ginger.

There's little doubt Misty would have no interest in saving anyone.

Why? Well for a start such a heroic effort would involve Misty having to get up off her bed, right? 

That's a big decision for Misty these days, except at feed time, of course, when it's time for a good, old-fashioned whinge.

Mind you, if Misty had an inkling that the reward for a heroic effort was food - she might well get interested.

Nah, pretty sure a Tara-like heroic act would require far too much effort for Misty.

If Misty had an inkling that the reward for a heroic effort was food - she might well get interested.

Meggs would be the more likely candidate for some heroics.

He's got a mean streak our Meggs.

One of his favourite past times is the ambush.

He will sit quietly for ages behind a bush or the wooden sleepers waiting for Misty to head up to the shed for a feed.

As she wanders by he'll launch - catching her by surprise.

Quite often he cops a good belting for his troubles but seems to enjoy the game nonetheless.

He's also happy to take on a bigger fish every now and then - ambushing the border collie as she wanders on by.

He's lightning quick with the paws as well.

When the dog sneaks up behind him or catches him by surprise, he leaps in the air and delivers a couple of swift swipes before retreating.

But while he shows some promise on the fighting front, Meggs is also a funny cat - you never quite know whether he really likes you or not.

Given that, it's hard to know if he'd truly be interested in replicating some Tara heroics should it come to the crunch.

Yep, not sure we have a Tara in our two cats.

What about you?

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