Little boy saved by cat does adorable TV interview (video)

I reported yesterday on the amazing story of little 4 year old Jeremy Triantafilo who was viciously attacked and dragged by a neighbor’s dog, when suddenly Jeremy’s own cat, Tara, came running to the rescue, attacking the dog, and ultimately chasing it away.


Jeremy ended up with some pretty bad bite marks, and stitches, but fortunately was okay.

There’s more on the story now, including the name of the boy, and the fact that the dog will apparently be put to sleep, after a ten-day period to make sure it doesn’t have any illnesses.  The dog is an 8-month old puppy, a lab/chow mix.  The owners were leaving to go out and the dog slipped away from them.

Jeremy and Tara did an interview after the attack. It’s not terribly informative, and is awfully cute:

As for Tara, one of the readers noticed that the cat basically body-blocked the dog. So I went and looked back at the original video from the homeowner’s security camera, and put in slow-motion, and you can see the cat basically attack the dog head-on, then turn sideways and slam it. It’s pretty amazing.


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  • Spiritdove Smith

    Tara is a Terror. :D why didnt they have it rabies facinated anyways. you do that at 12weeks old.

  • LanceThruster

    Thanks for the update. It was an unfortunate but prudent decision. I had to put down a stray I adopted for the same reason. He was probably owned by a gang member and was loyal to one person only. Everyone else he tried to bite. If a kid came into my yard it would be all over. I still cried. It wasn’t the dog’s fault.

  • Craig Williams

    In the reporter’s defense, I think this is raw footage for a package, not a true interview. She’s just trying to get soundbites from a child.

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  • cole3244

    if john put you up to this just have him post that and i will comply immediately, otherwise how about you don’t read my posts.

  • cole3244

    me too multiple times in one year as a mailman and i never carried the dog spray to repel them it just pisses them of and i just couldn’t bring myself to do that.

  • cole3244

    me too multiple times in one year as a mailman and i never carried the dog spray to repel them it just pisses them of and i just couldn’t bring myself to do that.

  • Jafafa Hots

    maybe on Tara’s part too. Cats are smart. They make excellent companion animals for the disabled, no matter how much conservatives laugh at the idea of cats as service animals on planes, etc. (If I remember correctly, conservative outrage stopped airlines from allowing service cats to fly with their people.)

  • crazymonkeylady

    I’ve been bitten by cats, dogs and people. I seem to be a crazy magnet. No hate!

  • crazymonkeylady

    Animals help autistic kids cope with life. And Tara is a real gift to him in more ways than one!!

  • Henry Whitworth

    Yeah, I’ve been around a lot of that. I’ve also known some very sweet pits but they’re definitely more on the edge of being dangerous than most dogs. We end up with this weird mix of people who breed and own them specifically because they’re dangerous and those who think you’re a big dog-hating meany for pointing out that they’re dangerous.

  • BloggerDave

    Dogs Rule!

  • Guest

    How about you do the rest of us a favor and quit posting?

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    And a lot of pit owners buy them for the sole purpose of having a badass dog. More than once at the dog park I’ve had other dogs attack my dogs and invariably it’s a pit, shepherd or dobie and the owner falls into a stereotypical category-frightened middle class conservative or thug-life aspiring young Caucasian male.

  • cole3244

    do us both a favor get more than four hours sleep tonight.

  • PunditusMaximus


  • Henry Whitworth

    You have to look at what the dogs were originally bred for and the Pit Bull type was bred for bloodsports. Over time, if they were always bred for a peaceful disposition, the danger would be greatly lessened. But, like you point out, people still breed them for their fighting ability and aggressiveness. And it’s often underground. So these jerk breeders select their top pups and dump the rest out into the shelters and such. So, often people end up with a pit whose parents were specifically bred for aggressiveness.
    I hear this a lot about it being a undeserved reputation. But the statistics of dog attacks solidly back up this reputation. It doesn’t mean every Pit is dangerous but they are more likely than most other breeds to be. And because of their physiology, bred to battle, their attacks are particularly damaging.

  • hmontaigne

    Good for you, for probably saving their lives. Boo on their owners who apparently didn’t secure them.

  • hmontaigne

    That throws a different light on the boy’s responses. .

  • The_Fixer

    Once upon a time, Pit Bulls were considered good dogs for children. I saw a blog post once that featured tons of pictures of kids sitting with their devoted Pit Bull dogs. Can’t remember where I saw it, or I’d link to it.

    A few assholes breed and train them to be aggressive fighting dogs, and their reputation is ruined. One day I was riding my bike and a couple of young Pit Bull dogs were wandering out in traffic on a busy road. I stopped and gently coaxed them back toward the driveway of their property. They were real sweetheart dogs. But the real problem was that I had trouble attracting the attention of the homeowner without setting foot on the property. A dog of any breed can be territorial, and being as there were two of them, it would have been tough to keep track of both. Eventually, one of the owners pulled up on the driveway and the dogs followed the car.

    Too bad these sweet dogs have gotten such a bad reputation. It’s really undeserved.

  • The_Fixer

    “Can you tell me what Tara’s name is?”


  • The_Fixer

    Ralph Wiggum: Daddy, I’m so scared I can’t pee my pants!
    Chief Wiggum: Just relax, Ralphie. It’ll come..

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I had no idea about the autism. The “perform for the camera” aspect really pissed me off. “Pet the cat”. “Kiss the cat”. But worse was when the kid is seemingly at peace, simply enjoying his kitty, and then they say, “Remember when you were riding your trike and a mean dog [suddenly sank its teeth into your leg, dragged you around and tried to eat you]? Remember that, honey?”. It was a great story up until this stupid interview.

  • Ninong

    Bakersfield Animal Control has made the decision to euthanize the dog, an 8-month-old chow-lab mix. The risk that this dog might attack another child in the future is unacceptable. It’s unfortunate for the dog’s owners but the risk to the child next-door is just unacceptable. The owners have already demonstrated that accidents can happen and the dog can slip away from their control.

  • emjayay

    Oh, I didn’t know about the mildly autistic. Makes it even worse.

  • Ninong

    Little Jeremy is “mildly autistic,” which explains his language skills. The TV interviewer wasn’t very professional.

  • emjayay

    Or any other size human.

  • Ninong

    It was a terrible interview of a 4-year-old child who is “mildly autistic.” Some TV people have no common sense at all. Every time we have a hurricane down here and people lose their homes and pets, or worse, the TV people always look for little children to ask how they feel about their loss.

  • And I can’t tell why you think everybody here hates animals and wants them all dead.

  • cole3244

    wow more anger, either lack of sleep or anger issues i can’t tell.

  • cole3244

    very good, humor trumps anything else every time lol!

  • LanceThruster

    This is my sandbox, I’m not allowed to go in the deep end. ~ Ralph Wiggum

  • Um, yeah. It’s like she’s never spoken directly with a child ever before in her life.

  • PeteWa


  • LanceThruster

    Cat physics! I love the spin that looks like a car wreck after the body slam. Thoroughly fascinating action.

  • Oh for god’s sake, give it a break.

    The “y’all are animal-hating psychos, you must be so happy animals are going to be killed, must make a great day for you” schtick is not only old, but patronizing and insulting.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    There was no videographer. That video was from multiple security cameras.

  • Joan

    Why did the videographer focus on the dog before it was anywhere near the child? Had the dog done this before? Or was this whole thing staged?

  • Et tu, John? Grudgingly giving up the cat-grumbles for a couple days? :-)

  • Any day that we don’t hate cats for plotting global domination is a good day :)

  • Yeah, I particularly liked the part about asking a 4 year old a 3-part question :)

  • PeteWa

    yeah, but what is the cat’s name?

  • emjayay

    Worst interview ever. Kid is OK, woman is idiot.

  • flocculent

    My cat’s breath smells like cat food! – Ralph Wiggum

  • Working in animal control, the worst dogs I’ve ever had to deal with were chows and chihuahuas. Both are breeds very protective of what they have claimed as their personal space. Never had much problem with the so-called “bully breeds”, aside from their sheer mass.

  • milli2

    The interviewer wasn’t that skilled either. She kept asking him the cat’s name over and over, even though he answered already.

  • bbock

    What a horrible interview. Why on Earth did the parents allow that. Sure make the poor cat participate even though she clearly wants nothing to do with this. Besides he’s too young to be useful on camera. His language skills are under-developed still.

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  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Adults: “What did Tara do yesterday, Jeremy?”

    Jeremy: “I don’t know. My kitty is black. Look, my kitty is black.”

    Adults: “Did a mean dog try to bite you, Jeremy? Come on, relive the experience for the camera!”

  • cole3244

    i guess the cats get a reprieve from the cat haters at least in the short term.

    there will another time when evil will be introduced into the cat conversation i’m sure and all the bad experiences people have had with those nasty unsociable felines, for now dogs are on the hit list specifically the chow breed.

  • milli2

    Chows seem to go under the radar as being considered “dangerous” dogs. I’ve dealt with the friendliest and loving pit bulls, rottweilers, etc. but I have never met a friendly chow – at BEST they were indifferent to strangers, at worst they want to do exactly what this dog did. They are definitely a territorial dog and don’t accept others that easily.

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