From loyal canines to an overheated bear - and of course, Pizza Rat - 2015 had a plethora of memorable animals.

Here are some of our favorite Fox News stories that focused in on our four-legged friends.


A Wounded Warrior's Dog Was the Best Man at His Wedding

(Credit: Brad Hall Studios)

We know dogs are man's best friend, so why not Best Man too?

A special Golden Retriever named Gabe rose to the occasion at the wedding of U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford, who lost his leg in 2012 in an IED explosion in eastern Afghanistan.

As part of his recovery, Lansford was paired with Gabe through the Warrior Canine Connection, which provides support dogs to wounded warriors to help them manage with daily life and treat PTSD. The two have been inseparable ever since.

Watch more on this feel-good story!


Bear Beats the Heat with a Refreshing Dip in a Swimming Pool!

 

Someone’s having a beary happy summer! Bruiser the bear is beating the Florida heat with his daily dip in the pool. (via Single Vision, Inc.)

Posted by Fox News on Thursday, June 25, 2015

 

This is the moment a grizzly bear belly-flopped into a swimming pool in hopes of cooling off in the sweltering summer heat in Florida.

Four-year-old Bruiser is seen in the video climbing the pool's ladder before diving into the water.

Bruiser takes a moment to shake his wet fur after hitting the water and then is off to enjoy the refreshing dip and play with his favorite toy.


Rat Carries Slice of Pizza in NYC Subway, Becomes Internet Sensation

Rats are disgusting. But you can't help but root for "Pizza Rat," as he was dubbed by the Internet.

A viral video - viewed millions of times - showed the determined little New York City critter as he carries a slice of pizza down the subway stairs.


Deer Photobombs Newborn's Photo Shoot

A photographer who specializes in taking pictures of children and babies uncovered a whole new level of cuteness.

Meet Maggie, an especially friendly deer who’s been stumbling into Megan Rion’s photo shoots since early in the summer.

The picture above – which went viral – was taken when Rion was shooting baby Conner, who had just turned one-month-old.


'Did That Just Happen?' Dog Rides Bus By Herself to Dog Park

A dog in Seattle learned how to board, ride and even get off the bus by herself.

The friendly black Labrador, named Eclipse, will even hop onto seats to sit next to strangers.

The dog's owner, Jeff Young, explained that the tradition of Eclipse riding the bus alone happened one day when the pooch grew impatient and left him while he was smoking a cigarette.


Meet Goliath, the Cow Who Thinks He's One of the Dogs

Goliath is an eight-week-old calf, but you wouldn't guess it by how he acts!

Goliath, who was a "drop calf" from a dairy farm, has been raised alongside the three family dogs on Shaylee Hubbs' family's ranch in Danville, California.

Not only has Goliath copied how the dogs eat their food and drink water from their bowls, he's learned to make himself at home on the couch!


Heroic Mother Dog Saves 9 Puppies From Raging Forest Fire

Here's proof that a mother's love knows no bounds.

Nine puppies survived a raging wildfire in Valparaiso, Chile, thanks to their devoted, quick-thinking mom.

The mother dog, unable to move her litter away from the blaze, dug a deep hole under a metal container, hid the two-week-old pups inside and covered it with mud. She then took shelter herself in a nearby building.

When the fire subsided, rescue crews were able to find all nine puppies in the hole and pull them to safety.

Way to go, mom!


Dog Walks By Herself to Find Hospitalized Owner

One persistent pup showed just how strong the bond is with her owner.

Nancy Franck had to stay at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the weeks following cancer-related surgery.

Her miniature schnauzer, named Sissy, missed her so much that she decided to go pay her a visit.

Sissy is said to have walked at least 15 blocks on her own to the hospital to find the woman.


Police K9 Doing OK After Saving Cop From Brutal Ambush

A police canine saved his partner from a brutal roadside ambush by three men.

The incident happened May 18 when Hancock County Sheriff's Deputy Todd Frazier was attacked, beaten and slashed with a box cutter after checking on a car at a rest stop.

Authorities believe the attackers intended to drag him into the woods and kill him, but Frazier was able to hit the remote control to open his squad car’s door.

That's when Lucas sprang out of the car and jumped into the fray, biting at least one of the assailants and forcing them to flee.

Deputy Frazier suffered a cut on his head and other bodily injuries. Lucas tore a ligament, broke some teeth and sustained road rash.


Meet Pumpkin, the Raccoon Who Thinks She's a Dog

 

Goliath the cow wasn't the only animal going through an identity crisis in 2015...

Late last year, a very unusual bundle of joy fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp's backyard: a one-month-old raccoon. The little critter was very weak and had broken her back leg. Rosie waited, but when the raccoon's mother didn't return, she decided to take her in and raise the little raccoon just like one of their own.

Now, Pumpkin the raccoon lives with Laura, her husband and their two rescue dogs, Toffee and Oreo, and appears to be as happy as can be!


This Heroic Dog Dialed 911 to Save Her Blind Owner from a Fire

Our volunteers just dropped off food, toys, treats and supplies to Yolanda, who is a service dog for her owner, who is...

Posted by Red Paw Emergency Relief Team on Thursday, August 6, 2015

 

A heroic service dog used a specialized phone to dial 911 when a fire broke out at her blind owner’s Philadelphia home.

The quick-thinking canine, Yolanda, called authorities and then pulled her owner out of the burning house.

Most amazing of all, this wasn't the first time Yolanda had saved the day! She called 911 once before when her owner was knocked unconscious after a fall.


Hog Wild: Michigan Police Take Stray Pig Into Custody

WATCH: This little piggy…got arrested. http://bit.ly/1Kw8kxf

Posted by Fox News on Sunday, May 31, 2015

 

Do you smell bacon?

A Michigan woman was tending to her yard Thursday evening when she had a visit from an unlikely neighbor: a stray pig!

She called the Shelby Township Police Department, who came and took the animal into custody in the back of a cruiser.

The pig was later returned to its owner.


We barely scratched the surface of all the memorable stories of 2015. So let us know what four-legged story stuck with you, and share these with your animal-loving friends!


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A Baby Sea Lion Snuck Onto a Man's Boat & Took a Nap in His Bed