Tara, The Hero Cat Of Bakersfield

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Tara is a brown tabby cat that followed Erika and Roger Triantafilo home from a park in Bakersfield, California about six years ago. Tara became a treasured member of their family. Two years later when Erika gave birth to her firstborn, Jeremy, Tara even slept in the baby's crib.

Four years later, young Jeremy is happily riding his bicycle in the front yard. The family car is parked in the driveway. Tara lounges by the side of the house while Erika waters a tree in the garden.

Next door, the neighbor's dog slips out of their gate, and hears Jeremy on his bike on the other side of the car. The dog comes around the car, goes up to the boy and without warning grabs his leg, pulling the little boy off the bike and dragging him along the ground. Jeremy is screaming in pain.

Suddenly, Tara, comes hurdling from nowhere and launches herself at the dog, knocking him off the boy. Tara then chases the dog back around the car. Only once the dog is on the run does she return to her little master.

Not only is this an incredible story of a cat saving a boy from a dog attack — it was all caught on video. The boy's father edited tape together from several surveillance security cameras and uploaded it to YouTube where it quickly became an internet sensation with over 5 million views . . .

"My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage," Roger Triantafilo wrote in in the video's description. "Thankfully, my son is fine!"

Jeremy needed a 10 stitches in his leg but otherwise is fine.

The boy's mother said on Facebook: 'We aren't upset with our neighbors, we're just thankful our son wasn't injured more . . . Our cat is my hero!'

The Triantafilo family are now being inundated by companies wanting to sign Tara to appear in advertisements and magazine editorials.

Cat Fancy Magazine is reported as being "desperate to have Tara on an upcoming cover". CFA is going to give Tara an award. Tara and her family have already appeared on several morning news shows and were mentioned on TMZ.

Tara is even scheduled to throw out the first pitch of the next home game of minor-league baseball team Bakersfield Blaze. 

Tara is a hero cat indeed!

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