Historically, Rat Terriers were bred for the purpose of hunting small game, like rats and squirrels. Now, they usually exist as family companions, but in the case of this pint-size hero, deep-down hunting instincts emerged and worked for the greater good. Read on to learn how  Rowdy the Rat Terrier saved the life of a fellow neighborhood dog. Global Animal

Paw Nation, Jennipher Walters

We’ve all heard of amazing animal rescue stories in which a pet saves its owner’s life. But a dog saving a canine buddy? That’s a more unusual hero dog tale, but one that happened just days ago in Rancho Cordova, Calif. A rat terrier named Rowdy is credited with finding Casper, a 15-year-old miniature schnauzer, who was stuck in an 8-inch drain pipe.

According to CNN, Casper had been missing for three days when Rowdy, while out on a walk with his owner, caught the missing dog’s smell and started barking at a storm drain about a block from Casper’s home. It wasn’t long before the Sacramento Metro firefighters were called to the scene.

Firefighters freed Casper from the drain in a creative way. They filled a fire hose with water, put a cap on the end and then tied a teddy bear around the end of the hose, using it like a pipe cleaner to gently push Casper out of the pipe.

And like any good story, this tale has a happy ending. In less than an hour, the rescue effort was deemed a success, and Casper was reunited with his owners.

“We’ve been kind of taking him for granted, he’s been around for so long,” Casper’s owner Wayne Hernandez told News 10 Sacramento. “But we’re gonna have to try to pamper him a little more. He deserves it after this.”

We sure think so! No word on if Rowdy will also get a little pampering after his good deed.