A friend of mine had an ancient female cat.
Arriving home one day he was met by a neighbour who apologised and told him that her rotteweiler had attacked his cat.
Fearing the worst he turned the corner to his cottage to find his cat sitting on the doorstep grooming herself, unhurt.
The dogs face was a mass of scratches and gouges and had to pay a visit to the vet.
My friend told me he has never felt so proud, particularly as the cat was so ancient.
Unfortunately, she passed away (due to age) about 10 months later.