Service dogs are considered as silent heroes. They might not be able to say something, but they know their owner’s needs and attend to it. Service dogs will also do everything to save the life of their owner, even if it will cost their lives too.
In White Plains, New York, Figo (pronounced as FEE-goh), an 8-year-old golden retriever, saved the life of his legally blind owner, Audrey Stone. Witnesses say that Figo shielded Audrey from the upcoming school bus while crossing the street.
Figo is Audrey’s third service dog. He is from Smithtown’s Guide Dog Foundation. When Audrey met Figo, it was a perfect match made in heaven. There is a firm connection between them.
It was an ordinary Monday for Audrey and Figo. Audrey and Figo are on their way home from their daily walk when they both had an accident. Audrey told Figo to move forward as they cross the Michael Neuner Drive. A mini-bus suddenly appeared and hit both Audrey and Figo.
Witnesses said that Figo protected Audrey by putting himself in front of the approaching bus.
Figo was severely hurt and injured his right front paw. Audrey, on the other hand, incurred broken ribs, ankle, and elbow. Doctors said if Figo didn’t go in Audrey’s way, she could’ve suffered more injuries.
Audrey was rushed at Danbury Hospital while Figo went under the knife at Middlebranch Veterinary to close an open wound at his right front paw.
Audrey told the press that this is not the first time Figo protected her.
One time at the grocery store, Figo protected Audrey by going between her and the rolling shopping cart.
Audrey jokingly said that Figo deserves a Purple Heart Award from the President.
After recovering from the accident, Figo and Audrey are back on each others’ arms. Figo continued to do his job as Audrey’s service dog, and Audrey continued to give Figo the tender loving care he deserves.
Good job, Figo!
Photo courtesy of Frank Becera Jr. via USA Today