Bigo the guide dog went well beyond what is expected of service dogs when he jumped in front of an oncoming bus to save his blind owner’s life.
Bigo was trained as a guiding dog for Audrey Stone, who is blind. She was walking down a street in New York when a mini school bus, carrying two kindergartners came upon her.
Sensing danger, the dog threw himself at the closest part of the bus that he could get to. After hitting both Bigo and Stone, the vehicle came to a stop and driver told WTLX 19 that he never saw the pair.
1. Bigo the service dog (pictured) jumped in front of an oncoming bus to save his blind owner’s life (photo: Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News).
The collision left Stone with a fractured right elbow, three broken ribs, a fractured ankle and a cut to her head. And Bigo’s leg was cut down to the bone. Both Stone and her faithful guide dog are expected to live.
When paramedics arrived at the scene, the injured Bigo refused to leave his owner’s side, WLTX reports. Paul Schwartz, who manages a gas station nearby and ran over to help, said:
There were 15 EMTs and people all around her and the dog didn’t want to leave her side.
He was flopping over to her and she didn’t want him to get way from, either. She kept screaming, “Where’s Bigo? Where’s Bigo? Where’s Bigo?” We kept telling her he was fine.
2. Paul Schwartz (pictured) manages a gas station nearby and ran over to help. He said that, despite his pain, the dog seemed most upset when his owner was taken away in an ambulance (photo: Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News).
Bigo wasn’t taken with Stone in her ambulance, as he himself needed medical care. Yet, despite his pain, the dog seemed most upset when his owner left. Schwartz said:
He seemed a little lost after she left.
The bus driver was given a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian. Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo said:
The dog took a lot of the blow. And he did not want to leave her side. He stood right with her. He was there to save her.
Del Gardo added that Stone was happy to hear that her dog was being treated and that he will be well cared for while she is recovering.
3. A service dog jumps between his blind owner and an oncoming bus.
Read more: WTLX 19.
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