The dog saved the life of its owner
In May 2011, the American organization Human Society at the award ceremony awarded the Golden Retriever named Yoga an honorary title - "The Dog of the Year".
Also, the dog was awarded a statuette, made in the manner of his own in crystal and with a silver tail.
All these honors, a golden retriever from the city of Austin, Texas, was honored for saving the life of his master, Which failed to fall while riding a mountain bike. The 58-year-old retired mechanical engineer Paul Horton and Yogi have been inseparable ever since Yogi appeared in his house as a puppy.
In October 2010, Yogi, as usual accompanied his master, when he was riding a bicycle near Lake Travis and unsuccessfully jumped on the curb.
"I've done this maneuver, probably hundreds of times,But this time my front wheel stopped for some reason, and I flew by inertia through the steering wheel and landed on my head, "- told the reporter of the local newspaper Paul Horton.
Horton, as usual, did not wear a protective helmet, struck from a blow. When he came to, he could not move, and blood ran from his nose and mouth. His faithful Yogi was with him.
Horton was so weak that he did not have the strengthTo call someone to help. He could barely whisper something in a low voice and about 30 minutes begged the Yogi to leave and call someone to help. Eventually the dog ran along the road to Horton's house and along the way came across his neighbors Bruce and Maggie Tate. Usually a balanced and calm dog, barking furiously and behaving like a madman. Realizing that something bad had happened, the Tate's spouses followed Yogi.
"It's just amazing that Yoga firstStayed with Horton when he needed it, and then ran to seek help, he recognized us and led us along, "said Bruce Tate. "Paul was in a deplorable state. He was lying in a completely desolate place. "
Horton was taken to a hospital where doctors diagnosed him - pinching the spinal cord with one of the vertebrae. Because of this, he has paralyzed the lower part of the body.
"The fact that the dog quickly notified its neighbors aboutThe disaster that happened, allowed her host to be delivered to the hospital in time and avoided his death from suffocation or pain shock. He would not have survived if he had been found 3-4 hours after the incident, "admitted the head physician of the Department of Traumatology at the Hospital of Austin, Dr. Juan La Torre.
Horton still remains paralyzed in a wheelchair, but he has a positive dynamics in restoring the sensitivity of the legs, trunk and back.
"After the incident, Yogi behaves completelyIn a different way, "says Paul Horton," he does not miss me out of his sight for a minute. If I go to another room, he follows me, if I go five meters to the side in a wheelchair, he will also advance 5 meters "
Yoga leaves Horton without attention only when his wife plays the piano Chopin. Yogi runs to the instrument and whines into the beat of the music.
"You have to be a special and unique dog toDo what Yoga did, "said Nicole Packe, head of the Human Society in Texas. "Yogi has demonstrated how strong a relationship he has with his master, and also how close we are to our four-legged companions and how much we need them."
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