Real Life Dog Hero Rescues Owner

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It sounds like a real life Lassie story from television and the movies. A man's dog stayed by his side after a freak accident, barking at passersby for help.

On Oct. 30, Paul Horton was on a bike ride with his dog Yogi, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, in Austin, Texas. He misjudged a jump from the trail to a paved road.

It was a jump he had made hundreds of times. But this time something went wrong and he flew over the handle bars and landed on his head. He was instantly paralyzed.

Yogi went into action, running up the road and getting the attention of people walking by.

"I expected him to behave like Lassie and run down to the police station and tap out my location in morse code or something," Horton said with a smile.

"For somebody who cannot move and cannot ask for help, you can develop a pressure ulcer, you develop an infection, a clot, and you can die if you are not rescued soon," said Dr. Juan Latoree, the medical director of St. David Rehabilitation Hospital.

"He is my hero. I mean he is my hero. It is possible that if he had not done what he did, they might have walked right on by and gone down the road and there is no telling when somebody else would have come by," Horton explained.

Horton remains in the hospital. He has regained some movement in his arms, hands and upper body.

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