Stray dogs feel empathy for humans, even though, sadly, it often isn’t reciprocated. This dog shows why humanity should be doing a lot more for stray animals.
This German Shepherd is called Hero. And he has really earned that name.
He started out as a stray, wandering Georgia. He’d never had a home or known any human to be kind. But that didn’t stop him from doing something amazing.
One day, he was walking through the woods when he heard something scary.
It was a loud banging noise. Hero was startled, but he decided to investigate anyway.
He discovered a wrecked car that had crashed off the road.
The car was in a terrible state. It had rolled around several times. The driver, Shannon Lorio, who had gone on a drive alone after a fight with her husband, had been hurled around in the crash. She was now lying halfway out of what was once the back window, but her lower half was trapped inside.
Lorio came to consciousness. She tried moving but found that she was too weak.
She started panicking. She was on a remote stretch of land. Would anyone ever find her?
But then she saw a black shape in the distance, running towards her.
Before she could see what it was, Lorio passed out.
The black shape was Hero. He had noticed that a Lorio was in terrible danger and come to her aid.
The second that he saw Lorio, his protective instincts kicked in, all fear gone.
When he reached Lorio, he stopped for a second to see if she was awake, tapping on her head.
He soon realized that she was unconscious. So he grabbed Lorio’s jacket hood and started pulling.
Even though the weight of a human is a lot for a dog, it didn’t stop Hero. He kept on pulling and pulling.
Soon, Lorio was free of the car. Hero still didn’t stop pulling Lorio.
Lorio woke up. She was dazed, but eventually, she realized that this benevolent dog had just saved her life.
“I don’t know when I came to, but when I did come to, I felt this huge presence. I could feel his breath. The dog… I don’t know how he came across me, but I thank God that he did.” – Shannon Lorio.
Hero was still pulling at Lorio as she came around. But then he noticed that Lorio had woken up and stopped.
Lorio tried to stand up but couldn’t. So Hero helped her, encouraging the woman to grab on to his fur.
Slowly, she stood up. She saw that Hero had brought her back to the side of the road
A short while later, a car drove down the road. Lorio waved at the car desperately. The car slowed to a stop.
As Lorio started talking to the driver, she fell unconscious once more.
Hours later, Lorio awoke again. She was in a hospital bed.
A nurse came round and told her that her injuries would recover. She was going to be ok.
Then Lorio asked about the dog. The nurse was confused and didn’t know what she was talking about.
But shortly after, Lorio’s husband came into the room. He explained that the driver of the car that had stopped had taken the dog to The Humane Society.
In a couple of days, Lorio was feeling well enough to leave the hospital and head home.
Lorio called up The Humane Society. They explained that Hero, as they had named the dog, was no longer with them. A search and rescue trainer had adopted the animal.
In no time at all, Hero became a certified search and rescue dog.
So Lorio was just the first of many lives that Hero would save.
And to think that no one wanted this amazing, selfless, brave dog!
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Source: Carlos Aguilar