November 20, 2017

This story is a few years old but it has stayed with me.

If any Huck's Hero ever deserved a hearty, “Good dog!,” this is the one. J.R. Nicholson is a rancher in rural Texas, near San Angelo. He had a dizzy spell, so an ambulance came to rush him to the hospital, an hour’s drive away over twisting roads. A good 20 minutes into the bumpy trip, another driver flagged down the ambulance and asked the EMTs if they were aware that a beagle was clinging onto their running board.

Sure enough, it was Nicholson’s 4-year-old beagle mix, Buddy. He was at the ranch when his owner fell ill, and he was determined not to leave his master’s side. So he jumped onto the outside of the ambulance and hung on for dear life. With no other choice, the EMTs pulled Buddy into the ambulance to continue on their trip. They said he immediately jumped up onto the control switch panel and turned on the sirens and lights. I guess that was his way of saying, “Get a move on!”

Ranch hand Brian Wright assumed Buddy had just run off to roam. He was floored when he arrived at the hospital to find that Buddy had beaten him there. Wright said he hopes the story inspires people to thank a first responder and go to an animal shelter. You never know, the dog you adopt just might turn out to be a first responder himself!

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  • Mary Jo McCauley

    11/21/2017 01:12 AM

    Gov. Huckabee,
    Thank you for such a wonderful story about a good dog. I have had dogs and other pets since I was born. My parents had a dog named Butch who slept under my crib. I've had many dogs, some cats, and even hamsters and gerbils in my lifetime. My husband and I have been married going on 43 yrs in a few months, and he never had any pets other than tropical fish. Along with our first house, came our first dog, and it has continued up to this day. My husband finally has a little Jack Russell that is just his special buddy. Eddy came from the Tulsa, OK SPCA (a great place). Eddy is devoted to Ross. We have two other rescues--the girls. Thank you for such a sweet story. By the way, we've also had beagles.

  • John Metcalf

    11/20/2017 10:56 PM

    From a dog lover's point of view, this is precious. There is nothing more true than the phrase, "Dog is man's best friend."

  • Mary E Greene

    11/20/2017 09:30 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,
    Your story about the dog riding on the running board of the ambulance reminded me of an occurrence in my long experience as a volunteer EMT.

    This happened probably 40 years
    ago in Ho-Ho-Kus NJ where I started
    out as an EMT. Gracie Schmitz was
    one of the founders of the corps.
    Besides the ambulance corps one of

    Gracie's love was her dogs. One time
    when we had to transport her
    husband Bill to the hospital in our
    Cadillac (hearse built ambulance but
    wonderful smooth ride compared to

    today's truck fashioned
    his BIG black German Shepherd,
    Devil, jumped into the back of the
    back of the ambulance to be with
    Bill. When Bill died the viewing was in their big old fashioned house.
    Devil sat like a soldier next to the
    coffin the whole time and would not
    There is such a loving atachment between animals and their people.
    Yours Mary Greene

    died sometime later the viewing was in their big old homestead. The coffin was in the living room and Devil sat ride beside the coffin the whole time like a soldier.

  • Lanni Fish

    11/20/2017 05:35 PM

    Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to be chosen as the "pet human" for a good dog will understand this story. It's also true that every dog has the potential to be a "good dog" - it's all in how the people in their lives treat them. A dog will respond to kindness, and in return will give you their full and unconditional love and loyalty. That little beagle felt that his "guy" needed him, and he wasn't about to be separated. God made them for us, no question about that.

  • Patsy L Weaver

    11/20/2017 05:29 PM

    Mr.Huckabee, I'm a 71 year old widow who has had doggies in my life since the day I was born, and even though several of them were precious "whatevers" I loved every single one of them with all my heart! They are the most precious and loving four legged (some with maybe only one, two or three) they are definitely one of God's greatest gifts to us, and the very best friend most of us ever have. I have a 12 year old Miniature Schnauzer, Molly, who is my only close companion I have since my husband passed away almost six years ago. I'm not even allowed to go to the restroom without her accompanying me, but whatever makes her happy is one of my favorite things in life. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful story of completely innocent pure love.

  • Karen Sandico

    11/20/2017 10:07 AM

    It's true a mans best friend. We watch your show weekly; it's so refreshing thank you for believing
    you and the Lord can shine His light on any subject. God's Blessings on you and your family.