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!