The driver at the bus’s wheel did not. Not the passengers nor the passers-by. The only one who did notice leapt to drastic, but necessary, action.
On Monday morning in Brewster, NY, Bigo the service dog threw himself at a mini school bus, in an attempt to stop it from striking his owner, Audrey Stone. She was too far across the street to turn back in time, and so the intrepid lab took an action movie/hero’s sacrifice-level risk.
Stone escaped the crash with a fractured right elbow, a fractured ankle, three broken ribs, and a cut to her head.
But the dog, as Brewster Police Chief Del Gardo noted, took most of the blow. Figo’s leg was cut down to the bone.
Still, with his limited mobility, Figo continued to try and flop over toward his owner. He would not leave her side, even as the EMTs and crowd gathered around them.
Paul Schwartz, the manager of the nearby Xtra Mart gas station who ran to the scene to help, said that Figo maintained a tremendous amount of composure.
"The dog was being a good sport, really calm. He sat with me the whole time. He was limping as we put him on a big blanket on the sidewalk and it started to rain. He let us wrap up his leg without any problem. He wasn't barking or crying or yelping. But he kept pulling toward her. After she was put on a gurney and taken away, he stopped doing that. He seemed a little lost after she left."
Both Stone and dog are receiving treatment, and hope to be reunited soon.
In the meantime, let’s hug our pets a little tighter and donate all of our money to the ASPCA.