Austin Dog to be Honored for Saving Owner

Monday, May 23, 2011  |  Updated 9:25 AM CDT
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Austin Dog to be Honored for Saving Owner

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A golden retriever from Texas is being praised as a national hero dog for saving his owner's life after an October bicycling accident in Central Texas.

The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday will recognize an Austin-area pet called "Yogi" as the 2011 Valor Dog of the Year.

The animal led neighbors to where 58-year-old Paul Horton lay paralyzed after flipping off his mountain bike near Lake Travis. Horton was knocked unconscious along an out-of-the way road.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Yogi ran to the main road, where Bruce and Maggie Tate were walking when they noticed the agitated dog. The 85-pound pet helped lead the Tates to their injured friend.

Doctors say Horton remains paralyzed but has regained some sensation in his abdomen, legs and back.

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