Austin Dog to be Honored for Saving Owner | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Austin Dog to be Honored for Saving Owner




    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.