Hero has lived an incredible life.
This dog’s amazing journey began back in 2007. At the time, the German Shepherd was living as a stray in the woods in Georgia. Hero was wandering through these woods one day when a woman named Shannon Lorio crashed her car near him.
Lorio had gone out for a drive to clear her head after a fight with her husband. The road she was on was very windy, and she lost control of her car on one of the turns.
The car fishtailed, and Lorio was thrown from the driver’s seat out the back window. She blacked out for a minute, and when she woke up, she was lying on the ground, with her lower half still in the crushed car.
Lorio worried that nobody would find her. But then, she saw a big black shape running towards her.
“I don’t know when I came to, but when I did come to, I felt his huge presence. I could feel his breath. The dog…I don’t know how he came across me, but I thank God that he did,” Lorio said.
Lorio passed out again, and when she came to, she found that the dog had maneuvered her out of the wrecked car. The dog had grabbed her by the hood of her jacket, and he was pulling her away from the car.
Hero dragged Lorio more than 100 feet to the edge of the road. The dog refused to give up on her, and Hero’s strength inspired Lorio. She wrapped her arms around the dog and slowly stood up.
Hero had brought Lorio to the side of the road at just the right time. A car drove past, and Lorio flagged it down. Lorio was able to ask the driver to call an ambulance and her husband before she passed out again.
Lorio woke up in the hospital and learned that she thankfully wouldn’t have to have surgery. She went home to recover from her injuries, and she never stopped thinking about the German Shepherd who saved her life.
“This dog, he did everything. He’s an amazing animal, he really is,” Lorio said.
Lorio learned that Hero had been taken to the Humane Society after he saved her life. Hero’s story spread around his community, and a canine search-and-rescue trainer named Heidy Drawdy adopted him.
Hero is now a certified search-and-rescue dog, and he has saved countless lives over the years. This dog has some amazing skills!
Lorio is so happy that Hero is working as a search-and-rescue dog. She says that’s what he is meant to be.
“I told him you’ll always be my hero,” she said. “That’s what everybody started to call him. And that’s how he got his name.”
Hero is a smart dog who went above-and-beyond to help an injured woman. If you want to learn more about Hero, check out the video below.
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Source: Carlos Aguilar