Hero Guide Dog Throws Self at Bus to Save Owner
Witness: Bigo tried to shield Audrey Stone from vehicle by taking impact himself
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 1:18 PM CDT
File photo: A service dog similar to Bigo helps its owner.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Here's hoping Bigo gets a well-deserved treat this week. The service dog was crossing the street with his owner, Audrey Stone, yesterday in Brewster, NY, when a mini school bus came toward Stone, who's legally blind, reports the Journal News. Bigo literally leapt into action, flinging himself toward the vehicle to take the brunt of the impact, leaving fur on the front left wheel as proof of his feat. "I don't know if [the driver] thought [Stone] was going to move faster, but it looks like the dog tried to take most of the hit for her," Paul Schwartz, a local gas station manager who ran to the scene to help, tells the paper. The bus driver, who had two kindergartners on the bus (they weren't injured), told police he didn't see the two in the unpainted crosswalk; he received a summons for not yielding to a pedestrian.

Bigo's leg was cut to the bone after he took the hit, says Schwartz, but that didn't stop him from tending to the needs of 62-year-old Stone—who suffered a fractured elbow, three broken ribs, and a broken ankle, Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo tells the Journal News. "There were 15 EMTs and people all around her and the dog didn't want to leave her side," Schwartz says. "She kept screaming, 'Where's Bigo?'" Del Gardo says Stone was admitted to a hospital and her injuries are said to be non-life-threatening, reports the Putnam County Courier. The paper adds that Bigo underwent emergency surgery, and a clinic spokesman says he's "doing fine."