Guide dogs are meant to warn their owners of potential dangers they may encounter. They are more than man’s best friend. These animals are expected to protect them. Simon, a Boxer from Atlanta, was one such dog that paid the ultimate price for doing his job. According to 11Alive on Sept. 26, the pooch died from injuries he sustained after being hit by a car after running in front of it to keep his owners from harm.
Simon has been deemed a hero even though he lost his life on Monday. He belonged to a visually impaired man, Dave Furukawa, for four years as his guide dog and his canine companion. The owner was walking his 4-year-old son, Will, to school and as they were trying to cross the road, a car suddenly ran through the stop sign. Just as he was trained to do, Simon jumped in front of them and ended up getting struck by the car instead.
"What people have said is that Simon either got up or jumped out, and pushed my son out of the path of the car," said Furukawa about his hero. "This is true loyalty and courage."
The dog was said to have a broken leg and a gash, along with internal bleeding. However, Simon followed behind the boy as he was carried out of harm’s way, despite his fatal injuries, to make sure he was okay. Will did not have any injuries but his dad sustained a broken elbow, heel and knee in the accident.
The family was safe but this remarkable dog passed away en route to an emergency vet clinic. He was definitely a hero and will be remembered as such.
Even though Simon can’t be replaced in their hearts, Furukawa will be given another guide dog by Pilot Dogs, Inc.based in Ohio.
As for the driver of the car that hit the dog, they were cited for running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians.
Simon will always be remembered by his heroic act. He was not only a beloved family dog, but he used his instincts to protect his loved ones and gave his life doing it.
© Kim Brandow 2013