Dave Furukawa, the visually-impaired owner of Simon, a brindle boxer, was walking his son, Will, to school when a red Chrysler ran through the stop sign and hit the dog as they crossed a street on Monday. The courageous boxer was hit by the vehicle, but bounced up soon enough to save little Will’s life. His owner, the visually-impaired Dave Furukawa, said the brindle boxer revealed “true loyalty and courage.”
“What people have said is that Simon either got up or jumped out, and pushed my son out of the path of the car,” Furukawa told WXIA-TV.
A number of bystanders raced over to the boy and picked him up from the ground. As they carried him to his mother down the street, Simon hobbled alongside. “Broken leg, and he had a gash on his side and he had internal bleeding – but he followed home,” Furukawa said. “Once he was sure Will was okay, he laid down.” The family rushed the injured 80-pound dog to an emergency vet, but Simon died on the way.
Cops later cited the car’s driver, Calvin Armour, with running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, the NBC affiliate reported. Police said Armour was driving at a high rate of speed when he went through the intersection, the station reported.
Pilot Dogs, Inc. – the Columbus, Ohio, group who provided Simon to Furukawa said they will give the family another guide dog. But Furukawa said Simon’s spirit will never be forgotten.
“He’s been my eyes and buddy,” he said. “He loved my son.”
source: NY Daily News