You could call it a real-life Lassie story, but one family is calling this even better. A man says his chocolate lab came to his rescue after an accident on the family property left him seriously injured and in fear for his life.
"I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Henry," said Frank Walker of Clarksville, referring to his 10-year-old chocolate lab.
Henry's an old dog who loves nothing in the world more than Frank Walker.
"Henry's pretty special," said Frank Walker's wife, Jane Walker. "He and Frank have a special bond. Henry never lets Frank out of his sight."
Until one day last month, Frank Walker never knew how important that bond was. He was cutting down a tree on his Deerwood Road property when the tree toppled on the left side of his body, trapping him for three hours. Losing blood, Frank Walker had no air to cry for help.
"It pretty well shattered my left arm and my left leg and my spleen," said Frank Walker. "Seven ribs cracked."
"Frank said he knew that if he lost consciousness, he was probably not going to make it," said Jane Walker. "Henry was right there as a companion, kept him alert, nudged him. He licked him. I'm sure that's the reason Frank is still with us."
Hearing Frank Walker struggling, a neighbor stepped outside, with Henry barking to get his attention.
"Henry went down and met him and greeted him," said Frank Walker. "Henry barked and led him back up to where I was."
The neighbor dialed 911 and a medical helicopter arrived to take Frank Walker to Vanderbilt. Henry tried to ride along.
Friday, with "Get Well" balloons still outside, Frank Walker was finally back home from the hospital. A very protective Henry checked out everyone who came close to his best friend.
"I sleep in a chair, and he sleeps next to me every night," said Frank Walker. "He's happy to have me home."
According to Frank Walker, that's just Henry playing his role as guardian.
"He just has that special love," he said. "I think he's just a special dog - super dog."
Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
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