A Noble Canine

  • conservativej...

    Posts: 2465

    Dec 18, 2013 3:38 PM GMT

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    NEW YORK —


    Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty.

    The black Lab bravely leapt on to the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.

    Cecil Williams, 61, and Orlando both escaped serious injury when the train passed over top of them — a miraculous end to a harrowing ordeal that began when Williams began to feel faint on his way to the dentist.

    "He tried to hold me up," the emotional Williams told The Associated Press from his hospital bed, his voice breaking at times.

    Witnesses said Orlando began barking frantically and tried to stop Williams from falling from the platform. Matthew Martin told the New York Post that Orlando jumped down and tried to rouse Williams even as a train approached.

    "He was kissing him, trying to get him to move," Martin said.

    Witnesses called for help and the train's motorman slowed his approach as Williams and Orlando lie in the trench between the rails.

    "The dog saved my life," Williams said.

    As Williams regained consciousness, he said he heard someone telling him to be still. Emergency workers put him on a stretcher and pulled him from the subway, and made sure Orlando was not badly injured.

    "I'm feeling amazed," Williams said. "I feel that God, the powers that be, have something in store for me. They didn't take me away this time. I'm here for a reason."

    Williams was taken to a hospital where he is expected to recover, with Orlando at his bedside. Williams, a large bandage on his head, said he is not sure why he lost consciousness, but he is on insulin and other medications.

    Orlando, described by Williams as serious but laid-back, was making new friends at the hospital. He will be rewarded with some kind of special treat, Williams said, along with plenty of affection and scratches behind the ears.

    "(He) gets me around and saves my life on a daily basis," Williams said.

    Williams, of Brooklyn, has been blind since 1995, and Orlando is his second dog. The lab will be 11 on Jan. 5, and will be retiring soon, Williams said. His medical benefits will cover a new guide dog but won't pay for a non-working dog, so he'll be looking for a good home for Orlando.

    If he had the money, Williams said, "I would definitely keep him."

    Copyright The Associated Press
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 18, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
    Nice. I hope some kind group finds the cash to let him keep Orlando. Shouldn't be much, a kind vet and a few bucks a month for food would do it. I do kind of bristle when I read mindless comments about GOD saving someone. As though the poor people who do die in front of trains was because GOD decided to let them die. It wasn't GOD that saved him-- it was DOG that saved him.
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    Dec 18, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidNice. I hope some kind group finds the cash to let him keep Orlando. Shouldn't be much, a kind vet and a few bucks a month for food would do it. I do kind of bristle when I read mindless comments about GOD saving someone. As though the poor people who do die in front of trains was because GOD decided to let them die. It wasn't GOD that saved him-- it was DOG that saved him.


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    A dog is never selfish when it comes to his owner !
  • hebrewman

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    Dec 18, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    and that is why i prefer dogs over people any day.
    good on ya mate. why can't he keep orlando? he's been with him so long and it would be heartbreaking to split them up.