A beloved guide dog died after he pushed a 4-year-old Atlanta boy away from the path of a moving car that ran a stop sign — seconds after the pooch was struck, the owner said.There is a picture of Furukawa and Simon sleeping with a baby Will, which is priceless. As a guide dog, Simon kept his owner safe, being his eyes. But he loved the child enough to, although already having been hit by a car, get up and push the boy out of the way. Having been hit by a car, I can tell you that I'm not sure even I would have the presence of mind to do that. I was kind of in shock, and couldn't even grasp at first what had happened.
Dave Furukawa — the visually-impaired owner of the brindle boxer, Simon — said he was walking his son, Will, to school when a red Chrysler ran through the stop sign and hit the pooch as they crossed a street on Monday.
But the brave dog bounced back up in time to push Will out of the way, witnesses said.
“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.”RIP, Simon. You were a brave and good dog. And please folks, slow down and pay attention to paedestrians. A car sped through a stop sign and killed this brave animal and nearly mowed down the humans with him. Running late, playing with your phone, whatever causes the distraction--it's not worth a life.
The family rushed the injured 80-pound dog to an emergency vet, but Simon died on the way.