"A breed of satin and steel. Pit bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business, all wrapped up in love."

-D. Caroline Coile

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pit Bull Saves Owner

On Saturday morning, Kathryn Bales, and her service dog, Bonnie, were involved in a serious, roll-over car accident.

Though Good Samaritans tried to pry open the doors, the vehicle was too severely damaged - Bonnie and Kathryn were trapped inside.

Those trying to help finally decided to shatter the windows - Kathryn covered herself and her dog, a 6 yr-old Pit bull, with her coat to protect them from the shards of glass.

Kathryn was still trapped inside of the damaged vehicle - the roof was crushed and she was unable to pull herself free from the wreckage.

Thankfully, Bonnie was there to help.

Bonnie did not want to leave her companion - Kathryn had to order her out of the car.

As Bonnie began to crawl out, Kathryn gripped her service harness and ordered Bonnie to pull.

Bonnie, though shocky and frightened from the horrific car accident, did as she was instructed - she pulled Kathryn free from the damaged vehicle.

When the emergency medical teams arrived, they checked out both Kathryn and Bonnie for injuries.

Kathryn was transported to a hospital and one of the EMTs went above and beyond - taking Bonnie home until Kathryn was released.

By the time that Kathryn was out of the hospital, Bonnie was back to her usual happy, bouncy self.

Bales shared the following,

I have worked with other breeds, but when Bonnie needs to retire, my next service dog will also be a pit bull. They are an incredible animal and so intuitive to the needs of their handler.

Bonnie and Kathryn have been an inseparable team for five years. Bonnie showed her stuff when she was a mere 4 months of age - another dog "in the running" was trying to be coaxed to pick up a phone and bring it to Kathryn.

Bonnie - still so young and not yet trained - picked up the phone and brought it to Kathryn of her own accord. In that moment, Kathryn knew just how special this pup was.

Good job Bonnie!

Penny Eims

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