Audrey Stone,, who is legally blind, spent months in a rehabilitation hospital after her “guardian angel” guide dog jumped in front of a bus to save her back in June. But she vowed to get well enough to be able to bring her faithful dog back home. This week, the pair were reunited after months apart.
“Oh, my good boy,” she exclaimed as she petted her golden retriever, Figo, who had surgery himself. “You’re home — finally!”
Back in June, the pair were crossing a busy street near Stone’s home in Brewster at around 8:15 a.m. when a mini school bus came flying towards them. Figo dove in front of his owner to protect her from the oncoming mini-bus.
“Basically, he would have died for me, doing what he did,” said Stone.
Stone had been with her loyal service dog Figo for about 6 ½ years before the June 8 crash. The bus driver, who said he didn’t see Stone and the dog, was ticketed.
Figo, got donor-paid care at Middlebranch Veterinary, then returned to the Guide Dog Foundation to make sure he’d be able to continue as a guide dog after the traumatic incident. Trainer Doug Wiggin even took Figo to the accident site but didn’t find any signs of trouble, so he was allowed to be reunited with Stone.
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