A family dog is being hailed a hero after he saved the life of the family’s ten-year-old son. The Riley family was out for a walk with their dog Geo when a speeding pick-up truck was heading straight for Charlie Riley. Geo, a 7-month-old German-Shepherd-Collie mix, bravely knocked Charlie out of the path of danger.
Last Thursday, Charlie Riley was walking Geo with his mom and two brothers near their home in Clacton, England. “We were waiting to cross the road, when I just heard a car going really fast,” said Charlie’s mom, Carly Riley. “Then a pick-up truck mounted the curb, and the next thing I know is Geo has pushed Charlie out of the way.” Geo was hit by the truck so hard that he was thrown into the road. The truck hit Geo again while he was in the road and drove off. Police are continuing to search for the driver of the pickup truck.
Geo was badly injured and is now recovering in the care of veterinarians. He sustained a fractured back and leg. He has had operations on both. Veterinarians believe he will make a full recovery. The Rileys hope that they will have Geo home again next week. The family is facing expensive vet bills, estimated around £8,000, for Geo’s care. “It wasn’t a question of getting him put down, we want him fixed no matter what it costs. He’s family,” said Carly.
“I call him Geo the hero because he saved my life,” said Charlie, who misses his best friend and playmate. The family has set up a Facebook page titled Geo the Hero to give updates on Geo’s recovery. Anyone wishing to donate to help with Geo’s vet bills can do so through paypal by sending donations to firstname.lastname@example.org.