Dynamite comes in small packages! Or at least that’s what Hook, a little Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix must believe. This heroic little dog from Sacramento, California saved the life of his human recently, by pulling her off of some train tracks at the last second. Both survived the harrowing event, and Hook is being lauded as a local hero!
“He’s had basic training where he goes out and learns the commands and such to go out in public,” said Dan Herman, Hook’s human dad. Hook lives with him and his wife, Joyce. “But the stuff I’ve seen him do is like intuitive-type stuff.”
Joyce is hearing impaired, and Hook is her licensed service dog. Joyce has problems hearing environmental sounds, especially when outdoors.
“When there are competing noises, I have like a 50-50 hearing loss,” said Joyce.
This is in part what caused the little guy to make a heroic move. Hook and Joyce were crossing a busy intersection, and Joyce didn’t hear the RT train coming up behind her. With all the traffic and her hearing issues, things were about to get dangerous, fast.
“I was probably in the middle of the street and then Hook started jumping on me,” said Joyce. “When I got to the track, Hook just pulled me off the track.”
The train ended up missing Joyce by only issues. Her husband Dan is still in shock from the incident, however he is so glad that Hook was around to help.
“I mean, here’s a dog who’s never been trained to take someone off the railroad tracks, to pull them away or warn them, so I think he’s got an intuitive nature,” said Dan.
Hook is now recognized as a local hero, and his efforts have landed him a spot in the upcoming Hero Dogs Awards! If you’d like to vote for Hook, you can click here to be taken to the voting page. Voting takes place up to August 24th, and the winner will be announced in September.