A pet dog kept its owner from certain death when the hapless man crashed his car in an Australian mountain range. Herbert Schultz was relatively unharmed after he drove his 4×4 into a tree, but as he tried to clamber to safety, the car rolled over, trapping him under the chassis.
Schultz lay there in agony for four days with a fractured skull, two broken hips and a dislocated shoulder in temperatures that fell to as low as four degrees C. Luckily, Schultz’s faithful sheepdog, Boydy, was on hand to offer assistance.
Boydy didn’t, unfortunately, have the capacity to ‘do a Lassie’ and call for help, neither could he drive the stricken vehicle off the man’s body, as some driving dogs might. But he was able to cuddle up to Mr Schultz, providing valuable warmth when temperatures dropped to levels that might induce hypothermia.
Boydy’s mere presence eventually alerted Mr Schultz’ neighbours, who had initially believed the car was empty.
“We saw the car and that no one was in it,” said Eric Merett. “Then his dog ran around the front of the car and then we heard him call for the dog. That’s when we found him. Even when we found him, the dog ran straight to his side and cuddled up to him. He didn’t want to leave him even then,” Mr Merett added.
Mr Merett said he’d found Boydy’s hair all over Mr Schultz, a sure sign the dog had provided valuable heat to combat the low night-time temperatures.
Not all animals in the vicinity of the accident were as helpful as Boydy. Mr Schultz later told reporters that several of his horses had approached his stricken vehicle and accidentally trampled him while walking around the wreckage, exacerbating the man’s internal injuries.
Doctors have described Mr Schultz condition as still being serious. But the man’s family have confirmed he is conscious and lucid.
Via: Daily Mail