Figo is a golden retriever and service dog to Audrey Stone from Brewster, NY. Audrey is legally blind. Figo was helping her cross the street but Audrey was unable to detect the oncoming, turning minibus.
Figo instinctually threw himself in front of the bus which softened the impact. Both Figo and Audrey are OK but suffered a few injuries.
“Basically, he would have died for me, doing what he did,” Audrey said in 2015.
Audrey suffered a broken ankle, elbow, and ribs. Figo had a serious gash on his legs. Both she and Figo required surgery to get back into fighting shape. The bus driver was ticketed.
Figo inspired Audrey during her recovery, all she wanted was to reunite with her hero. Audrey isn’t fully blind and has 8 by 10 inch photos of Figo which she can make out. Before getting a guide dog, she used a cane.
“It gets me out more,” she said of having a service dog.
Dogs trained by the local Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind are trained to avoid oncoming traffic, though turning vehicles are most difficult. They are also taught to put themselves between their handlers and potential danger.
Donors proud of Figo paid for his care and rehabilitation. The dog even received an award for his valor. The two were finally able to reunite in this touching moment.