Guide dog killed while performing final heroic act

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ATLANTA, Ga. -- A family in Atlanta is mourning the loss of a beloved guide dog who died after performing one final heroic act.

The dog's owner was walking his son to school on Monday. Simon, the owner's guide dog, was by their side.

As they approached an intersection, witnesses said a car ran a stop sign and struck Simon before hitting the dog's owner. Only seconds after he was struck, Simon, an 80-pound Boxer, pushed his owner's child to safety.

"This is true loyalty and courage," Dave Furukawa, the dog's owner, told WXIA.

Furukawa, who is visually impaired, has counted on Simon as his companion and guide for the last four years.

Bystanders said the dog's protective instinct kicked in, despite injuries that would prove to be fatal.

"What people have said is that Simon either got up or jumped out, and pushed my son out of the path of the car," said Furukawa.

Family members rushed Simon to an emergency vet clinic, but the boxer died on the way.

Atlanta police say the driver was cited with running a stop sign and failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Read more: WXIA


  • charles D. Hedgecock

    It’s a bit complicated, because, many of those with junk in their yards and on their front porches;;may be renters;;and how does the city enforce against renters. And then would it not be un-constitutional to fine the owners who are the landlords;;;who don’t own the junk or un-sitely items;;;and so many of those you are wanting to fine;;;are the very poor and dis-advantaged;;and they very well may not have the money for the fine;;;and in those cases ;;where is your leverage;;do you evict them;;;when they may can do no better and then they become homeless and many already be on welfare and foodstamps and /or on help from other charitable groups. It’s not as easy as you think.;;Much of this is brought on by the fact that people as a rule do not take care of someone else’s property as they would if they owned the property. So, while we that are better off than the poor and would like to see them clean up their yards and porches, we may be placing a further burden on the poor by issuing fines and the like;;;which may just add more problems to the mix. The problem may be a sign of the times with the loss of our solid manufacturing base and the fact that less people can actually own their own homes in today’s economy;;;especially with the continually rising property taxes and the like. So to all you ‘big do-gooders” that don’t like couches etc on front porches and maybe a car kicked to the curb;;need to think twice before ‘throwing rocks’ and bitching and moaning about the ugly ‘tall grass’ and weeds’ etc. etc.And in fact, more fines;;are just another tax on top of the already too high property taxes;;and there comes a time when it loses it’s leverage. Just look at Detroit, Michigan;;;with all the residents leaving and the homes now vacant and have become the dens of roving packs of wild dogs that is now an un-reported crisis with people getting bit at alarming rates and the city not having the money or the where-with-all to deal with it. The fact is the City itself brought upon itself much of the depressed home values, by corruption and more and more higher fees, fines and taxes till the people could not afford;;and so they left, their homes were re-posessed by the city for un-paid property taxes and fees and the city now owns more homes than they can afford to tear down and demolish and haul away. Only now the city is bankrupt and is receiving monetary help from another tax payer fund called the “American Tax Payer” to the tune of $300,000, 000;; that’s 3 Hundred Millions of dollars. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s the bad economic times;;that’s causing much of this distress and depression. And all the Media wants to do is ”throw more rocks at hurting people’ that right now can’t do any better”

  • charles D. Hedgecock

    What a wonderful story that I don’t doubt for a second. Dogs are such a blessing from Heaven and perform such selfless acts daily in our world. Truly, what would this world be without this wonderful creature that serves us in so many heroic ways. Just look at the ‘seeing eye dogs’ as well as those many rescue dogs;;and also dogs that serve us with their wonderful sense of smell in crimefighting to sniff out explosives and illegal drugs. Also, what about those dogs that can actually sniff out cancers and other diseases. There are wonderful stories of courage and selfless acts by these marvelous creatures. When God made the Dog, he made a wonderful caring creature;and truly it is well said that ‘The dog has more than any other animal has fulfilled the ‘whole full measure of its creation’. Thank you all for that wonderful story of courage and devotion by this family pet.

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