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I just received this from our Neighborhood Watch Block Captain. It reinforces the need for us to carry some form of identification while on walkies and our dog's microchip information is up to date. This is necessary whether a health issue, pedestrian/vehicle incident, or criminal confrontation. It is heartwarming to see that the dog stayed with his master, even in the rain. This dog may have very well saved his master's life! What a magnificent animal! Most dogs don't win contests, or are a smarty pants, or stand out in any way. They are first and foremost our companions who are dedicated to us above all else! They deserve the same from us.
Be safe out there.
At the Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Wednesday, January 11th, those in attendance were told about an incident that happened almost two weeks ago now. This is a reminder to keep Identification with you at all times, and have a dog tag and/or chip on your dog.
Basically, here is what happened.
It was a rainy day and a gentleman went out for a walk with his dog. He never made it home. Thank goodness the dog stayed with the man as that is how they found him. The man was unseen to anyone driving by, but someone stopped when she saw the dog just sitting there in the rain at the back gate area. The owner had a stroke and fell into the hedges.
While the woman didn't have a cell phone, she got to the closest person she could to call for help and some friends of ours were driving by and stopped to help as well.
The man had no identification, no cell phone, no fob. The paramedics took him to San Gorgonio as a John Doe, our friends did what they could and notified management and gave a really good description of the man as well as the dog. They then took the dog to the nearest vet to see if it had a chip. I believe the dog did have a chip, but the information was so old, it didn't help.
The wife of the man who fell ill called the main lodge to see if anyone had seen her husband and thank goodness Sapphire had the description of the man and dog. The wife of the man who fell ill then went to the hospital, but he wasn't there and they had no record of him being there as he didn't have a name.
The woman called and spoke to Saphhire again and thankfully Sapphire called the police department to see if they knew anything, and they advised that due to the severity of the injury, the gentleman was transferred out to a Desert Hospital.
This is a very good lesson for all walkers and just anyone even walking over to the lodge or driving, etc. Some people may know your first name, but not your last name.
Please take care and always carry identification with you. I also carry my medical card too. Never can be too sure what can happen.
P.S. - the gentlemen is still currently hospitalized and had blood clots in his leg that traveled to his brain and caused an anureysm. All he was doing, was walking his dog.
PD Offier Josh G. also attended the meeting and reminded us to be watchful at all times while going to the store and any shopping. Especially while putting groceries, or other items into your vehicle during inclimate weather. Just be aware of your surroundings.
Tigerlily's Welcome to the Jungle (Ricky Ricardo)
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