A Border Collie Named Saul Rescued His Owner Who Fell 70-Feet While Hiking In Tahoe National Forest

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The definition of a “good boy.”

Saul, a black border collie, is being hailed a hero after rescuing his owner after he fell 70 feet in the Tahoe National Forest last week.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Saul’s 53-year-old owner had called 911 on his cellphone, saying he had broken his hip and some ribs from the fall.

While the owner was calling for help, rescuers were able to contact his friend, who sent them to his campsite. However, the 25 man crew didn’t find the injured hiker right away.

Sgt. Dennis Haack explained to KCRA-TV:

“As our searchers got to the area and found the camp, they couldn’t find him… so they spread out and searched the area.”

While the search party was looking for the fallen hiker, Saul rushed to the rescuers, and was able to send them to the area where his owner had fell.

The rescuers said:

“Saul ran through the forest approximately 200 yards and in true ‘Lassie’ fashion to flag down two searchers and led them back to the subject which was covered in a camo tarp.”

Rescuers were then able to successfully retrieve the hiker, and take him to a landing zone where he was airlifted to a hospital.

It’s pretty crazy how dogs almost have a sixth sense when they know that somebody close to them is in distress.

In fact, a study from Science Daily has shown that dogs indeed have what seems to be a sixth sense. One of the lead authors wrote in the study:

“What’s fascinating about this study is that it shows that dogs really care about their people. Even without training, many dogs will try and rescue people who appear to be in distress—and when they fail, we can still see how upset they are.

The results from the control tests indicate that dogs who fail to rescue their people are unable to understand what to do—it’s not that they don’t care about their people.”

Pup is a hero.

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