There had been numerous accounts of dogs laying down their lives for others. Some dogs did not make it. Others made miraculous recoveries like what happened in South Africa to a German Shepherd named Duke.
Duke and his owner, Gino Wensel, were taking a walk around lunchtime along the streets of Portland when they met a stranger. Gino was not sure what the stranger’s intention was, but Duke was immediately defensive. Duke bared his teeth and growled to warn the stranger not to come closer.
The stranger might have gotten scared and reacted violently. He took out a knife and stabbed Duke’s head. Then he ran away from the scene.
Gino was too distraught to run after the attacker. He feared for Duke’s life, so he immediately took him to the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa, an organization that offered veterinary services to disadvantaged communities. Duke was drifting in and out of consciousness, and the medical team knew that they had to act fast.
The team sedated Duke and took x-rays of his head to see the extent of the knife’s damage. They prayed that it was still possible to save his life. According to Allan Perrins, AWSSA’s spokesman, the x-ray showed that, by some miracle, the knife missed his brain by a few millimeters.
The vet was able to remove the knife safely and stitch up the wound. Duke had to stay at the clinic for several days for observation and complete recovery.
Gino was very relieved to hear the news that Duke would make it. When Gino came by the clinic to pick him up after a few days, they had a very touching reunion. Duke was too happy to see his dad again that he kept dancing around his dad’s legs.
Since Duke was a puppy, Gino took care of him, so the love and bond they shared had gotten strong over the years. It was no wonder why Duke would go to such great lengths to save Gino.
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