Superheroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds.
On Sunday, a rescue dog named Yeti (formerly known as Abel) who was once a popular pup at Arizona’s Verde Valley Humane Society, proved that he’s not only sweet with a big, goofy smile, but also brave and heroic.
As the Camp Verde Bugle reports, the one-year-old pit bull mix joined his family on an outing to Wet Beaver Creek over the weekend. That’s when his little human pal, six-year-old kindergartner Fallon Lennox fell into the water. Fallon’s dad, Tommy, described how the newly adopted pup — the Lennox family had only brought Yeti home three weeks prior — jumped into the creek after the boy, rushing to save him.
Fallon doesn’t know how to swim yet, and the little boy tumbled into a part of the creek that’s too deep for him to stand.
“It was too cold, they weren’t supposed to be swimming, and Fallon fell in the river and got swept down the river toward the little falls. All the adults were running to him and couldn’t get to him – the dog got to him and pushed him up to shore,” they boy’s dad told Camp Verde Bugle.
According to Mr. Lennox, Yeti not only ran after Fallon, the dog also used his body to block the rushing water and helped push the struggling child towards safety.
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“The dog literally pushed him to the person that was closest … He’s Fallon’s best friend,” said Lennox, who fed the courageous pup Angus hamburger and a sausage for dinner as a thank you.
Indeed, the whole family is thanking their lucky stars that they decided to choose Yeti that day at the Humane Society. Currently 86 pounds, they were initially worried the pooch was too large. Now they know that the biggest part of their beloved dog is his mighty heart.