Havelock, North Carolina â€” It could have been a scene right out of the classic TV show â€œLassie,â€ but this time the hero was a little fox terrier named Dottie.
The 4-year-old black, white and brown dog is credited with bringing help to her master after he had fallen while on a walk at Flanners Beach over the weekend.
â€œSheâ€™s my little hero,â€ said Glenn Walker, 88, of Havelock, recalling the event Sunday in which he was helpless in some rocks and brush for more than four hours.
Walker had taken Dottie on a leash down to the banks of the Neuse River to see how sheâ€™d react to the salt water.
â€œWe were walking down by the river, and it was mighty hot and I decided to head back toward some shade,â€ Walker said. â€œI was climbing over those rocks to get into the shade and I fell down and I couldnâ€™t get up. I think I must have had a minor heat stroke. I donâ€™t know.â€
Walker, a 22-year Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II and Korea, said he was too weak to stand after the fall.
â€œI didnâ€™t have any strength,â€ he said.
He still had Dottie by the leash, but as the hours slipped by without anyone noticing his plight, Walker let the dog go.
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