Friday the 13th is Banner’s lucky day.
This yellow Labrador retriever is Larry Colbert’s seeing eye dog. Colbert and Banner were riding in a taxi to Phoenix Airport. The man heard Banner yelp in the taxi but didn’t know what was wrong.
When they got out of the taxi, Colbert noticed that his dog was limping a little and that his own hands were sticky. He had no idea how severe Banner’s injuries were.
A security officer first noticed that Banner was gushing blood from his leg and standing in a pool of blood. He asked Colbert if he needed help. Then six Southwest Airlines employees also came over to help.
One employee managed to grip Banner’s leg tight enough to stop the blood flow. Meanwhile, Colbert called his girlfriend to come to the airport to take Banner to the animal hospital.
The same employee holding Banner’s leg carried the 72 pound dog to the car and rode with them to the vet. All during that time, he was still gripping Banner’s leg.
From Arizona Republic:
Banner is recovering from surgery for his 5 inch gash and several severed arteries in his leg. The vet said that he would have bled to death if he didn’t receive any help or treatment. It is still a mystery of how Banner got cut.
“If I hadn’t paid attention to his little limp, I believe he would have gotten me all the way to where I needed to go, and bled to death in the process,” Colbert said. “He would have worked until he dropped. How many people have that kind of commitment?”
“I can’t say enough about Southwest Airlines and the employees who helped me,” Colbert said. “I travel a lot for business, and traveling without Banner is a major hassle. On Friday the 13th, there were angels with us.”