THOMASVILLE, Ga. — In 2007, Shannon Lorio was speeding down a rural road in Georgia late at night when she lost control of her car. After fishtailing, she was thrown through the back windshield and landed, badly injured, down an embankment. Suddenly, she felt a “huge presence” breathing on her face. The presence would soon be known as Hero, a stray German Shepherd.
Lorio had a terrible argument with her husband that night when she stormed out and flew down the road in her car. She admits that she was going way too fast. She hit a curve and was thrown from her car. After her body landed down the embankment, vehicles drove past her without stopping because they couldn’t see her.
As she continued to dip in and out of consciousness because her brain was bleeding, she noticed that she was being pulled and tugged. Her guardian angel, the stray German Shepherd, had started to drag her back toward the road. In all, she was moved over 100 feet. She was finally seen by a passing vehicle. The stray dog helped her to her feet and Lorio was able to get help.
When she woke up in the hospital, the dog was gone.
What Lorio did know is that without this angel in the night, she wouldn’t have survived.
“That dog is always going to have a special place in my heart,” Lorio said. “He’s my hero.”
This story has a happy ending. Now named Hero, the stray dog was taken to the Humane Society where his courage and intelligence was noticed by a search and rescue trainer, Heidy Drawdy. The German Shepherd is now a certified search and rescue dog!