Buddy is a four-year-old beagle mix with golden fur and big brown eyes. He was adopted from a shelter by J.R. Nicholson, a rancher from San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year. Buddy enjoyed his new life with Nicholson, often riding tractors and spending hours roaming over the ranch. Just four months after he was adopted, Buddy proved his loyalty to Nicholson. On October 26, Nicholson, 85, began to feel dizzy. He told his ranch hand, Brian, to call an ambulance. The ambulance soon arrived and the paramedics helped Nicholson on board. But Buddy wasn’t about to leave his friend behind. As they drove away, Buddy, unknown to anyone, jumped onto the side step of the ambulance. Somehow he kept his balance as the ambulance rushed to the hospital.
Inside the ambulance, paramedic Tanner Brown was surprised when a passing motorist flagged him down. “There’s a dog on the side of the ambulance!” the driver yelled. “We didn’t have anything else to do but to load the dog up and take him to the ER with us,” Tanner said. Nicholson was released from the hospital later that day, and went home with Buddy, who was unscathed from his adventure. Nicholson was impressed with Buddy's loyalty.
When his ranch hand heard the story of Buddy's bravery, his first thought was of how Buddy could've been injured. Then he thought, "What an animal!"