The legally blind woman, who sprang between an oncoming mini-school bus and her 6-year-old golden retriever Figo, wished to speak quietly about her family and Figo, who was killed on Monday by an oncoming mini-school bus in Brewster.
“He needs the Purple Heart from the president,” Stone joked.
Buddy, Stone’s second service dog, came from the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation, along with Leilani, Stone’s first service dog, both golden retrievers.
“We clicked right immediately,” Stone remarked of her first encounter with Figo.
The relationship between Stone and her husband is solid. We defend each other, love each other, and even defend each other.
As Stone and Figo were walking home from Brewster on Monday, they passed the firehouse on their way to their home on North Main Street. “I told him to cross the street,” Stone claimed when they reached Michael Neuner Drive. “Fast forward,” I murmured. We were in the middle of the street, and everything happened so quickly, but many claim he simply leapt in front of the bus.” Stone asserts.
The Brewster schools mini-school bus was transporting two kindergartners to St. Lawrence O’Toole Childhood Learning Center. The motorist, who has been pulled off the road awaiting an inquiry, never saw Stone or her dog.
Figo’s right paw was damaged in the collision, and Stone does not recall much of it other than Figo crawling towards her side.
“I had a feeling he’d be in a lot of agony,” Stone added. “I remember seeing him, and his paw was dripping wet as he came over to me.”
The look on his face was one of shock, and I had a battleground look,” she said. “Figo staring at me, wanting to get close, but he didn’t know what to do since he knew I was in pain.”
Figo underwent surgery at Middlebranch Veterinary in Southeast to close a wound on his right front leg. According to a staff member, Figo’s leg is in a sling and he is on the mend.
Stone and Figo’s tale quickly went viral when it was published on Monday, with news sources hurrying to highlight the service dog whose efforts spared a horrible end. Readers from Atlanta and North Dakota contacted Lohud.com to show their support.
Positive sentiments are also being sent by those closer to home.
Figo, who goes up for communion but does not accept it, attends Trinity Lutheran Church, as does Stone. Boyd visited Stone in the hospital on Tuesday.
Boyd was distressed to learn about the event.
“They walk there regularly. It is a common road for them.” Audrey and Figo have known each other for many years. It is true that he needs to stay where he is in order to recover, and she needs to stay where she is in order to heal, but it would be better for both of them if we could bring them together soon.”
It’s unclear when Stone and her four-legged companion will be able to spend time together again. Doctors want to keep an eye on her and perform further surgery and then rehab.
Despite her confidence, Stone did add that they both survived the incident. “It would have been heartbreaking if he were murdered,” she said.
My friend once moved between me and my cart at the grocery store so that a shopping cart wouldn’t roll down the aisle.
She had expected to receive medical treatment of a different type on Monday.
While she was contemplating her reasons for missing the surgery on her infected tooth, she wondered if she had a legitimate excuse.