Badger is a loyal Lab-Rottweiler mix who at the age of 11, was inducted in the 47th annual Purina Hall of Fame. The Purina Hall of Fame showcases and honors the heroic efforts of pets.
Badger was abandoned in the woods as a puppy and rescued by Derik Hodgson, a 71-year-old retiree, over 10 years ago. Derik, who lives alone in a remote cabin in Elgin, Ontario, grew to rely on Badger soon after bringing him home. Little did Derik know that Badger would eventually save his life.
One day while out trying to photograph bald eagles, Derik slipped and fell on the lake ice. He ripped his tendons and broke his leg in two places. He couldn’t stand up, didn’t have his cell phone with him, told nobody where he was going to be that day, and it was well below freezing out. Derik knew that his only hope of survival was Badger.
Derik called Badger to him, grabbed onto his collar and yelled “Mush!” Knowing what to do, Badger dragged his human all the way back up to the cabin despite a steep incline. Once there, Derik was able to reach for the phone and call 911 for help. Simply amazing how this rescued puppy saved his human in turn!
Derik and Badger were presented with a painting of Badger along with a medal.
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