An abandoned dog was nicknamed Hero after persistently barking to alert and lead passersby to a litter of sick, freezing puppies in the woods of Dallas, Texas.
The 10 puppies and their mother were alone in the woods, sick from the cold. Hero reportedly spent weeks avoiding rescue workers until Tuesday night, when his incessant barking led them to the family of dogs.
“When I got there in the evening, Hero was barking really loudly,” rescue worker Marina Tarashevsce said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends Weekend" program. “And it wasn't just a regular bark. He just wouldn't stop and it sounded like he was in distress of some sort."
Tarashevsce said she immediately suspected that Hero was trying to alert her to Mona, another dog that was Hero’s constant companion.
“I had suspected that [Mona was] pregnant, so that's why I followed him," she said. "I still can't believe it, that he actually led me to the puppies. But I'm so thankful because we wouldn't have found them otherwise."
Tarashevsce was with dog behaviorist John Miller, who knew from the minute Hero began to bark that they needed to follow him.
“He led us right to the puppies," Tarashevsce added. "He led us to a creek by the woods. And we heard little yelping of the puppies, so this is how we found them."
The rescue worker said Hero, Mona and the puppies now live together in a foster home and are doing great. Tarashevsce and her organization, Dallas Dogrrr, plan to find homes for the puppies once they are weaned from their mother.