Looks like this army vet doubles as an animal vet. After witnessing a hit-and-run involving a heartless asshole driving a car and a beagle, Aaron Schneider, a U.S. Army Reserve Iraq War veteran, jumped into action.
Schneider crossed three lanes of traffic on foot and put himself in between oncoming traffic and the dog until he was able to coax the injured beagle off of the interstate, according to reports.
Initially, he tried picking the beagle up, but the dog was in substantial pain and was defensive, so Schneider called 911 and was then referred to animal control for assistance.
After waiting with the injured pup for hours in the rain, Schneider and a friend were finally able to get the dog to warm up to them. They then stretchered him up and transported him to an animal clinic.
“At the end of the day, my combat lifesaver training kicked in, and I’m thankful I was able to use it to help him,” said Schneider. “Having served in Iraq, you see a lot of loss, which is one of the reasons I was determined to see him make it.”
The dog, named Buster by the staff at the animal clinic, suffers from broken ribs, a torn windpipe, and internal bleeding, but is expected to make a full recovery. This is good news for both Buster and Schneider, because due to Buster’s lack of identification, it is likely that Schneider will take his new buddy home with him after he is discharged.
Stories like this just warm my heart. They also make me wish dogs genuinely liked me and didn’t just use my legs as humping posts. It’s getting pretty annoying. I mean, I know I’m a bitch, but that doesn’t mean I’m your bitch. You still have to woo me first. Share your Kibbles ‘n Bits with me, let me lick all of the peanut butter out of your kong, slurp-split a noodle with me behind an Italian restaurant–maybe after that, I’ll let Big Red come out to play, but that’s still just a maybe.
The Soldier’s Creed says never leave a fallen comrade, and Schneider did not. What a great American.