Hero dog summons sanitation worker for help after 88-year-old owner falls

GLENDALE, Calif. — A dog in California was able to summon help after his 88-year-old owner had fallen to the ground and was unable to call for assistance.

Glendale sanitation worker Kirk White thought something was amiss July 10 when Sandy, an 11-year-old dog along his route, was not in his usual place, KTLA reported.

"The way he was barking and he would look to the left like I have something to show you," White told KABC.

Sandy led White around to the back of the house where Gwendola Morgan Johnson was sprawled out on the ground beneath the blazing sun.

Johnson saw White pulling up her cans like he normally does, however, he was not able to see her.

"When I saw (White), I said to Sandy, 'You go get him,' so he did," Johnson told KTLA.

Surveillance video shows the barking dog approach White, then take him to Johnson. White then helped Johnson to her feet and made sure she was not injured.

“I know it was very hot that Friday… seeing someone in the sun, that wasn’t right at all,” White told KTLA. “(I was) just helping another human, that’s what we’re supposed to do.”

Sandy's loyalty and intelligence now has White thinking about getting a dog.

“We can learn something from animals,” he said.