Local Retriever in Running for Title of ‘Hero Dog’


lolly_dog.jpgMaggie Wall/KMXT

A Kodiak dog is among those being considered for the title "Hero Dog" by the Humane Society of the United States.

Lolly, a big golden retriever, saved the life of her owner who had fallen into a deep hole in the Buskin River last fall and was in imminent danger of drowning.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall has the details.

-((Vote Lolly 4:59 "A great afternoon…once a day."))

A great afternoon of silver fishing on the Buskin River took a bad turn when Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan accidently stepped into a deep hole near the shoreline.

-((Vote Lolly 1 2:11 "Last September…stuff was too big."))

But Hollis-Buchanan wasn’t safe yet. Hypothermia was setting in and she made a lot of bad decisions:

-((Vote Lolly 2 :29 "Well then I start..Lolly was trying to keep me warm."))

The problems continued…what’s a good Alaska fishing story without a bear. Her friends knew about the bear, Hollis-Buchanan didn’t:

-((Vote Lolly 3 :12 "There’s a bear…looking for me."))

Fortunately, her friends got her home safely and she recovered. Now -Hollis-Buchanan is able to use her experience to help others:

-((Vote Lolly 4 1:36 "Do you have…middle of the river these days."))

You can vote for Lolly as "Hero Dog" by typing in her name on the Humane Society of America’s website. Lolly is listed under "emerging hero dogs."

The deadline for voting is July 31. And the rules say you can vote once a day.

I’m Maggie Wall.

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