Real-life Lassie: Border Collie leads rescuer to injured owner

Charlene Sakoda
Odd News

Cici, a black and white border collie mix was frantically running along Jackson, Missouri's busy Jackson Boulevard dragging her leash behind, when she was spotted by caring driver, Jefferson Fox. Fox was headed to Cape Girardeau at the time and told KFVS Heartland News, "I thought [she] was going to get hit, so I turned in at Shawnee and parked my car, ran down this embankment and found the dog at the next couple of houses."

Hero Jefferson Fox (KFVS)
Hero Jefferson Fox (KFVS)

The perceptive driver chased after the dog in hopes of assuring her safety but when she kept evading capture and led Fox to a house he made a realization. “The dog was very purposeful in its efforts to get me to come back to the house and I’m sure that it was out in the road trying to find someone,” said Fox.

Busy Jackson Boulevard where Cici led Jefferson Fox to her injured owner. (KFVS)
Busy Jackson Boulevard where Cici led Jefferson Fox to her injured owner. (KFVS)

Eventually Cici’s mission became clear to Fox who said, "We came down the side of the building and turned this corner. The garage door was standing open and she was laying in the floor, in front of her front door. She was bleeding from her chin and her knees." Cici’s elderly owner, a woman in her 70’s, was injured and shaking from the cold on her garage floor.

The garage where Jefferson Fox found the ailing owner. (KFVS)
The garage where Jefferson Fox found the ailing owner. (KFVS)

Fox arrived around 9:30 a.m. and was informed by the elderly woman that she had fallen around 5:30 a.m. Curled up to her owner and keeping her warm was Honey, another dog with a similar red leash to Cici’s.

Fox called 911 and emergency services took the owner to the hospital where she stayed for another night and is doing well. A neighbor is now caring for both dogs and Fox offered lasting advice, "You should always pay attention to what's going on around you, because if I hadn't noticed the dog I would never have found the lady."

Video and more info: KFVS