German Shepherd Dog Believed To Have Saved Hiker’s Life During Lightning Storm

Doctors think Jonathan Hardman is alive because his dog Rambo was beside him when they were struck by lightning.

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Rambo, the German Shepherd who saved his owner's life. Via KUSA/9NEWS
Rambo, the German Shepherd who saved his owner's life. Via KUSA/9NEWS

It was a picture-perfect summer day when Jonathan Hardman, his friends and his dog, Rambo, reached the summit of Mount Bierstadt in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. But when the group of 13 hikers started to descend the mountain, the weather took a turn for the severe, with hail and sudden, violent thunderstorms, Hardman told KUSA.

Then lightning and tragedy appeared in equal measure. Hardman was struck by a bolt of lightning and two other hikers suffered serious injuries, but doctors believe that they’re alive today because Rambo was there to shield them from the worst of it.

“My doctors told me that [Rambo] shared that electric charge with me, because he was right next to me,” Hardman told KUSA. Sadly, Rambo died on the mountain, making the ultimate sacrifice for his owner.

Hardman posted about the ordeal on his Facebook page.

As some of you already know, I was hit by lightning today when I was hiking Mt bierstadt with my dog. I survived but my…

Posted by Jonathan Tyler Hardman on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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