Jay Sobel was enjoying a leisurely walk with his little dog Corey when the miniature Schnauzer began furiously tugging on his leash, pulling the two of them far from their normal route and down the street to a life-or-death situation.
There, fall victim Jack Turner was trapped in his icy cold swimming pool and his strength was failing. Fortunately, his weakened cries had reached some acutely sensitive ears — Corey’s.
Turner, 80, had been puttering in back of his North York home last May when he fell into the uncovered pool.
Sobel pulled Turner from the pool and called for medical help. Turner was treated for a mild heart attack, badly scraped hands, hypothermia and for shortness of breath.
Yesterday, Turner was on hand as Corey and four other dogs were inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame.
Yesterday’s inductees each received a speech and video montage before they were paraded down a red carpet in the Capitol Theatre to receive their medals. Then they stood by as their owners were presented with a portrait of their pets.