Paramedics predicted Hurdle would not survive, but after surgery and being given 44 pints of blood, he was on the mend—with a little help from his dogs. Hurdle tells Yahoo! that he credits the exercise achieved through training dogs with helping him regain his health. In 2012, Hurdle again won the National Field Trial, this time with a pointer named Connor's Button.
Many of us may feel that dogs add to our health, our enjoyment of the day-to-day and perhaps even add a few years to our lives. For Hurdle, this is true in a more literal sense.