Hero Dachshund honored by Belen firefighters


BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) — The little Dachshund who helped save his big friend’s life was honored by the Belen City Council Monday night.

It started two weeks ago, when a 9-year-old Saint Bernard named Jazzy got loose from his home in Belen. Sixteen hours passed and he hadn’t come home.

Razor the Dachshund knew Jazzy was in trouble. When he couldn’t get his owners attention, he ran to the ditch where Jazzy had been stuck.

A passerby followed razor and saw the Saint Bernard stuck in the mud in a ditch. Razor wouldn’t leave Jazzy’s side.

“That makes him really brave to try to get his attention to help Jazzy,” said daughter Hannah Chavez.

It was a skillful rescue by police and firefighters.

“We don’t get called out to save dogs all the time, but a life is a life and once we get called to duty, that’s what we do,” said Capt. Joe Saiz with the Belen Fire Department.

At the Belen City Council Meeting, however, they honored Razor.

“We congratulate you on your unknowingly gallant effort,” a firefighter said as he put a gold medal around Razor.

Razor wore the medal with pride, and both dogs got lots of extra attention. Tim said the ordeal hasn’t changed the dogs, except for the better.

“Jazzy’s more willing to share out of the same bowl,” he said. “That’s no joke.”

It’s not a quite a fairy tale ending yet, however. Another one of Chavez’s dogs got loose the same day Jazzy went missing.

Layla, his Pitbull Terrier, is still missing.

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