Two animal rescuers were able to save 10 small puppies and their mother from the icy temperatures of a park in south Dallas thanks to the urging of another abandoned dog.
For weeks, a male stray dog had been eluding rescuers who were trying to round-up abandoned animals in the park, Dallas TV station KTVT reported.
But last week, the stray, now known as "Hero," greeted the rescuers with incessant barking, according to the station.
"He's never acted like that before and I was worried that maybe he was sick or something ... happened to him," animal rescuer Marina Tarashevsce told the station.
Tarashevsce and her companion, dog behaviorist John Miller, followed Hero.
"Every time we got closer he would go away and bark at us saying, 'keep coming, keep coming my way,'" Miller said.
The dog led them into part of the park that was very densely wooded.
"We get about half way to the trail and we hear ewe, ewe, ewe," Miller told the station. "And I said, 'puppies! we have puppies.'"
Then inside a burned out tree, Miller and Tarashevsce found what Hero was trying to show them -- 10 shivering puppies and their exhausted mom.
"Somehow we found them ... right by the creek in the mud, just mom and babies and it's pitch black and it's so difficult to get there," Tarashevsce said.
"He led us there, Miller told KTVT. "He took us to the puppies. That is exactly what he was trying to do. I've heard about stuff like this, but it was awesome to witness it."
The rescuers hope to find homes for the puppies once they are old enough to leave their mother.