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Dog Left For Dead Leaps Into The Arms Of The Man Who Saved Him

 Fourth quarter of the Superbowl, Patriots making a comeback, and Mike Diesel left the party with a few simple words: “I gotta go, dog hit by car."

It would be difficult to find anyone leaving Super Bowl LI early. 

Last February's football game was riveting, with the New England Patriots pulling off an incredible last-second comeback. And Mike Diesel, like everyone else, was a huge fan.

He tells iHeartDogs, "It was the fourth quarter." “And Brady had just scored his first touchdown of the comeback, and I was watching the game at a party.” 

Then he saw something on Facebook and abruptly left the gathering, saying just, "I gotta go, dog hit by car."

The location of the dog's death was a 17-minute drive away. 

Diesel arrived in 13th place. 

Neighbors who had heard the crash had managed to get the dog inside a crate by the time he arrived. 

Diesel, the founder of Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue, took over from there, gently lifting the injured dog into the car and driving him to a veterinary hospital.

Even though his life was hanging by a thread, the dog, who was quickly christened Knight Rider, or KR for short, was an elegant patient. His body temperature had dropped dramatically. His leg was broken and dislocated. 

KR, on the other hand, made his own spectacular recovery after two surgeries.

It also helped that Diesel created a unique enclosure that allowed the man to sleep near the dog for two weeks as he recovered. 

KR has a long way to go, and Diesel is trying to get funds for the medical therapy he still requires. Meanwhile, he brings the dog to water therapy twice a week.

Staples and steel bolts appear to be holding KR together, as does an even more important glue: his hero's regular visits. 

When Diesel paid a visit to KR at his temporary foster home this week, the dog rushed into his arms despite his still-tender muscles and bones. 

“It astounded me,” he admits. “He did it for the first time.”

Diesel ended up missing the New England Patriots' historic Super Bowl victory. Instead, he won the heart of a dog that was dying in the snow. 

And every time Diesel sees KR in his foster home, he gets to raise the most valuable prize on Earth: an endlessly grateful animal who will never forget the man who saved his life.