High 5 4 Kids: Taylor Youngblood

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Our High 5 4 Kids nominee of the week Taylor Youngblood is a 15-year-old with a lot of talent.

"Since sixth grade, he's been one of the most gifted athletes to come through in my 15 years of education," Grovetown Middle School Coach and teacher Dan Sneeringer said.

But when a member of the family needed him more than ever, the baseball and football star wasn't thinking of sports.

"I just had to get her," Taylor said. "That's the only thing I was thinking. I saw her laying there. I just had to open the cage and get her out."

Dixie, the family Labrador retriever, had accidentally knocked down a light in her outdoor cage. The light caught the hay on fire and Dixie was in trouble. Taylor jumped right in without thinking of himself.

"I carried her out, laid her on the deck and called my dad," Taylor said.

Mom Deena said they took Dixie to the hospital. When she came home, Taylor jumped in again to help.

"He would get up every two or three hours," Deena said. "Her paws were bandaged, so she had to be carried everywhere she went. Those bandages have to be taken off and paws scrubbed and he did it."

Taylor said he would do it all over again.

"When I come home from practice and my games, she's always here. She's the first one to greet me," Taylor said. "I wouldn't give her up for anything."

Taylor says he hopes to play professional sports and go to college. He has received an award at Grovetown Middle School for being an outstanding athlete and school citizen.

But for now, Dixie is happy to play catch with him in the yard.

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