According to NBC News, doctors told Hardman that he may have been saved because he and Rambo shared the electric charge.
"He was right at my side," Hardman told KUSA. "If it weren't for him, I might have had that whole thing in my body alone."
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Hardman told KDVR that he knew that Rambo was dead because of the way he was lying down. “I had fallen off of a boulder because I was knocked out. I looked up and I just saw him lying there and I tried to go get him,” Hardman said. “I knew he was dead because a dog just doesn’t lie down like that.”
Hardman and his friends were hiking to the summit of the mountain, and reached it, but the lightning came as they were making their way down and pushed Hardman and his friends far back — even striking him in the head, which caused injuries.
“I’m happy to be alive. I just wish I had my dog here with me,” Hardman said. “He didn’t even finish his last bowl of food. Part of it is still in my condo because he was just so excited to go hiking with me.”
There was 16 hikers total on the mountain with three, including Hardman, sustaining injuries -- two had non-life-threatening injuries, and one had serious injuries.
Read more at KDVR.