Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter

DALLAS (CBS11) – Dragged alongside a car and nearly run over, a Dallas man is thankful to be alive after he said two men tried robbing him in Lakewood.

Raymond Jimenez said he was walking his dog near Worth Street and North Augusta Street Tuesday night when two men approached him in a white, Jeep Cherokee. They told Jimenez that they were selling puppies.

His Chihuahua, Ellie, did not like them men and tried backing away.

“I should have taken her advice. She knew that something was wrong. She didn’t want to get close to him and I should have listened to her,” said Jimenez.

But while leaning on the driver-side door, one of the men tried grabbing his cell phone. When Jimenez would not let go, the driver started speeding away. Jimenez would not let go of the phone.

“No, it wasn’t going to happen. Not with me you know,” said Jimenez.

After several feet, Jimenez said the driver let go but then circled back and tried hitting Jimenez before driving away.

Jimenez smashed his knee on the pavement and scraped up his hands and forearm.

“I would die for this. I would not let go,” said Jimenez.

It was not the phone Jimenez was holding onto, but the memories stored inside the device. Pictures of his wife, kids and family were nearly lost forever.

“I feel thankful I’m still alive and I’m not dead,” said Jimenez.

His only advice to anyone out there caught in a similar position is to listen to “man’s best friend.”

“If you got a dog that don’t like somebody, pay attention to your dog because they (have) better judgement,” said Jimenez.

Dallas Police are investigating.

(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)