They are very loyal. My aunt told me when her dad died his dog would not leave his side and would not allow the undertaker near him. She finally lured him into another room with a piece of meat.
We can be thankful our bones can handle an occasional fall and we also have the stability and balance to prevent them too. Glad you are ok. I have a special place in my heart for Great Danes as my grandpa had one. Though I never met him, I have the love for animals that he had.