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February 19, 2013

Saving One Life Could Save Your Own

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Adopt Because You Can

The reasons to adopt a dog are unmeasurable. Not only do you save the life of an animal that needs help, but you enrich your own as well.  For these twelve dog owners, adopting did not just enrich their lives, it saved them.  



Henry is a mutt from an animal shelter in southern California.  His owners, the Depp family, adopted him when they noticed that six-year-old Leo Depp, whom suffered from brain aneurysms, lit up with joy when the service dogs would come visit the hospital.  Henry quickly adapted to Leo and would constantly sit on his bed, and eventually was able to predict when the boy would be about to have a seizure.  He would find Leo's mother, Yasmine, and alert her by barking.  With Henry as her early alert system, she could administer the medication prior to the convulsion, which would reduce the pain and provide comfort to Leo.


New York State Trooper, Michael Boburka was contacted by a friend at the Binghamton, NY, SPCA whom told him that a German Shepherd named Wheeler was at the shelter. Michael was informed that Wheeler had amazing protective skills and alertness, so he gave him a chance and brought him onto the force.  Within one month, Wheeler used his keen sense of smell to track down a four year old boy that was lost in the woods.  New York State Police say that without the help of Wheeler, they would have never found the boy alive.  You can now refer to him as Sgt. Wheeler.



Angel is from the Hawaiian Humane Society and belongs to Emily Choi.  One night Emily was feeling sick and went to the bathroom in her home where she fell and was unable to get up. Angel ran into Emily's daughters room and barked until she reluctantly got out of bed, followed the dog, and saw her mother unconscious on the bathroom floor.  After calling for help, an ambulance arrived and doctors were able to save her mother's life.  Doctors stated that if she would have remained there without help for much longer, she would have slipped into a coma and most likely died.

Debbie Zeisler's German Shepherd, Bear, was adopted from an animal shelter in Mislap, Texas. Debbie suffered from seizures for 18 years before adopting Bear, and without any training at all, he was quickly able to recognize and alert Debbie to take her medications, prior to an attack.  Debbie ignored Bear's warning, on one nearly fateful day, suffered a seizure and fell down a flight of stairs which knocked her out.  Bear got out of the house and went door to door to try to call for help, but his calls were unanswered.  An animal control agent patrolling the neighborhood noticed the seizure alert tag on Bear's collar, followed Bear home and called the ambulance that saved Debbie's life.


Do you have an amazing story about your dog or a friends dog?  Comment below and let us know!


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