When Dude, a Sheltie-Terrier mix started acting strange, caregiver Tina Bury thought he wanted to be let outside. He barked, whined and wouldn’t leave the bedroom door where her 15-month-old grandson Ethan was sleeping.
Dude is typically a laid-back dog so this behavior was way out of character. Bury knew something was wrong. Tina went into the room to find Ethan having a seizure; his eyes were rolling back into his head and he had blood coming out of his mouth. He wasn’t responding to her and she immediately called 911. Fortunately, paramedics were able to revive the child and after a brief stay in the hospital, he was released.
Doctors attributed Ethan’s seizure to a high fever. Tina Bury attributes his being alive to her four-legged hero, Dude. “If Dude hadn’t been here, I don’t know what would have happened,” says Tina. “He’s my hero – he saved my grandson” (DogHeirs.com, March 18, 2012).
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