When a dog begins to whimper by the door, you generally assume one of two things: they want to go for a walk, or they need to be let out to do their business.
It would be strange to assume any higher intentions.
However, we should not write off the entire species as unintelligent, or non-sentient. In fact, we are often introduced to stories of dogs knowing what is going on better than we do.
On Feb. 6, we were gifted with a story of a four-legged friend who seemed to have a sixth sense for danger.
Bruce saved a lady’s life today. He really is a wonder dog. This morning when I woke up, I made a cup of tea and settled down to watch an episode of Batman, as most 28 year olds do. Bruce sat at the front door whining and sniffing, which I thought weird and annoying, as he usually goes out back. The whines became more urgent so I got up with a huff and went to take him for a walk out front. Once the door was open, Bruce bolted to the right side of my house towards the small pond. I followed him as quickly as I could only to find him at the edge of the pond. Just beyond him, in the water, was a half-naked, elderly woman. I immediately tied his leash to a tree and waded into the water some to get her. She was trembling, confused, and scared. Bruce and I brought her in, dried her off, clothed her and gave her some hot tea. Despite my best attempts, I could not discern what language she was using, her name, where she lived or anything useful. She kept motioning to her ears so I assumed she was deaf or hearing impaired. Bruce was praetorian in his watch. I had called 911 and they responded very quickly. Soon I had 3 cops, 3 paramedics, and one very confused and lost woman wearing my robe in my living room. Eventually, the police said they had received a call about a missing elderly woman nearby. Her family rushed over and identified her. She was speaking an Ethiopian dialect known as Amharic. I had no chance of verbally communicating with her, but I held her hands when she extended hers so I hope it helped. It was an eventful morning, and someone’s mom and grandmother did not freeze or drown in a pond because of my wonderful pitty bull Bruce. Now, if only you’d hear this pitbull story on the news. #notabully #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #pibble #pibblesofinstagram #velvethippo #dogsofinstagram #dogs #wedontdeservedogs #herodog #gwinnett #gwinnettcounty #localnews #proudmama
This dog’s name is Bruce (a pit bull fittingly named after Batman’s alter ego), and he helped save an elderly woman’s life last week in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
His owner, a woman identified as Abby, noticed her pooch whimpering by the door. Although this didn’t seem immediately abnormal to her, Bruce was obviously intent on something more than a walk when he bolted out the open door.
Abby chased after him, worried he may be getting into mischief. However, the dog stopped suddenly at a small pond by her residence.
In the pond was an elderly woman, wading through the chilly waters confused and half-naked. Abby immediately tied Bruce’s lease to a tree and jumped to action.
She quickly managed to lead the woman out of the water and brought her back to the house. She clothed the woman and gave her some hot tea while they waited for authorities to arrive.
The woman was later identified as a grandmother, living with her family in the same neighborhood. They had just realized she had gone missing when Abby found her. The woman wasn’t hurt.
Abby claimed she never would have noticed the woman if her dog was not hyper-vigilant to the situation.
She hopes to use this story as an opportunity to show others that pit bulls are not an inherently dangerous breed.
She claims Bruce often lives up to his superhero name, saying, “He saves me in ways every day.”
It is remarkable to witness this dog’s clear intention to help someone. It seems that such an instinct is not just the product of Hollywood movies; dogs really do act heroically.
They often display loyalty and bravery when faced with emergency situations. It is as if they are driven to assist by a higher moral compass — something we can’t even fully comprehend.
If more people aspired to be as heroic as Bruce is, the world might be a better place. Be sure to get involved, be vigilant, and never pass up an opportunity to help others.
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