Duke, a six-year-old adopted rescue dog and beloved Brousseau family member, apparently saved the life of an infant.
Duke was adopted about six years ago and was considered by the Brosseaus as a family member until he has become a hero after saving his ownerâ€™s week-old baby girl Sunday evening.
Small Harper stopped breathing during the night, and if Duke hasnâ€™t erratically wake her parent up, she might not still be alive today.
The couple had already gone to bed on Sunday night when the dog suddenly jumped on their bed and began shaking uncontrollably. Duke’s behavior immediately woke the Brosseaus up.
“He is insanely obedient, so this was extremely bizarre,” Jenna Brousseau told WFSB News.
As the dog had never acted like this before, the family supposed that something wrong was happening. When they went into their infant Harper’s room to check on her, she wasn’t breathing, reports The Huff Post.
The husband immediately called 911, and paramedics arrived at the place and managed to revive little Harper.
After that the baby was transported to the hospital and her current condition is stable. The family now considers Duke their hero: “If Duke hadn’t been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep. He’s the perfect dog, he was meant, meant to be ours.”
The dog can be truly considered as a hero, s he was able to recognize that something was wrong with infant and smart enough to have the instinct to make his owners aware of the dangerous situation.
â€śDogs are well-known to be keen with instinct and several stories of their abilities to rescue humans have been documented,â€ť Examiner writes. â€śThis is another example of how dogs express their protective nature and unconditional loyalty towards people.â€ť
This summer a similar story took place when a stray dog protected an abandoned newborn. The dog found the infant in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, and transported it to his six puppies.
The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was later taken to the hospital for treatment. â€śShe is doing well, responding to treatment, she is stable. … She is on antibiotics,â€ť Kenyatta National Hospital spokeswoman Hanna Gakuo said.
â€śAbandoned babies are normally taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital because it is a public hospital,â€ť Gakuo added. â€śPeople are now donating diapers and baby clothes for this one.â€ť
“The dog was trying to protect the baby,” Hannah Zemp-Tapang, the Ghana News Agency reporter who first reported the story, suggested. “She’s a female dog. It must be her mothering instinct.”
Zemp-Tapang said the story of the hero stray dog was an “unusual” one, but it was also reminiscent of a local legend that began circulating “many, many years ago.”
“Within my ethnic group, it is believed that one of our ancestors was protected that way. It is a legend that a baby was alone at home when one of the roofs set on fire. A dog in the house took the baby by its mouth and brought it to safety,” she said.
According to The Daily Mail, in Kenya in 2005 a stray dog now known as Mkombozi was foraging for food when it found an abandoned baby in a plastic bag.