A couple in Connecticut said that while their daughter slept in her nursery, their dog began acting strangely. Hours later, it was the dog, who they now call a “hero,” that saved the little girl’s life when she stopped breathing in the middle of the night.
Jeff and Kelly Dowling were thanking their lucky stars, along with their beloved Boston terrier named Henry, after experiencing a life-threatening situation that involved their daughter. After their baby girl went to sleep one evening, Henry repeatedly barged into the nursery and woke up the baby. They had no idea why, but the couple would quickly be thankful for the dog’s seemingly odd behavior.
“He was head-butting the door open and going into her room and standing there,” Kelly Dowling told Good Morning America. “And every time I shooed him away, he would go back in as soon as my back was turned.” Kelly, an author who goes by the pen name Kelly Andrews, soon discovered why Henry was so obsessed with waking the little girl.
“Last night the dog kept breaking into the nursery and waking the baby,” Kelly posted on Twitter. “She’s been sick, and I was getting so fed up with him. Until she stopped breathing. We spent the night in the hospital. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs.” The Connecticut mom told GMA that her infant daughter “wasn’t clearing her airway. She started to turn blue and go rigid and she just really couldn’t — she couldn’t get air, couldn’t get any oxygen.”
Kelly’s social media post garnered over 240,000 likes with many well-wishers offering support after the family’s close call. In response to the outpouring of love for Henry, Kelly said, “Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. The baby is doing much better today and we are home with Henry, who bravely held the fort all night even though he is scared of the dark.”
“Henry is 100 percent my first baby. And he’s such an important part of the family!” Kelly replied to one comment on Twitter, praising Henry. The grateful mom also gave a shout-out to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, saying, “Since this thread is still doing numbers I would like to shout out the ER department at @ctchildrens for being literal heroes. Not just for our LO but night after night, patient after patient. They go above and beyond in their care, and it shows.”
With the outpouring of praise for Henry, others also chimed in to share their own incredible stories. A Twitter user named Molly wrote, “We couldn’t figure out for the longest time why my service dog kept going into my parents room several times a night sniffing my dad’s face and nudging him repeatedly. They always pushed her away and she would still circle back. She stopped as soon as he got his pacemaker.”
Another Twitter user commented, “My dog kept jumping up on the bed. I had my son in bed with me. He had epilepsy and something didn’t seem right. Well, a few minutes later he started having a massive seizure. The dog sensed it coming on. I am so grateful that he woke me and I wasn’t dead asleep when it happened.”
Humans utilize dogs to detect drugs and explosives, but did you know that due to their heightened sense of smell, they can detect human illness as well? According to WebMD, dogs are well-known for their ability to sense and smell what their human companions might miss, with many pets becoming service animals for people with epilepsy and other conditions. Since they can sense the slight change in the chemicals in the sick person’s body, dogs can sense when their loved one is having a migraine, heart attack, cancer, seizure, narcolepsy, or low blood sugar. No wonder they are known as “man’s best friend.”