Dogs have a special place in our hearts. They’re always there to greet us with a wagging tail, and cheer us up when we’re feeling blue. After a long day out in the cruel world, coming home to a loving pooch who adores you unconditionally is the greatest and simplest pleasure in life.
But when your dog starts going above the call of duty like this one did, they’ll leave an indelible mark on you forever.
If it weren’t for this heroic hunting dog, Patricia Drauch of Michigan would be grieving the loss of her son. Not only did her black lab named Bear have the wherewithal to see that the toddler was in danger, he took immediate action.
In 2012, while out in the yard gardening, Drauch went to the garage to fetch another tool, thinking toddler Stanley was following on behind her. But when she turned around, she couldn’t see her 14-month-old anywhere, according to Wood TV8 News. She panicked and looked everywhere, then noticed that Stanley appeared to be floating in the disused pool.
But the baby wasn’t beneath the water—something was keeping him afloat.
Bear was keeping Stanley’s head above water by balancing him on his back.
“He wouldn’t move. He didn’t bark. It was as if he was afraid to move at all until I got Stanley up out of the pool. That’s when he came up out of the pool,” Drauch told Wood TV8 News.
But the toddler had already swallowed a considerable amount of water from the pool and was unconscious. Had Bear not realized what was happening, there is little doubt what the result would have been.
“It was scary. His lips were blue, and his eyes were rolled back,” Drauch said, as she recalled what happened to Wood TV8.
She had no cell signal, and couldn’t reach the emergency services, so she jumped in the car and rushed baby Stanley to the fire department, 2 miles down the road.
While on the way, he spontaneously coughed up all the water that he’d swallowed and started to regain consciousness.
When they got to the fire department, Stanley appeared alert and responsive to the first responders who examined him, according to the Daily Mail. They later took Stanley to the hospital. X-rays showed that there was no water in his lungs, and Stanley received a clean bill of health.
Stanley’s older brother tells the account succinctly, and with a side-helping of innocent levity.
“On the way, he garfed [sic] up a lot of water. And then, he started to respond, but she kept on going, and she was just a little over the speed limit,” he told Wood TV8.
Given the circumstances, I think everyone is willing to look past the speeding infraction.
The Drauch family remained intact thanks to the intelligence, and protective instincts of their four-legged family member.
“He proved that he has enough love for the kids. He’s more than just our hunting dog.”