Unlike humans, dogs and other animals seem to possess an inherent ability to know when something is wrong. Whether they sense their owner suffering from a devastating condition, or they recognize a deadly house fire, they can usually tell if there is a problem long before humans.
As a result, dogs are sometimes able to save lives that would have been lost without their intervention.
A Michigan family recently found out how amazing their dogs really were.
Lonnie and Susan Chester thought their dogs were acting a bit strange when they decided to wake them up one morning at 4:30 a.m. earlier this month. It was freezing outside—but the labradoodles named Adam and Eva insisted on being let outdoors.
“(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was cautious about letting them out because I didn’t know if there was anything out there,” Lonnie told MLive.com.
Bleary-eyed, exhausted, and slightly annoyed, Lonnie and Susan finally relented and let them out.
The dogs were finally allowed outside, and they started barking at something.
The couple had assumed that they wanted to go outside to play in the snow—but both of the dogs headed straight for the family’s truck in the driveway. Once there, they began barking and circling around something.
Lonnie was quick to come over and investigate, and what he found chilled him to the core.
It was an elderly woman in her 80s, lying freezing in the snow.
The woman thankfully was still alive, but she was shivering and only wearing a light night gown.
“She looked up at me and said, ‘I’m so cold,'” Lonnie said. “I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified.”
Lonnie quickly picked the woman up and carried her inside of his home to try to warm her up. He put several blankets on top of her and then went to call the police.
Without the dogs, she could have died.
“It could have been a tragic outcome had Adam and Eva not woken us,” Susan shared. “I don’t know how they knew she was out there.”
Lonnie and Susan said they will never take their dogs’ unusual behavior lightly again, even in the middle of the night.
“We’re just so proud of our dogs knowing they may have saved a life,” Susan said. “I hope this serves as a wake-up call for everyone, especially with it being so cold out.”