Intelligent dog goes to great lengths to save elderly owner’s life after he takes a fall

“We were fast asleep, I hear a dog barking fiercely at my front door. His bark was telling me, 'help me, help me.'"
July 25, 2018 4:57 pm Last Updated: July 25, 2018 4:57 pm

Buddy isn’t a service dog, and he isn’t trained to for any specific purpose or task. He’s the typical household pooch, and that’s always been enough to win affection from Josh Hilsenrath.

Hilsenrath is Buddy’s 87-year-old caretaker in Boynton Beach, Florida. The two have always shared a special bond, but after what transpired in Hilsenrath’s home in June, they’re inseparable.

In the early hours of the morning, Hilsenrath took a fall in his home. There was nobody there to help him, and he was unable to get up on his own.

Josh Hilsenrath’s neighbor, Art Charney, check on Hilsenrath in June. He said Buddy had to run around the lake to reach his house. (Facebook/ Stephanie Susskind WPTV)

Buddy ran out of the home, ran around a lake that separates homes in Hilsenrath’s development, and started barking outside of Art and Sydelle Charney’s home.

“We were fast asleep, I hear a dog barking fiercely at my front door,” Sydelle said to WPTV. “His bark was telling me, ‘help me, help me.'”

The Charneys have looked after Buddy for Hilsenrath in the past, and they quickly recognized his bark.

The couple was roused out of bed around 4 a.m. and immediately knew something was wrong. Art followed Buddy hurriedly back over to Hilsenrath’s home to check on him.

Once Art arrived at his neighbor’s home, he realized how much effort Buddy had gone through to get Hilsenrath some help.

“He must have gone out of the window, out of the door, and around the lake, either this direction, or that direction, because our house is right across the lake,” Art said to WPTV.

The senior citizen was found sprawled out on his bathroom floor. Art helped him back to his feet and called for paramedics.

Hilsenrath was incapacitated for about 4 hours, but hadn’t sustained any injures resulting from his fall.

However, his diabetes requires insulin shots twice daily. If Buddy hadn’t intervened and gotten help, he would have missed one of his shots.

“He’s just a little tiny thing, but he’s so smart. And he saved that man’s life,” Sydelle said.

And while the 87-year-old dog lover has always showered Buddy with attention, he had a newfound appreciation and respect for the little pup.

“I am grateful for my friends, I am grateful for my dog, and I am grateful for the Lord,” Hilsenrath said to WPTV.

Sydelle Charney (L), Josh Hilsenrath (C), and Art Charney (R) are neighbors in Boynton Beach, Florida. (Facebook/ Stephanie Susskind WPTV)

Hilsenrath quipped that Buddy “doesn’t leave him alone,” but after saving his life, he wouldn’t want it any other way. He was thankful to have such an attentive, loyal, and intelligent companion.

“God gave him brains,” he said.

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