Here’s another great story of a rescue dog that repaid its owner in kind. Betty Schueler didn’t expect to get a dog when she stopped in at an animal shelter on a whim, but she fell in love with a little terrier mix named Ranger. He had some anxiety issues, which meant that Schueler had to work with him quite a bit to avoid dog bites, and she was careful to train those around her to know when Ranger needed his space.
Fast-forward a year, and Schueler is suffering from unexplained blackout spells:
I knew it was my heart, but a long string of tests were unable to reveal a problem. I tried to explain to my cardiologist what was happening but it didn’t make any sense to him. All I could tell him was that I would black out, and when I came to, I often had a sore chest. The next day, I would often have little bruises on my chest.
A portable heart monitor determined that she was going into frequent cardiac arrest, but the bruising and pain mystified her doctors. Then, one day, Schueler awoke from one such spell to find Ranger jumping up and down on her chest.
Ranger would repeat this act several times before I was finally able to clear my body of blood thinners and get my pacemaker. I had saved Ranger’s life, and he, in return, had saved mine — many times over.
Whether he was purposely trying to restart her heart or was simply trying to wake her we’ll never know, but there’s no doubt that Ranger performed a life-saving medical procedure.
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