Just like most rescue dogs, Sweet Dee is as loyal and loving as they come – and last month she got a chance to prove it when she saved her dad after he had a sudden heart attack.
Elliott Nerland and his wife, Erin Daly, of Boston, adopted the 6-year-old pit bull mix from the MSPCA five years ago, but they never imagined that their rescue dog would rescue them right back, local outlet WBZ-TV reports.
In the early hours of May 2, 32-year-old Nerland collapsed on the couch – he had suffered a massive heart attack while his wife slept in another room. Luckily Sweet Dee rushed to her dad’s side and, sensing he needed help, ran to wake Erin, according to a post by the MSPCA.
“She jumped up on the bed, started nudging at my wife who was sleeping, and kind of started to bark with pretty much the intent to wake her up,” Nerland told WBZ-TV.
Because of Sweet Dee’s lifesaving actions, Erin was able to administer CPR and call 911 in time to save her husband. Today, Nerland owes his life to Sweet Dee.
“If anything,” he told the MSPCA, “this whole situation has brought us that much closer. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.”
Her reaction changed the puppies’ lives forever, as well as the lives of so many others.
When asked what he was going to do with the pit bull puppies, the homeless man told the good Samaritan that he couldn’t care for them, and therefore was going to toss them over the side of the bridge.
The woman immediately told the man that she could take the puppies and brought them to a local shelter, who took them right away even though they did not have the resources to care for them. Luckily, the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) heard about the puppies and were more than happy to take them on and find a foster family for them.
The five puppies, two girls and three boys, were named Kylo Ren, Finn, BB8, Rey and Po.
And that was only the beginning of their happy ending.
A local news channel, ABC7, features homeless pets on their news segment called Perfect Pets. When they heard about the bridge puppies, they knew they had to have them come in … for the sake of the puppies, and the news anchors who would get to play with them.
During their time at the studio, the puppies did anything but blend into the background. “They raised hell and charmed the pants off everyone – we had to pry one out of the arms of the anchor for the segment,” Finnegan Dowling, the social media manager at HSSV, told The Dodo.
And she definitely wasn’t exaggerating.
From the moment they arrived in style …
To trying to help operate the cameras …
All the way to their not so graceful exit ….
The puppies delighted and warmed the hearts of everyone they met in the studio … and, apparently, everyone who watched the segment as well.
“The next day people lined up to adopt them. All were adopted within a half hour,” Dowling said.
Now, all five of the pit bull puppies have loving families. The sweet babies went from almost meeting an untimely death to having more love than they could ever know what to do with – and that is the absolute definition of a happy ending.
If you’d like to help the Humane Society Silicon Valley, you can check out its donation page.
If you’re ready to adopt a pet of your own, you can check out Adopt-a-Pet.com to get started.
When Lola saw herself in the mirror for the first time, she couldn’t believe how pretty she looked! Lola was so taken aback by it all that her first reaction … was to sing to herself.
Lola simply couldn’t stop staring and barking, and kept pulling herself back up to look some more.
Whether Lola thinks the dog in the mirror is someone she can play with or just thinks she looks super fine, one thing is clear: From now on, Lola is going to be spending a LOT of time in the bathroom.
If you’d like to adopt a pet of your own, you can check out Adopt-a-Pet.com to get started.