Family Dog Saves 9-Month Old Baby’s Life

by Matthew Memrick

A Connecticut family’s 9-month-old baby is breathing easier tonight, thanks to the life-saving efforts of the family dog, a Boston Terrier.

Henry belongs to Jeff and Kelly Dowling, and on one recent Tuesday night, Henry started acting strangely. Minutes later, the couple was bound for the local hospital to save their little daughter’s life.

Seriously, make any Google search, and you’ll come across multiple entries of heartwarming rescues by dogs. It’s no wonder why man’s best friend is so important to families. And while this isn’t an advertisement, they could be a great little addition to your family too. They’re good at fighting depression and loneliness too.

Henry Saves The Day, I Mean The Night

Kelly Dowling noticed Henry’s strange behavior as the dog kept getting into the nursery and waking the baby.

The mother told Good Morning America that Henry was “head-butting the door open and going into her room and standing there. And every time I shooed him away, he would go back in as soon as my back was turned.”

Henry’s persistence paid off because the couple discovered that their little daughter, who was sick with a cold, had difficulty breathing.

Kelly Dowling said the little girl “wasn’t clearing her airway” and “started to turn blue.” They observed that she couldn’t get air or any oxygen.

The couple rushed the girl to the hospital, and doctors cleared her airways. They stayed the night so doctors could watch the baby.

The next day, the family returned to the home and, if they could’ve hoisted Henry on their shoulders, they would have.

Jeff Dowling said the family spoils Henry “a little bit more” now. Henry got to sleep in the couple’s bed and has a “steak in his future.”

Kelly Dowling is still amazed by Henry’s handiwork, saying, “he’s never done anything quite so heroic before.” 

She went on to say, “I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs.”

Twitter Copes, Shares Pet Stories With Mom

The mother recently shared an update on her daughter. With her Tweets getting lots of attention, she went on to thank the emergency room department at the Connecticut Children’s Hospital for being “literal heroes.”

She wrote, “The baby is doing much better today, and we are home with Henry, who bravely held the fort all night even though he is scared of the dark.”  

Another Twitter user, DigitalDragons, talked about his pet cat’s rescue. The man spoke about how a cat slept with him in his crib. The cat “went in and tried to get my parents up, after being thrown unceremoniously of the bed several times, he peed on my dad’s chest and ran out.”

The man said the cat lured his parents to his crib, where he was blue and not breathing. But the cat’s attempts led to the boy’s medical care and rescue from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.