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Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 10th Jan '09 11:56 PM


I asked what topics we might cover in this group and it dawned on me that we could find out whether any of our animals have ever saved our life (or a loved one's life).

Of course, I have a story.

It was probably the mid 1960s and in the middle of a bitter-cold winter. The old house we lived in with our 4 small boys had plenty of air holes and it was difficult to heat the house. The only heat we had was a propane wall furnace in the living room, which didn't provide much warmth to the bedrooms on the north or the upstairs.

I was the last one to bed at probably midnight, after making a last check on all of the sleeping boys. I had put my German shepherd outside for a few minutes and brought her in just before I crawled under the bed covers. Dixie always slept on the floor beside me. It seemed like just moments later, Dixie was licking my face and nudging me. I just couldn't wake up so I kept shoving her aside thinking she surely didn't need to go out again so soon.

But Dixie persisted pushing her cold nose into my face and licking me and pushing on me. Finally, exasperated, I crawled reluctantly out of the bed and into the cold air, which helped wake me up a little more..

Once I was awake enough to think, I realized there was a strong smell of propane in the house. I shook my husband awake and ran to check on the boys and then threw open the doors and windows.

I finally looked at the clock; it was after 4 a.m. I turned the furnace clear down and turned on the electric oven. I piled more blankets on the boys and I sat up the rest of night opening the doors every little while to make sure the air stayed fresh. By 7 a.m. the gas company crew was going on duty and I called them.

They came right out and it turned out there was a cracked firebox on the wall furnace. They insisted I take the children and go to my parents' house immediately while they fixed the furnace. At first I hesitated, and the technician told me he would not be held responsible if we spent another minute in that house until that furnace was fixed.

I am certain if it had not been for Dixie pawing at me and licking me, we might have all died that night.

Cilva  (Level: 173.9 - Posts: 2)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 5:57 PM

animals are amazing and never had one physically save my life but they are always there for you emotionally which is more than I can say for people!!! I have been very lucky to have many wonderful cats and dogs in my life and my children were enriched by growing up with their pets-thanks for trying to get this group going again and sending out messages

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 6:11 PM

I see on your profile that you are a vet tech. Do you work in a private clinic or in a pet hospital?

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