Saving Ms. Brooke
Dizzy from loss of air, Sharon Brooke began to lose consciousness as she choked on a piece of toast. “I started to panic. I was frightened to death,” said Brooke, convinced that she was going to be done in by a slice of bread.
Luckily, Lucy the Labrador–Spaniel cross came to her rescue. Racing across the kitchen after sensing her master’s distress, Lucy jumped up and hit Sharon on her back, dislodging the fatal food and saving her mommy’s life.
“I was scrambling for the phone but I would not have made it. I was really struggling to breathe. I could feel myself turning blue,” said Brooke.
And while the situation ended up alright, Brooke is still incredibly lucky – especially considering that Lucy has never received any kind of special training. Somehow, she knew that a firm whack on Sharon’s back would be enough to shake loose whatever was causing her owner to choke.
…but that’s not all!
What’s more, this is not the first time that Lucy saved her owner’s life in a miraculous manner.
Four years earlier, Sharon Brooke found herself in the throes of a diabetic attack. Weak and on the verge of fainting, Lucy once again sprang into action. Arguably more miraculous that her recent rescue, Lucy somehow managed to get her paws on a Mars Bar, bringing it over to her hypoglycemic mama just before she drifted off into a diabetic coma.
How Lucy knew exactly what to do in both instances is still a bit of a mystery. We know dogs can be trained to perform some miraculous tasks, but it seems that both times Lucy saved her owner’s life, she was acting based on what she thought needed to be done, not what she was taught.
Lucy’s uncanny ability to appropriately respond to unusual – and life threatening – scenarios gives us some insight into our dogs’ ability to intuit our behavior. And while Lucy’s story should not lead you to think that every dog will know what to do in an emergency situation, it does beg the question — just how much do we underestimate our dogs’ abilities?
Chances are it is more than we think.
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