A mother has revealed how her ‘hero’ dog saved her baby’s life by breaking into her nursery when the pet realized that she had stopped breathing.
Kelly Andrew, an author from Boston, explained that her young daughter wasn’t feeling well, and their Boston Terrier, Henry, was very concerned.
He kept pushing the nursery’s door open with his head so that he could check on the little girl – and his move ultimately saved her life.
The writer said she began to get ‘fed up’ with Henry’s antics, since the baby was trying to sleep and he kept waking her up. But Henry could tell something was wrong and he kept persisting.
At one point, when she went to get Henry out of the room, she noticed that the baby had stopped breathing – and was turning ‘blue.’
She and her husband, Jeff, rushed her to the hospital, where doctors were thankfully able to clear out the baby’s airways.
‘Last night the dog kept breaking into the nursery and waking the baby. She’s been sick, and I was getting so fed up with him,’ the mom-of-two explained on Twitter.
‘Until she stopped breathing. We spent the night in the hospital. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs.’
Kelly’s moving story quickly went viral, gaining more than 27,000 retweets and 230,000 likes since it was posted earlier this week.
She also opened up about it during an interview with Good Morning America, explaining, ‘He was head-butting the door open and going into her room and standing there. Every time I shoo’d him away he would go back in.’
Kelly explained that she thought her baby had a head cold, but suddenly, it got much worse.
‘She wasn’t clearing her airway. She turned blue and had gone rigid. She couldn’t get air, she couldn’t get any oxygen,’ she continued.
In an update hours later, Kelly revealed that they were home from the hospital and that the baby was doing ‘much better.’
She wrote: ‘Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. 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.’
She also said that since the terrifying incident, she has treated Henry like the ‘king of the castle,’ which is ‘no different than any other day.’
Her husband also told GMA that the pup definitely had a ‘steak’ coming in his near future.
People quickly started to reply to her post and share stories of their own dogs being heroes.
One person wrote, ‘That’s so scary! I’m glad your baby is on the mend. One time hubs was out of town, and our dog jumped on my chest and barked in my face until I woke up.
‘The house was full of smoke – I’d left the fireplace on and the stockings were smoldering. Our dog saved our daughter and me.’
‘When we were little, my brother climbed out of his crib, down the hall, and out the front door,’ another shared. ‘My dog woke my parents up and they found him in the driveway. Dogs are amazing.’
‘Animals are amazing. When I was a kid I was sliding towards a barbed wire fence and my dog pulled me off the sled before it went through,’ a third tweet read.
Someone else said: ‘My neighbor’s dog saved her life. She fell, hit her head pretty bad and fainted.
‘He started barking nonstop and the other neighbors thought it was very weird, because he was a very quiet dog. They broke down the door and found him next to her on the floor.’
‘We couldn’t figure out for the longest time why my service dog kept going in to my parents room several times a night sniffing my dad’s face and nudging him repeatedly,’ another user replied.
‘They always pushed her away and she would still circle back. She stopped as soon as he got his pacemaker.’
According to Phoenix Vet Center, dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses (compared to about six million in human noses), and the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is about 40 times greater than ours.
The outlet reported that dogs can sniff out a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Dogs’ heightened sense of smell is often used for finding decomposed matter, tracking, and sniffing out drugs and bombs in the police force.
The animals can also sniff out certain diseases and can sense changes in the body, which is why they are often used as service dogs for those with medical conditions and disabilities. They can sense shifts in hormones, breathing patterns, heart rate, and behavior.
‘Dogs’ sense of smell is so subtle that they can notice the slightest change in human scent caused by disease,’ Understanding Animal Research wrote.
‘The tiniest shifts in hormones or volatile organic compounds released by diseased cells can be picked out by dogs.
‘Consequently, dogs have been trained to sniff out the markers of disease that might even go unnoticed with medical tests.’
According to CNN, dogs form bonds with their family members – and even feel empathy towards them – which in turn, makes them want to help us in times of need.
‘When babies look into their parents’ eyes, a hormone is released in both the baby and the parent,’ Dr. Brian Hare, founder of the Duke University Canine Cognition Center, told them.
‘The hormone, called oxytocin, can make us feel good. It creates this oxytocin loop that encourages us to protect and care for our babies.’
And the same thing happens when a human and their pet dog meets eyes.
He continued: ‘Dogs have basically hijacked this pathway that was meant to be between us and our kids.
‘So when your dog is just staring at you for no apparent reason, they don’t necessarily want anything. They are just hugging you with their eyes.’