Service Dog’s Licks Save Owner’s Life

by Sue on February 29, 2012

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A lick of the face and a nudge of the hand from Danny, a miniature schnauzer, helped Bethe Bennett regain consciousness after she fell in her Glendale, Ariz., home.

Bennett fell on her tile floor Friday and broke her femur. She lay on the ground in excruciating pain, aware that no visitors were coming until Tuesday.

“I was scared. I really thought I was going to die,” Bennett told “I knew I was going into shock because I’m a nurse.”

But Danny, a trained service dog who used to care for Bennett’s now-deceased mother, lent a helping paw that helped save his devoted owner’s life.

“I started asking Danny to get me the phone,” Bennett said. “He ran back and forth a couple of times barking and finally jumped up and knocked the phone over and pushed it with his nose toward me.”

But then Bennett realized the paramedics may not have been able to get into her locked house.

“Paper!” she asked Danny. He brought over five sheets, one of which had the phone numbers of Bennett’s neighbors.

Bennett called her neighbors, who unlocked her home with a hidden spare key just as paramedics arrived.

She is now recovering at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, with Danny by her side.

Bennett has written a book called the “Forever Home” series about the foster animals she takes in and said she plans to write one about Danny.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the one he’d have to rescue,” she said. “He was my little hero.”

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Zaida 03.05.12 at 8:02 am

Danny ws your angel sent to protect you from harm. Thank God that you have him in your life.

2 wendy 03.05.12 at 9:01 am

service animals are guardian xangels. i know my Spirit is for me.

3 Dave and Gracie 03.05.12 at 9:36 am

DANNY…MY MAN, UH…MY DOG, UH…MY HERO!!! Ok, you qualify to ask my giri, Gracie, for a date(-;

4 Kathy Bright 03.05.12 at 9:47 am

This is similar to my story of my Service Dog, my Great Dane, Duke, who licked my lips when I had stopped breathing after I had surgery on 3 different days. During the surgery, the Surgeon had found Sarcoidosis and while recovering at home, I had trouble breathing while resting. Duke realized I became distressed, licked my lips to wake me, then went to the next room and alerted my roommate. In which He was able to get me to the emergency room and get me breathing treatments. There it was found I had COPD along with the Sarcoidosis. I still to this day give credit to him saving my life those days and others, like when I have fell numberous times. He has been a Godsend as I am sure other Service Dogs have been with their owners.
Great job Danny! Keep up the good work!
God Bless you Bethe and Danny! and everyone else!
Kathy & Duke!

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