Real-life Lassie saves life of pensioner who collapsed on his driveway
A hero hound is being hailed as a real-life Lassie - after saving a pensioner’s life after hearing him tapping on a drainpipe after he suffered a fall on his driveway.
David, who suffers from dementia, had been lying outside in sub-zero temperatures wearing just a shirt and trousers for almost six hours on Sunday evening before he started tapping on his neighbour’s drainpipe in a desperate bid for help.
Heroic Collie-cross Jack kept barking at the sound of the tapping until owner, John Wheatley, 67, got out of bed - and spotted his friend lying outside in the freezing cold.
'He heard Jack begin to bark, and kept tapping until John got out of bed to see what was going on.” David said: “I didn’t think Jack liked me because he always barked at me - but he’s saved my life and now I think he’s great.'
John added: 'It was very unusual for him to start barking in the middle of the night - he was sort of yelping, which I’d never really heard him do before.
'He kept crying out for about 10 minutes, and I thought I’d better have a look outside, and I saw David lying on the drive.
After spending two days in hospital, he was allowed home, where he is recovering.
"Happiness and depression are both feelings, just like joy and anger. It's not feelings that give us problems. It's what we do with them that makes the difference."
"When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life."
My cat started meowing like crazy one morning at 4am and wouldn't stop. She was even sticking her paws under the bedroom door (which she had never done before) and scratching the carpet on my side of the door to wake me. I finally got up to see what the heck was her problem. The water heater had broken and there was water everywhere in the dining room. Not as dramatic as saving your humans life but just as impressive that she knew to do that. A dog probably would have just rolled around in the water and tracked it everywhere.
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