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Rescued pit bull pup saves boy's life

Puppy alerts boy’s mom to danger.

By Vetstreet Oct 11, 2013 3:31PM

TaterTot is being credited with saving 4-year-old Peyton from a dangerous dip in his blood sugar level. / KMSP-TVIt didn’t take TaterTot long to earn a special place in the hearts of a Minneapolis family. Just days after Christi Smith brought the 10-month-old pit bull home as a foster, he detected a life-threatening drop in her son’s blood sugar level.

Smith says it was the middle of the night on Oct. 2 when TaterTot, who had been close to being put down when Smith took him in, alerted her that something wasn’t right with her 4-year-old son, Peyton Anderson. The pup tried to wake Peyton up by licking him and jumping on him.

"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," Smith said. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."

Smith rushed the boy to the emergency room, where doctors found that his blood sugar was dangerously low. The dog’s alert likely saved Peyton’s life.

Although doctors still aren’t sure what caused the drop, one thing is certain: TaterTot has earned a permanent home with the boy’s family.

— Watch it at Minneapolis’ KMSP-TV

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Photo: TaterTot is being credited with saving 4-year-old Peyton from a dangerous dip in his blood sugar level. / KMSP-TV

Sep 12, 2013 11:07PM
Stories like this make it hard for me to trust people watching my child. I haven't left my son with anybody yet and he is 15 months! I'm so scared something like this will happen!
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