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Rescue Dog Saves Baby's Life

Dog alerts parents when baby stops breathing.

By Vetstreet Oct 15, 2012 2:49PM

Photo: ABC News // Duke alerted his owners when their infant stopped breathing.Last weekend, Duke jumped on his owners’ bed and started to shake uncontrollably. His behavior was so unusual that Jenna Brousseau’s husband went to check on their 9-week-old baby, Harper — and found that she wasn’t breathing.

“My husband called 911 and the ambulance came here and it was because of our Dukie dog, who alerted us,” Brousseau told ABC News.

“If Duke hadn’t been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep . . . He’s the perfect dog, he was meant, meant to be ours, he was meant to be hers.”

Duke, who the couple adopted six years ago, may have prevented a case of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Luckily, baby Harper was revived by paramedics, and is now doing well. — Read it at the Huffington Post

Photo: ABC News // Duke alerted his owners when their infant stopped breathing.

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Oct 16, 2012 7:40PM
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back in 1971, we got a stray dog.  My sister was about 7 mos old,  I was 10.  The dog we called pooch,  stayed under her basinette, and under her crib.  He woke up my parents one night, jumping all over the bed.  My mom went and followed him and my sister was not breathing.  He saved her that night.   Dogs are the most awesome friend.
Oct 16, 2012 1:22PM
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Oh he's chipped all right! He wears his yellow "Home Again" house tag on his collar. He tends to want to bolt over to the General Store and the B&B down the street, as he smells the food. They all know him now. He's like their mascot. But we've spent so much $ on fencing (in addition to the existing fencing). Today, we're putting up steel gates across the driveway (even though there's electric fencing along the property. He's a handful of a puppy, but the most adorable handful of fluff! 
Thanks for your message. I still think of my Coco in the pit of my stomach!

Oct 16, 2012 2:55AM
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28 years ago, my Doberman did the same thing, except she stood by my bed, barking until I got up to check my baby who was just 11 weeks old, she had stopped breathing and was blue. I managed to revive her before the paramedics got there. She was on a SIDS monitor for 24 months with a LOT of alarms! There is a test they can do on babies to check for sleep apnea, which is SIDS. WHY don't they test ALL babies?????
Oct 15, 2012 10:26PM
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I am now 60 yrs old. Damn! 7yrs. and 3 days before I retire but whose counting! I can't have a pet where I now live. I was brought up on a farm, horses, cows, dogs, cats, sheep, etc.  and I hate this fact, so when I retire, damn right I'm getting a dog companion, probably another German Shepard! 

  Dogs are better friends ever than any human, they don't judge, criticize, and always forgive!!!!

Oct 15, 2012 10:24PM
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I once had 11 dogs that were abandoned near my house in the country. They keep away burglars and kill snakes and give me lots of love. I'm now down to a more manageable number...4. One stays inside with me and 3 are outside dogs. 11 was almost unmanageable but I'm glad I did it.
Oct 15, 2012 10:19PM
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Re: the video. Brave & smart cat. Dumb a$$  unfeeling humans.
Oct 15, 2012 10:18PM
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