Clever Doxie Saves Ill Owner

An 11-year-old Oregon dachshund is being hailed as a hero for the clever way she handled a medical emergency. A story on the KEZI-TV website...

Maria Goodavage  |  Aug 10th 2010


A doxie like this one stared at her neighbor until he went to check what was wrong at her house. You can see where a stare like this might spur a person into action...  (Photo: WeenieChic.com)


An 11-year-old Oregon dachshund is being hailed as a hero for the clever way she handled a medical emergency. A story on the KEZI-TV website is so short and detail-packed that I couldn’t tell it any better, so I’m going to let the story speak for itself:

A Salem man is alive and well, and he can thank his dachshund Missy for that.

Charlie Burdon had open-heart surgery just a month ago. And when he collapsed the other day, he was virtually helpless. But not actually helpless. Because he had an unlikely hero in 11-year-old Missy. Normally she won’t go anywhere without Charlie. But she had to get help. And she ran to a neighbor who instinctively knew something was wrong.

“I said, ‘Missy, Charlie don’t know you’re here. You better go back home.’ She just stood there and looked at me,” said neighbor Charles Mitchell.

Missy wouldn’t budge until the neighbor followed. The neighbor, also named Charlie, ran to Charlie Burdon’s house and then called 911. Missy is so protective of Charlie, she wouldn’t let the paramedics near him until Charlie’s wife took her away.

Three cheers for Missy, a local hero with a very good head on her little shoulders.