It’s been a big week of dogs saving people’s lives. First, we had a Pit Bull protecting a lost toddler for an hour in snowy woods — he did a such a good job that even rescuers had to stay back until the boy’s father arrived. Then we had another dog, this one a stray, huddling with a lost toddler all night in a freezing marshland in Poland. Both kids are fine, though the girl is suffering from frostbite.
Now, to cap the week, we have something even more amazing, something that might cause you to rewire your brain about how well you think your dog knows you.
In France, a German Shepherd stopped her owner from committing suicide. And he did it by throwing himself at the rifle the woman had pointed — and had just fired — at her chest. The bullet still hit her, but her wound is not life threatening.
Earlier this week, the 63-year-old woman from Sorgues walked into her backyard with a .22-caliber rifle. She fired multiple test shots, probably to ensure that the gun was working properly. Then she turned the gun on herself.
Her dog wasn’t having it.
As a police officer told Le Figaro, “At the moment she pulled the trigger, her dog jumped on her and diverted the shot.”
The officer added that the dog “probably sensed things and knocked into her to save her” and that the dog was “very affected” by what his owner was doing.
Did the dog know his owner was going to kill herself? A better question might be: Is there any other another explanation? He knew the gun was dangerous, he knew his owner was going to use this dangerous thing on her own body, and he acted.
The woman was found by her husband, conscious, and taken to the hospital.
Via the Daily Mail