Thompson — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Dogs on Deployment
Location: Endicott, New York

Thompson, a 2 and a half year-old male Golden Retriever, is an Emerging Hero Dog because he saved my life. One night, we went to bed and I was sound asleep when Thompson put his paws on the bed, trying to wake me up. When I woke up, I thought he had to go to the bathroom, so I took him outside. We came back inside and I went back to sleep. He woke me up again by pulling the blankets off of me. I sat up and asked him what was wrong, and a sharp pain shot through my chest. I sat there for a moment, Thompson sitting beside me, then called the ambulance. Thompson sat with me until the ambulance arrived. It turns out that I had a heart attack. Three days later, I had five bypasses. If it weren’t for Thompson, I wouldn’t be sitting here today. Since Thompson has had no special training for detecting heart attacks, I have no idea how he knew I was having one. I am so grateful for Thompson, and I thank him each and everyday for saving my life.

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