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Real Stories From Dog Owners: Can Dogs Sense When People Need Them?

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How A Dog Helped my Class from Hell

Absolutely! I taught school for 22 years and one year I had what was lovingly known as "the class from Hell". The major troublemakers were put in my class because I was known to love and be able to handle rascals. Long story short, all of my tricks were to no avail. I went to the Headmaster and asked if I could try bringing my dog to school each day. He was not a dog lover, but I persuaded him to let me give it a try. The next day I brought my 4-pound Yorkie to school with me. Needless to say, the children were thrilled. Wally was almost human in many ways. He loved to dance, but only to Motown music, and he was very well behaved. I watched with fascination as each morning he seemed to know which child needed him that day or who had had a tough time out at recess. He would go lay under the child's desk allowing them to pet him at will and playing the role my father had always told me dogs played, that of being a psychological shock absorber. Wally became a school mascot and went to school with me until he died, at which time the school mourned. He signed yearbooks with his paw print and greeted kindergartners walking past my class by pulling his lips back to smile when they said, "Hi Wally!" The headmaster even told his wife that if he could have a dog like Wally, he would like a dog. She was very surprised when she came by my classroom to find a Yorkie; she was expecting a Lab!

Since that time, I have taken other little dogs to class where they have happily met the needs of my students and myself on rough days. I therefore answer your question with an unequivocal yes.

My Dogs Saved My Wife's Life

In the summer of 2004, my wife, Carole, was out in the back yard doing
Some gardening when she disturbed a nest of small Black Vespid Wasps. She was stung repeatedly, lost consciousness and went into anaphylactic shock. Our
3 Chinese Cresteds began a chorus of howling and barking until our next door neighbor looked out the window, saw Carole lying unconscious; and called for an
ambulance! When they arrived she needed 2 shots of epinephrine before she came to. If it weren't for Medusa, Mighty, & Max I may have become a widower. When I received the call from the hospital while I was at work, I first went to
see how my wife was, then went home and rewarded those life saving dogs with a steak and hours of praise and affection!

Medusa has since passed, Mighty is now 14 1/2, and Max is 11.

Steven E Felderman

Rufus Told Me When My Son Was Sick

I do believe that dogs can sense when someone is in need and I have an interesting story to prove it. I have a 2 year old male boxer named Rufus and 4 children ages 9, 7, 6, and 2. Just a week ago I awoke in the middle of the night to a cold nose on my arm and to no surprise Rufus standing there looking sideways at me. I assumed he needed to potty so I got up and proceeded to the back door through the living room where Rufus' bed was. He has a really big, green dog bed that a child can easily fit on. When I got to the back door to let Rufus out I turned and realized that he was not behind me, so I called for him; he didn't come. I walked back through to find Rufus standing by his bed looking at me. I said "Well come on, let's go potty" but he just looked at me then looked down at his bed. It was quite dark in the house but I noticed an outline of something on his bed, it looked like a blanket. I got down closer and noticed my 9-year-old son laying there on Rufus' bed under a blanket. I thought he must have slept walked downstairs and ended up there, which he does quite often. I reached down and picked him up to take him back to his room and was shocked find that my son was burning up. I laid him in my bed and got the thermometer. His temp was 102 and he said "Mom, I feel really sick." I got a cool rag to lower his temp and a bucket. Poor child was sick all night and all the next day. If it hadn't been for Rufus who knows how long my son would have laid there and what kind of mess I would have had to clean up. I thank him for that and I thank God for a having a dog like him in our family, he is an awesome addition.

MY Dogs Know

When I went off to college, my Airdale howled and slept underneath my bedroom window for over a week. Since than, an incidence which my electrolyte went south and I had to crawl into my garage, my dogs stayed by my side until I received help to the hospital. I am a paraplegic who lives alone and my dogs can sense when I am having a bad day. They are much more affectionate at those times. I feel dogs have many of the senses we have but they utilize them more. We have lost touch with many of the senses we were born with and what a shame!

My Dog Knew Before My Husband Had a Heart Attack

Our Maltese "Corky" has always been a Mama's dog! Last year in October, Corky would not leave my husband Jack's side - it was very odd. The next day my husband had a heart attack. And then triple by-pass surgery. He is doing very well - but Corky still is very attached to Jack and is not happy unless we are both in the same room at the same time. He is a very special addition to our family & is very much loved.

Martha Walker

My Dog Followed This Child Around

I truly believe that dogs know when they need to be careful, when they need to be sensitive. I raise Doberman Pinschers, I had a lady come to see them, she brought with her, her small child who was suffering from multiple health problems, she had to wear leg braces, etc. One of my puppies a red female that was 8 weeks old, followed this child around, and when she would stop the puppy would stop with her but never once jumped up on her, when the little girl sat down, the puppy would cuddle up or sit by her side so she could pet her, she would lick her hands but never chewed on her as puppies do, but again never jump on her or got in her face, which would be her normal behavior at 8 weeks of age, she was a very active puppy and behaved just like the rest of them any other time. I as well as the mother was in awe of the compassion this puppy showed to this child, I always knew the Dobie was a special breed but this shows how a dog is so human at times!! Enclosed is a pic of pups at about 6 weeks.

Beth Short

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