Maureen Hatcher, Florida resident, had a terrifying emergency in early December — but thanks to her two loyal dogs, her life was saved.
One day while Hatcher was home, she collapsed to the ground while taking a shower.
Bella and Sadie, her two Labradors, quickly noticed something was not right with Hatcher lying on the road, barely being able to move at all.
“I remember Sadie coming in,” Hatcher told FirstCoastNews. “I said, ‘Mommy needs help,’ and then they were gone.” The dogs immediately knew what needed to be done, and ran out of the house to get help.”
A doorbell cam on the front step revealed two dogs sprinting and barking as they hurried toward a neighbor’s home, desperate to get someone’s attention.
A woman who lives in the neighborhood can be seen entering Hatcher’s home just moments later.
She called 911, and the paramedics arrived shortly after.
Thanks to both Bella and Sadie, Hatcher was able to get the help she needed right away.
As it turns out, Hatcher had suffered a stroke — but thanks to her dogs, she now is currently home and recovering.
And while the dogs are not registered as service animals, the intelligent dogs knew what do when their mother collapsed.
Hatcher is so very thankful that they were able to come to her rescue.
She fears that without them, she would not have been so lucky.
“I shouldn’t be in the shape that I’m in,” Hatcher said. “I am blessed. Very blessed.”
According to two new studies, it was found that dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal.
Published in the journal of Animal Cognition, research recently revealed that pet dogs may actually be a man or woman’s best friend if that person is in distress.
With that being said, the distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.
“I think there is good reason to suspect dogs would be more sensitive to human emotion than other species,” says co-author Deborah Custance.
“We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions.”
“Thus,” she continues,” those dogs that responded sensitively to our emotional cues may have been the individuals that we would be more likely to keep as pets and breed from.”
Custance along with colleague Jennifer Mayer — who both hail from the Department of Psychology at the University of London Goldsmiths College — exposed 18 pet dogs (all representing different ages and breeds) to four separate 20-second human encounters.
The human participants included the dogs’ owners as well as strangers.
During one of the experimental condition — the people hummed in an odd way.
Scientist were looking to see if unusual behavior itself could trigger canine concern. People also talked as well as pretended to cry.
Most of the dogs comforted the person – be it owner or not – when that individual was pretending to cry.
The dogs usually acted submissive as they nuzzled as well as licked the person.
Dogs really are the best!
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