Thursday, May 5, 2011

Foster Dog Saves Foster Dad!

Longtime volunteers Ron and Mary represent all that is good about Animal Friends. They have generously opened their home to many dogs in need of foster care to prepare them for adoption. Recently, they learned that lifesaving can work both ways.

By Mary, Animal Friends volunteer

This is not one of the top 10 reasons to foster, at least according to our manual! For reasons still unknown, Ron’s blood sugar recently dropped very quickly and very low during the early morning hours. I was awakened to the sound of him in distress and Savina, our husky foster dog, screaming, literally screaming.

I, of course, got up and went running to see what was going on. I found him unconscious, making really strange sounds and in really bad shape. The medics came and gave him sugar IVs, and after about an hour and a half he was walking and talking. Fortunately, he did not need to go to the hospital.

As soon as we were in the room and helping Ron, we covered Savina’s crate with a blanket so she would not be upset with strangers, and she lay down and did not make a sound. The blanket has never worked before to silence her. Looking back, I can’t honestly say that I would have heard Ron in time if it were not for the screaming husky.

Ron is doing fine; a little sluggish the next day, but he quickly returned to volunteering at Animal Friends.

And Savina? After saving Ron’s life, she’s no longer our foster dog. We adopted her.


  1. How does ANYONE live without a dog? Mine keep me active and are my reason to get out of bed in the morning since my husband's death. Our Ellie couldn't help him as he died instantly but she was lying beside him giving him kisses when we found him.

  2. Wonderful!!! You never know when these Kidos will help you out even if it is just to catch your tears in their fur!