Bear, a beloved family pet living in Marcellus, Michigan, has been named a hero after he saved a little boy from drowning in the family pool by jumping into the water in and balancing the baby on his back.
It All Happened So Suddenly
Patricia Drauch, aged 30, was walking to her garage to return some gardening tools and her little son, Stanley, was toddling behind her as he always did. Suddenly, he disappeared from sight and Patricia became frantic, searching all over the house for him. She told ABC 57 News: "Stanley usually follows us around and I went to the garage to put away some stuff and came back out. Just in a flash, he wasn't behind me. " She found him lying face-up in the family pool, bur he was not alone. (See: Hero Cat Named Major Tom Saves Yacht Owner From Drowning.)
When the distraught mother looked more closely, she saw her Black Labrador, Bear, balancing the little boy on his back, helping him to keep his head above water. She told the press: "Bear wouldn't budge in the pool. He didn't bark. He didn't move. It was like he was afraid to move at all until I got Stanley out of the pool and that's when he came up out of the pool with me....It was so scary. His lips were blue. His eyes were rolled back. It was the scariest feeling and the image stays in your head for a long time." (See: Frida The Rescue Dog.)
The Little Boy Was Unresponsive
According to ABC 57 News, the little boy was unresponsive when his mother pulled him out of the water. To make matters even more stressful, for a few horrible moments, her attempts to to reach 911 were fruitless because of poor cell phone reception. quickly gathering up her other children, she dashed into the car and headed for the fire department. Stanley regained consciousness enroute. By the time they arrived, he was described as being "alert and in good condition." (See: Dolphins Guide Scientists To Drowning Girl.)
Bear Saved Little Stanley's Life
Drauch told The Sturgis Journal that she is convinced that Bear saved her little boy's life. She said: "We all believe that if it wasn't for Bear, he would have sunk down. It w as incredible to see Bear holding him up like that... I've always told Bear growing up, ever since he was a pup, to watch over the babies and that they were his babies too."
According to Cass County Undersheriff, Rick Behnke, "The vomit found in her car is evidence that little Stanley ingested water before expelling it, which confirms the idea that the toddler nearly drowned before being propped up by Bear...It's an amazing story. The dog is a life saver. That's all I can say." (See: Dog Attacks Suicide Bomber At Wedding Party.)
Good job, Bear!
Source: Daily Mail