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Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, August 31, 2013
A heart-wrenching call, but the right thing to do.
That’s how Chuck Weintraub described his decision to part with Chloe, a 1-year-old pit bull mix who in July saved his life by alerting neighbors when he collapsed in his Cranberry yard with heart complications.
“Anguish; we were in turmoil,” said Weintraub, 59, who fosters dogs for the Humane Society of Western Pennsylvania. “Then it hit us: It would be selfish of us to keep her because if we do, we can’t do what she saved my life for, which is to save other dogs.
“As much as we love her and as much as she did for me, I feel like I’m paying it forward by helping other dogs in her honor.”
Chloe — renamed Cloe by her new family — now lives in Brookline. She has a big yard to play in, two young children to watch over, a fellow canine named Hank to pal around with, and a protective human mother who watches over Cloe as if she were a third child.
“She’s our angel,” said Heather Rauenswinter, 29, as Cloe rubbed against her leg. “She’s part of our family now.”
The Tribune-Review first reported Cloe’s heroics in early July.
Weintraub fostered Cloe after her previous owner surrendered her in April, Humane Society officials said. Mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, covered her body; she was timid from neglect and potential abuse, officials said.
In her foster home, the skittish dog learned to trust humans. But she remained painfully shy, never straying from Weintraub’s side.
On July 3, Weintraub collapsed while mowing his lawn. His two dogs, confined by collars that respond to an invisible electric fence, could not leave the yard.
Only Cloe could help. Despite her anxieties, she ran to a neighbor’s home and led them up the long driveway and into the yard, where Weintraub lay unconscious. They called paramedics, and Weintraub survived.
When the Rauenswinters heard about Cloe, “the hair on my arms stood up,” Heather Rauenswinter said. …
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