June 4, 2017

Positivity: Miracle dog saves blind owner’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Kenosha, Wisconsin:

May 31, 2017

Rachel Slater, 66, wasn’t supposed to have her seeing-eye-dog, Parfait, sleeping in bed with her.

The 4-year-old golden retriever usually acts as Slater’s eyes around Kenosha since she’s legally blind.

On a normal day, Parfait likes to lick Slater’s feet showing her affection.

Shaken awake
As the time neared 11:30 p.m. one recent night, Parfait vigorously shook Slater’s shoulder with her paw extended, waking Slater immediately. Slater figured the dog needed to relieve herself and let her outside.

But Parfait shook Slater harder at 3 a.m.

“I thought ‘Oh, dear Lord, what’s wrong with her?’” Slater said.

Then Slater felt her heart beating faster than normal followed by a sense of nausea. The visiting nurses in her senior home told her to call 911.

The paramedics and doctors told Slater that Parfait saved her life.

Slater’s family has a history of congestive heart failure but Parfait picked up on the beginning symptoms before Slater and her doctors, even though Parfait wasn’t trained to detect heart abnormalities.

“I call her my miracle dog,” Slater said, adding that Parfait is her third guide dog, but the first to detect heart issues.

Parfait’s health alert sparked a three day hospital stay for Slater. During that time, the doctors also realized Slater was allergic to some of the medications she was taking and fixed her prescriptions.

Slater has retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that took her peripheral vision away and makes it seem like she’s looking through a screen door. She has coped with her vision problems since childhood. She has 12 siblings, some of whom have the disease, and others who were lucky enough for it to skip over them.

From her hospital bed, Slater called her friend of 20 years, Nancy Anderson.

Anderson was getting ready for work at 7 a.m. when the phone rang. She couldn’t imagine who would be calling so early, and said a southern drawl indicated it was Slater. Slater then explained how Parfait had saved her life.

“She’s an amazing dog,” Anderson said. “What a blessing that she had that extra sense and gift to save her owner.”

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