Jacksonville Radio

Pets are so amazing!

It was about 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning when Amanda and her husband were suddenly jolted out of sleep by their dog, Axel.

The 1 year old Border Collie the family had rescued jumped on their bed. She said, “He kept pawing at me to move.” Her husband finally went downstairs to let the dog out, but Axel didn’t follow. Instead, the dog stopped in front of the closed bedroom door of the couple’s 17 year old son, Gabriel and wouldn’t move.

They didn’t know it yet, but inside, their healthy athletic high school senior was having a stroke. Strokes are more common in older adults but can still happen to teens.

Axel, the dog, played a crucial part in saving Gabriel.

His mom said, “We wouldn’t have thought to go into Gabriel’s room and wake him up. He’s a teenager. It was a Saturday morning. We wouldn’t think to go in there until maybe noon.”

Dogs saving the family, once again!