Most parents with small children are petrified to foster a rescue dog since they’re afraid the dog could turn on their kids and attack them.
U.K. mom Emily Gunnion regularly volunteers for Labradors in Need, and normally just helps find forever homes for the rescue labradors. Recently, however, she saw a rescue dog named Rufus at the rescue and decided to foster him until he was adopted even though she has a 21-month-old daughter at home.
Yet Gunnion’s decision to open her home to Rufus is the only reason her toddler named Betsy is still alive today. Just a few days after Rufus came to live with Gunnion and her family, Betsy caught a stomach bug and was up all night getting sick. When it looked like she was finally done throwing up and was falling asleep, Gunnion also went to bed, but shortly after Rufus frantically woke her up.
“Rufus alerted me. He got half on the bed and was scratching at me and barking. I knew something was wrong,” Gunnion said about Rufus, who realized Betsy was choking on her vomit and couldn’t breathe. “Betsy was lying on her back being sick and choking, making horrible noises. I was so panicked but picked her up and she was sick properly and was okay.”
“Rufus saved Betsy, he was amazing. I was so tired after being up with her and didn’t know what was going on. Rufus is so clever, he sensed something was wrong. I dread to think what would have happened if he hadn’t been there,” Gunnion said.
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[Featured image: Manchester Evening News]