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Determined dog broke out door to get help for stricken owner awarded for heroism

Dhicon_thumb By DogHeirs Team | May 06, 2013 | Comments (6)

Snickers fetched help for his unconscious owner
Snickers was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame for saving the life of Greg Gould

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A Border Collie/Pointer cross named Snickers, was honored for his heroism in saving his owner's life by being named to the Purina Animal Hall of Fame this week. The 4-year-old dog took desperate measures to save Gregory Gould's life and succeeded.

Early morning last March, Constable Rob Garnett and his partner responded to a call about Snickers, who was pacing in a resident's driveway in Oshawa Ontario. Snickers was barking incessantly and blocking their attempts to leave for work. New to the neighborhood, the family didn't recognize the dog, but their young daughter suggested he lived next door.

Constable Garnett decided to investigate the home, but received no response. Instinctively, he peered through the window and that's when he saw Gregory Gould, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lying unconscious on his living-room floor. Quickly, Constable Garnett and his partner broke through the door and called paramedics.

Once inside, he realized that, in Snickers' determination to get help for his owner, he had thrown his body repeatedly against the screen door, triggering the release so he could get outside. Thanks to Snickers' keen intuition, persistence, physical strength and determination, Mr. Gould received the medical attention he needed to save his life.

Snickers heroically fetched help for his unconscious owner
Snickers with Greg Gould

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Comments on this Article

Oh my god' I love Snickers too haha Happy tears. What a beautiful story :)
I was completely shocked when my kids told me their dad had seen snickers in the paper. We adopted snickers from a rescue at 3 months old. He was born sometime in January 2007 they figured. The distinctive heart on his back totally sets him apart from any other dog. He was amazing and easily trained as a pup I was a stay at home mom at the time and when I went back to school he had a really hard time with the separation as he was so attached to me. I let snickers go to an acquaintance who had babysat him when I was away I did hear from her 6 months or so later that they were thinking of letting him go and I was moving and at the time couldn't take him back and it broke my heart. I have lost contact with her since so I guess she found him this awesome home! I cried when I saw this and was just Told that things happen for a reason and that by giving up snickers he has saved the life of a dad and grampa I'm so glad that some good came of the whole thing. Snickers you are a true hero ! ❤
What a true hero!!!! Wonderful story thankyou Snickers :-)
Snickers that medal around looks great and is well deserved. What an amazing story of devotion caring and love. Well done Snickers your a hero.
Gods gifts of our furrybabies are beyond measure ! We could learn so much from them about Real Love and Loyalty ,What a wonderful testimony!! <3
What a heartwarming story!! Snickers is definitely a hero! What a sweetie. It always amazes me to hear about the things our pets do in emergencies. They are such a blessing. :O)
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