Six years ago a shelter dog named Duke found a happy home with the Brousseau family of Portland, Connecticut. The decision to welcome the dog into their small family has proven to be the first step towards a miracle. On October 7th, Duke, a mixed breed dog, jumped into the Brousseaus' bed as his owners slept, shaking and whining. Mom, Jenna Brousseau, says this kind of behavior was "extremely bizarre" and both parents knew immediately that something was wrong in their home.
The Brousseaus' decided to check on their nine-week-old infant, Harper, and made the shocking discovery that the child had stopped breathing. Thanks to Duke, the couple called emergency officials in time to avert a tragedy and their child was saved. Jenna says, "He's the perfect dog. He was meant to be ours."
This isn't the first time a life-saving dog has made headlines. According to Life With Dogs TV, on June 2012, an unnamed farm dog saved an abandoned two-week-old infant, protecting the child under a bridge throughout the night. The animal and child were rescued the next day by the dog's owner.
In October 2007, a Doberman Pinscher by the name of Khan saved a 17-month-old child from the deadly bite of a king brown snake. Khan slung Charlotte Svillicic away from the house by grasping her diaper and tossing her out of the way. The canine was treated for snake bite by later recovered.
An Oklahoma City family survived an attack by an armed intruder because of a protective pit bull named D-Boy. The attacker fired his gun into the home during the break in but the dog fearlessly ran toward him, saving the family. D-Boy received three bullet wounds, two in his head but he has since made a full recovery. D-Boy was a rescued pet.