Dog Saves Owner's Life After Fall on Ice

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A Massachusetts senior citizen owes his life to his dog after the dog ran for help following the man's fall on a patch of ice, WBZ-TV reports.

Dog looking away

Boxer. Credit: Thinkstock.

Tom Beradinelli, 70, of Weymouth, Mass., was walking his 8-year-old Boxer, Maggie, near his house last Thursday night when he slipped on ice and fell, hitting his head and knocking himself unconscious.

Maggie ran to a neighbor's house and jumped at the door until she gained the attention of the dogs inside and their owner, Joe Tanko, who knew Maggie and Beradinelli.

"I ran to the door and I saw Maggie with no Tom at the end of the leash," Tanko said.

Tanko found Beradinelli unconscious in the snow and called 911. Beradinelli's fall caused a brain bleed and head trauma. Doctors who treated him said he certainly would have died if Maggie had not acted as quickly as she did.

Beradinelli's wife, Christine, said the doctors told her, "Your husband's alive because the dog went to that door."

Beradinelli has had surgery to treat his injuries, and he remains in intensive care, but appears to be recovering.

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My boxer boy Rocko saved me twice ,once when I was sleeping and fire started in office part of my house ,and when I fell in a field while walking he stayed with me until he saw people searching ,then he ran to them then back to me .

January 15 2014 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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