They knew just what to do.
A 71-year-old man and his two dogs went for a walk on a mountain trail in Cumbria, England, the other day. The puppies were undoubtedly eager to go outside and explore, but then the unthinkable happened.
And they knew exactly what to do in an instant.
The dogs’ owner experienced a medical emergency shortly after passing another hiker going the opposite direction on the trail. He was having a seizure and soon passed out.
There was no one else around to see it. But the man was not alone. When his pups noticed his distress, they sprang into action.
“Incredibly, one of his dogs, a black Labrador, ran after the passing walker, barking to get her attention and attempting to entice her to return, which she duly did,” wrote the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team. “She discovered the other dog, a golden retriever, sleeping next to the unconscious man.”
The hiker had a phone and could call for assistance. But it was the man’s two dogs who came to the rescue.
Soon after, rescuers arrived to assist the man, who had regained consciousness. Fortunately, by then, the man had recovered sufficiently to walk with assistance to an awaiting ambulance.
“I was pretty amazed when the story unfolded during the rescue,” a Keswick Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson told The Dodo. “You occasionally hear about things like this, but you never expect to hear about it firsthand.”
The man appeared to be fine, thanks in part to the heroic actions of his loyal dogs, one of whom stayed by his side during his distress and the other who sought help.