You’ve probably seen the magnets and mugs that ask “Who Rescued Who [sic]?” and maybe even have one of your own. For Eva Hachey in New Brunswick, Canada, that question is more than rhetorical.
According to CTV News, Eva adopted her dog Bruno from her local SPCA. Most people would say that means that she saved Bruno’s life. However, recently Bruno returned the favor by saving Eva’s life.
Eva’s daughter, Angel Hutchinson, lives with her and normally sleeps quite soundly. However one night, Bruno began nipping at Angel’s fingers. “He was howling and crying and whining and dancing and I knew something was wrong.”
Angel reacted quickly. She first ran to her grandmother’s bedroom, but then saw Eva in a chair in the living room having a seizure. Angel called the paramedics who were able to help Eva. All Eva remembered was falling asleep, then waking to see “a whole bunch of paramedics” in her living room. The paramedics informed her that she had seizure. They also informed Eva that she had a potentially fatal ruptured brain aneurysm. It was good that Bruno got Angel to help her mom. As Angel said, “If it wasn’t for the dog, my mother wouldn’t be here.”
Eva told CTV News that she wanted to share Bruno’s story in hopes that it would encourage people to adopt from shelters. Although she acknowledges that not every shelter pet will be a literal lifesaver, she thinks that the love is worthwhile. Eva summed up her thoughts on pet adoption by coming back to love. As Eva said, “The only reward that we can get and give is love.”