Dogs are, without question, man’s best friends. And this touching love and loyalty is proved once again by a photo that recently stole the internet – a service dog refusing to leave her mom’s hospital room
But this deep connection started when Shauna Darcy decided a dog would help her in her endless fight with anxiety. And she wasn’t wrong at all. Because, with Ruby there was an unconditional love. And the lovely pup has proved to be more than a normal dog. Without realizing, when Shauna got Ruby, she got a friend. A true one!
“While she was training to be a service dog I noticed that she started picking up on changes in my heart rate and would act funny,” Shauna told. “For example, paw at me, try to get my attention, get on top of me [and other stuff like that].”
In other terms, Ruby is more like a guardian angel for Shauna. She’s there for her adoptive mom, without leaving her side even once. And her daily routine includes monitoring Shauna’s blood pressure and heart rate, given that she also has a rare heart condition called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. More than that, this life-time companion also helps her human during her panic attacks, she carries groceries or picks dropped items.
“When I pass out she gets on top of me and applies all her pressure on me and licks my hands and face until I come around,” the young woman said.
A few days ago, Ruby saved her mom’s life. She started to alert Shauna that something is wrong. And even though the young woman was did not feel that bad at all, she chose to trust Ruby’s instincts and called an ambulance. “It turns out my heart was going into atrial fibrillation,” she said. “By the time the paramedics came, I was in pain and barely conscious.”
Thanks to her loyal and loving dog, Shauna is able to breath again. But Ruby’s loyalty doesn’t stop here. She stayed near her mom’s side while in hospital. Shauna is sure it was that deep bond between her and Ruby what actually saved her life. “I wouldn’t be alive without her,” she said.