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Saved: Herbie the dog keeps diabetic coma victim alive by licking her
Daily Echo ^ | July 10, 2012 | Harriet Marsh

Posted on 07/10/2012 5:11:38 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack

A WOMAN’S life was saved by a dog when she slipped into a coma while home alone.

Blind diabetic Suzanne West, 42, would have died when she fell into a six-hour-long diabetic coma if her partner’s guide dog Herbie hadn’t licked and cuddled her to keep her alive.

Miss West came round covered in dog hair and saliva on her bed at home in Creekmoor, Poole, at around 11.30pm on Wednesday with the faithful pooch by her side.

Woozy, she managed to crawl over to pull her life line and call for help.

And when paramedics arrived, Herbie, a seven-year-old black Labrador, was there to greet them.

Miss West, of Larch Close, said: “If it wasn’t for Herbie, six hours later into the coma I would have died.

“He literally saved my life. It was all really, really scary.

“I’m still very shaken.”

Her partner David Colclugh, 43, had gone away for the night on a fishing trip with pals from Poole Town Anglers club, leaving Herbie behind.

Miss West says after having dinner and taking a “perfect” blood sugar reading she went upstairs to watch television at around 6pm.

“I was in a coma for probably six hours,” she said.

“I came round and it felt like someone was wiping my face and nudging me. I was very disorientated and absolutely covered in dog hair.”

The lifesaving pooch refused to leave her even after the ambulance and her mum Margaret West had joined in the rescue.

“He never left my side except to wait at the top of the stairs for the paramedics,” Miss West added.

“He frightened them to death as they came across this big black dog in the dark.”

Miss West, who was diagnosed with diabetes aged four, usually relies on Mr Colclugh, who has some sight, to notice when she’s about to have a hypo and to rub glucose gel on her gums.

She rarely had them until last November, when, after a 16-day hospital visit she was put on the list for a pancreas transplant.

“They are as rare as hen’s teeth,” she said. “While I’m waiting for an operation the extra medicine I have to take affects my blood sugars.”



TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: diabetes; dog

1 posted on 07/10/2012 5:11:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

2 posted on 07/10/2012 5:13:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Lab bump


3 posted on 07/10/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good dog.
They only thing my dog would have done is eat all the cat food.


4 posted on 07/10/2012 5:18:05 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: packrat35
A shepherd would have driven her to the hospital...


5 posted on 07/10/2012 5:19:20 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOLOL. Love the pic of the Lab, but your GSD driving the car is priceless.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 5:22:54 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Joe 6-pack

BTW — your gif. Is that dog tangled in Silly String? Or, di dhe get tangled in someone’s knitting?


7 posted on 07/10/2012 5:24:16 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s just the dog thread dog ;-)


8 posted on 07/10/2012 5:26:04 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Great story! Dogs are proof enough for me that God loves us.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 5:27:23 PM PDT by GBA (To understand what is happening to America and why, read The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn)
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To: GBA

That is a much nicer way to put it. The misanthrope in me always says dogs greater than people:-)


10 posted on 07/10/2012 5:31:51 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I know that’s the dog thread dog, but what’s he gotten into? It looks like Silly String. He’s cute, but disturbing. I want to give him a brushing and a bath.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 5:40:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"I know that’s the dog thread dog, but what’s he gotten into?"

Why, "dog thread" of course!

12 posted on 07/10/2012 5:45:28 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOLOLOLOL! Very clever! I should have thought of that.


13 posted on 07/10/2012 5:50:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOLOLOL! I wish he were mine.


14 posted on 07/10/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: floralamiss

Oh...admit it. You just like my Doggie style. ;-)


15 posted on 07/10/2012 5:54:30 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

But why is he running in an embroidery hoop? That’s odd. He looks like he’s unraveling the doggie picture on my Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin sweatshirt.

I think I like the GSD driving the car better. He makes me feel calm & safe — not like I’m going to have my shirt unraveled!


16 posted on 07/10/2012 5:54:39 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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Lucky for the dog that the cops didn’t get there first.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: All

Lucky for the dog that the cops didn’t get there first.


18 posted on 07/10/2012 5:55:06 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Looks like something our Isabelle would do.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 5:57:08 PM PDT by lysie
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"But why is he running in an embroidery hoop?"

Maybe he's a *border* collie ;-)

20 posted on 07/10/2012 5:59:57 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I admit to nothing, but with you, I don’t have to. ;^)


21 posted on 07/10/2012 6:00:29 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: Joe 6-pack

As the partial owner (No one owns a BC,they own you) of two border collies (one under a year old and a more mature gal) who herd “dad” and have more then once come to get me when he needed help...Please tie me to the end of that dog thread.....

A big wooof and a yippeee (she’s just finding her big girl voice)


22 posted on 07/10/2012 6:04:02 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

When I came home from my first cataract eye surgery, my Yorkie lay down in front of my chair and stared at me all day. She would eat and drink which was close by and assume her position again.

I wasn’t allowed to bend my head over that first day, so I couldn’t pick her up. By the next eye surgery, she had learned to jump up into my chair (she was just 7 mths. old and naturaly small so that was a high distance for her to jump).

Dogs are so smart they know what’s happening to their loved ones.


23 posted on 07/10/2012 6:10:10 PM PDT by Marcella (The power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Love it!


24 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:47 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

An aquaintance of mine took care of her elderly father. He had a Schipperke as a service dog. The father had been a farmer, and although they leased most of the farm at that point, he still liked to drive a small tractor out to mow one of the pastures. He had a diabetic incident and fell off the tractor. The dog came in from the fields and barked until they went out to him.

The dog also pulled the covers off him every morning to make him get up and barked if he didn’t fix breakfast and eat.


25 posted on 07/10/2012 6:45:32 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: Joe 6-pack

Good boy, Herbie!

Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy. That’s a GOOD BOY! How about some steak, boy, huh? Steak for such a GOOD DOGGIE!


26 posted on 07/10/2012 6:54:13 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Joe 6-pack

I hope the word “my” wasn’t a typo.


27 posted on 07/10/2012 7:27:42 PM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: marsh2

My little black pug used to suspiciously sniff my right side, and seem bemused, and would sniff again, like they do when you’ve run into another dog when you’re out. I thought it was cute. Turned out it was cancer. And pugs don’t have much to sneeze with in the nose department! But my little boy stuck like glue to me all through the cutting and pasting me back together.


28 posted on 07/10/2012 7:31:50 PM PDT by Mazey
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To: Joe 6-pack

I love reading these good dog stories and I love reading the doggie tales posted by FReepers......

I write this as our newly acquired 8 yo Westie rescue lays by my side......and my sons squirrelly and very entertaining rescue from the streets of Dallas is trying to get the chew bone out from under the coffee table that he once again flipped under there......love ‘em both


29 posted on 07/10/2012 7:39:11 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I love reading these good dog stories and I love reading the doggie tales posted by FReepers......

I write this as our newly acquired 8 yo Westie rescue lays by my side......and my sons squirrelly and very entertaining rescue from the streets of Dallas is trying to get the chew bone out from under the coffee table that he once again flipped under there......love ‘em both


30 posted on 07/10/2012 7:39:25 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Joe 6-pack

A Jack Russell Terrier would’ve started an IV and adjusted her meds.


31 posted on 07/10/2012 8:00:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Kimmers
our newly acquired 8 yo Westie rescue

Congratulations and thank you for adopting an older dog! We rescued a 9 yo Aussie mix last year and he's the best dog. He's quite the big brother and calming influence on the fearful 2-3 yo setter/pointer female we adopted at the same time.

32 posted on 07/10/2012 8:23:16 PM PDT by osagebowman
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To: Slings and Arrows

“A Jack Russell Terrier would’ve started an IV and adjusted her meds.”

Forgive me, but I think the Jack Russel Terror would have seen the opportunity to terrorize the neighborhood, bite a few kids and chase some rats.


33 posted on 07/10/2012 8:35:24 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: pops88

Jack Russells are like ER physicians - geniuses with ADHD.


34 posted on 07/10/2012 9:20:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: pops88

Jack Russells are like ER physicians - geniuses with ADHD.


35 posted on 07/10/2012 9:20:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: pops88
You just haven't met the right Jack Russel Terrier. One of mine is a Certified Therapy Pet with Faithful Paws. He could calm the patient just by being there.
36 posted on 07/10/2012 9:32:52 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

You must have a mutated one ;) When I lived in New Zealand, I knew a few JRTs. They were so totally different than the ones I’ve known in the U.S. Hard to believe they were the same breed. My sister has owned JRTs and I’ve gone with German Shepherds. JRTs are just too high maintenance for me.


37 posted on 07/10/2012 9:42:16 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: Terry Mross

Ain’t that the Truth!


38 posted on 07/10/2012 9:44:40 PM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("Give me Liberty or I'll stand up and get it for myself!")
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To: Ditter

“One of mine is a Certified Therapy Pet with Faithful Paws. He could calm the patient just by being there.”

That’s really awesome, by the way. I love JRTs, but I’m too old for any terrier. I had a neighborhood terrier that used to come visit because dog lover me would give him attention. My husband and I still joke, “Throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball.” The dog wore us out.


39 posted on 07/10/2012 9:53:32 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: pops88
There is a strain of JRT’s that are rough coated. They don't look like the short haired typical Jack. They are harder to find and people think they are a different breed. They kind of are, because some other breed of terriers was obviously bred into the JRT line many years ago. I have had 5 of these JRTs and after I got the first one as a rescue, I searched until I found a breeder in Florida who had them.

They have a calmer personality along with looking different. You can go to their website and see for yourself. www.butterballkennel.com (I think that is it)

I gave my husband a typical shorthaired JRT for his 72 birthday and that little scamp wants to play ball until he passes out. :D

My Therapy Pet and I are going to start visiting a 2nd convalescent home on Saturday. The people and staff in those places love our visits and beg us to come back again and again.

40 posted on 07/11/2012 7:23:52 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: osagebowman

Thank you so much.....You would not know he is 8.....we have always had Labs and they start slowing down a bit by 8 so this guy is pretty perky.....I met another Westie on one of our daily walks, I thought he was young because of his energy but they little bugger was 14 !!!!!

We put our 14 yo lab down last summer and vowed at that time to rescue my next pup.....hubby found this guy @ Westie Rescue.....he is a gem and so is the street rescue.....


41 posted on 07/11/2012 3:23:36 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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