How This Heroic Chihuahua Saved Its 92-Year-Old Owner's Life


08/09/2016 1:38 AM AEST | Updated 08/09/2016 1:39 AM AEST

When Marie Alexander adopted her pet chihuahua, she probably never expected the pup would end up saving her life.

The 92-year-old says she’s alive thanks to her close bond with her 9-year-old dog, Sassy. Recently, Alexander went out to do a routine check of the mail when she twisted her foot and took a fall. Of course, Sassy was by her side as always and saw the accident and sprung into action.

Alexander told ABC Action News that Sassy barked non-stop at passing cars for some five hours in an attempt to get help, while she lay immobile in the Inverness, Florida heat.

Alexander was able to drag herself to a shadier spot on her lawn to escape the sun but was still dehydrated and had suffered bruised ribs by the time she was found.

Sassy’s barking finally caught the attention of two passersby who came to help Alexander. 

She was taken to the hospital but says she’s lucky to have survived and even luckier to have a pet as loyal as Sassy.

“I saved her at the shelter and she saved me,” Alexander told ABC. 

Having a pet dog when you’re older has many benefits including fighting off stress and helping keep you active. Now we can add lifesaving to that list. 

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