A pitbull that helped save a Minneapolis boy's life, just a week after its own life was saved, will receive a Heroic Dog Award from PETA.
Christi Smith took in TatertTot just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the pitbull until she could find him a permanent home, but he became family for good.
Although the 10-month-old dog had only been in the home for a few days, TaterTot quickly sensed something was wrong with 4-year-old Peyton Anderson and began licking and jumping on the boy when he wouldn't wake up.
"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," Smith told FOX 9. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."
After rushing her son to the emergency room, doctors ran a battery of tests to discover the boy's blood sugar was dangerously low.
"If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," said Isis Sanchez, of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. "That may have been what the dog picked up on."
Sanchez said TatorTot's keen sense of smell likely helped him realize the change in Peyton's body.
"What, for us, is barely a whiff of something gives them a huge picture of what's going on," she said.
As part of the Heroic Dog Award, TaterTot will get a doggie bag containing:
- A chew toy
- A Nylabone
- A comfy harness to wear on walks
- A bag of vegan dog treats