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|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 10 May 2012 01:08|
Los Angeles (CNS) - A German shepherd was given the 30th annual National Hero Dog Award for saving the life of his owner and helping her in other ways.
Bear, a one-time shelter dog with no formal training, got to learn how to detect when Debbie Zeisler, was going to have seizures.
Zeisler, who is in her 50s, had suffered seizures since a riding accident 18 years ago. About a year ago, Bear tried to stop Zeisler, of Milsap, Texas, from going outside, but she pushed past Bear.
Almost immediately she was hit with a seizure, fell down the front steps of her home, hit her head and lost consciousness.
Bear went running from house to house, scratching on front doors, trying to find help. About a block away, Bear came across an animal control officer. With Bear's help, the officer found Zeisler lying in the hot sun, disoriented and confused. Paramedics were called and Bear rode with Zeisler in the ambulance to a hospital.
Bear regularly directs Zeisler to take her medications every morning and has fetched her medication on occasion.
"This just goes to show how amazing shelter dogs can be," Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles President Madeline Bernstein said at a ceremony at the Nokia Plaza at the LA Live entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles.
"If Debbie had not adopted Bear, where would she and Bear be today? The bond between an animal and his human companion is powerful and life saving."