A dog named Henry saved the life of a 9-month-old baby.
Henry’s owners, Jeff and Kelly Downing, said that their dog began to act very strangely. Henry, who is 8-years-old, was repeatedly barging into the baby’s nursery and standing at the baby’s crib, waking the baby.
Kelly Dowling told “Good Morning America,” “He was head-butting the door open and going into her room and standing there, and every time I shooed him away, he would go back in as soon as my back was turned.”
It was because of Henry’s repetitive actions of barging into the nursery that lead the Downings into the nursery. There they found their baby, who had a cold, having a hard time breathing.
Kelly Dowling said, “She wasn’t clearing her airway. She started to turn blue and go rigid and she just really couldn’t she couldn’t get air, couldn’t get any oxygen.”
After they rushed their daughter to the local hospital, the doctors were able to clear her airway.
Kelly mentioned in a social media post, “Last night the dog kept breaking into the nursery and waking the baby. She’s been sick, and I was getting so fed up with him. Until she stopped breathing. We spent the night in the hospital. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs.”
That night they returned to their home from the hospital and gave Henry extra love.
Jeff Dowling said, “We’re definitely spoiling the dog a little bit more. He was allowed to sleep in bed with me last night and he’s got a steak in his future.”
Kelly added, “He’s never done anything quite so heroic before.”
Kelly later posted on social media, “Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. The baby is doing much better today and we are home with Henry, who bravely held the fort all night even though he is scared of the dark.”