Shauna Darcy and her dog Ruby, an American Staffordshire Terrier, were best of friends. Shauna immediately fell in love with Ruby the first time she saw her. She saw the potential that Ruby could become a great and amazing therapy dog and she needed a therapy dog who could help her manage her anxiety, agoraphobia, and depression.
Surprisingly, Ruby showed immense progress during her training. She proved that she was capable of becoming a good therapy dog even if other people perceived her as a dangerous dog. Ruby exceeded the expectations of her trainer. Shauna was the happiest when Ruby graduated from her training with flying colors.
What Shauna didn’t know that Ruby would be saving her life later on.
Ruby is trained to detect irregularities in Shauna’s heart rate. Whenever Shauna is experiencing an abnormal heart rate, Ruby extends her paw to Shauna to get her attention.
However, Shauna observed that Ruby would often give her paw to her recently. She decided to see her doctor for her own peace and she was surprised to know that she had a serious health problem. Shauna’s doctor disclosed to her that she had a very rare heart condition; it is called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome might cause the weakening of the aorta and other major arteries in the body and if any of those arteries ruptured, it might cause the life of the individual.
After learning about her disease, Shauna started to train Ruby to focus more on her cardiac problems. Ruby helped Shauna to closely monitor her blood pressure and heart rate. If Shauna passed out, Ruby would apply pressure on her body and lick her face until she regained her consciousness.
Ruby also brings Shauna’s emergency medications whenever she experiences panic attacks. She also helps her favorite human in carrying groceries. Ruby is willing to do everything for Shauna because she loves her so much.
Shauna trusted Ruby so much, that when her dog alerted her about something, she immediately called an ambulance. At the hospital, the doctors sensed that her heart was about to have atrial fibrillation. After a few minutes, Shauna felt immense pain and was barely unconscious when the paramedics attended to her.
If Shauna didn’t pay attention to Ruby’s warnings, she could’ve ended up dead.
While having treatment at the hospital, Ruby didn’t leave Shauna’s side. She slept beside her to make sure that her fur mama was safe.
Since that life-threatening incident, Shauna learns to trust Ruby’s judgment more. She is forever indebted to her best friend for saving her life. With Ruby around, Shauna feels safe and secure.
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