When Terry McGlade started to have a seizure in his backyard, he thought all hope was lost. Lucky for him, his dog Major was nearby.
No stranger to seeing Terry seize up, Major pulled the cellphone out of his pocket and began stepping on it with his paw. Thanks to Terry’s one button emergency contact, it wasn't long before Major had been connected with first responders, who appeared on the scene soon after.
Terry first got Major after he returned from military service in Afghanistan to help him deal with his frequent seizures caused by a roadside bomb. Major helps Terry deal with medical emergencies as well as offer support and companionship for his PTSD.
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And while Major is a terrific companion, he was never explicitly trained to dial a phone. This rescue story is yet another example of how pets can perform some miraculous an unexpected feats in times of crisis.
And if that wasn’t enough, when the first responders arrived, Major was sitting in the front yard, waiting for them. Then, in true Lassie form, he then led them around back where Terry was lying unconscious.
“I probably would have been in severe trouble if he wouldn't have called,” said McGlade. “I don’t think I could operate in the everyday world without him right now.”
McGlade stayed overnight at the hospital for observation, but was released the next day with no serious harm done. And while Terry managed to escape any real damage, if it wasn’t for his miraculous service dog, he might not have been so lucky.
McGlade has nominated Major for the American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards, hoping to get some recognition for his dogs amazing rescue.