An elderly woman in Glendale, Ariz. is alive and recovering in the hospital thanks to her service dog, who performed multiple tasks in coming to her aid, after she fell in her home and broke her femur.
ABC News reports Bethe Bennett was losing consciousness on the floor when Danny, a miniature schnauzer, began licking her in the face. Bennett then signaled Danny to get the phone for her and he knocked it off a table and pushed it to her with his nose. She called 911 for help.
When she realized the doors to her home were locked, she used the command “paper” to get him to bring her pages that contained neighbors’ phone numbers, so they could unlock the front door with a hidden key.
Danny is able, thankfully, to visit Bennett in the hospital and nap in the bed with her. How great is that?
How many times do we need to read stories such as this before the naysayers drop their claims that animals lack intelligence and don’t deserve added protections in our society?
How much evidence do some people need before they come to the realization that animals do indeed possess self-awareness and abilities beyond so-called instincts? This story alone offers clear evidence that dogs (in this case) are more than instinctive in their thought patterns and problem solving.