I say it pretty often that in a business such as mine where it seems that everything is negativity, cynicism or some kind of battle, it’s nice to write a story that diverges somewhat from “the norm.” Though I’m sure there will be plenty of people who have something to say about why this soldier was in Afghanistan in the first place and how we treat our vets once they come back home from war. All valid points, but for now I’m just going to focus on the amazing behavior displayed by this dog that should be considered a hero.
In what can only be described as remarkable, Terry McGlade, a U.S. Marine who suffers from PTSD and seizures after being wounded by an IED in Afghanistan, was saved by his dog Major, a labrador retriever – pit bull mix.
Earlier this month, McGlade collapsed from a seizure. Major, who’s trained to sense when he’s having a seizure and help him in situations where he suffers from anxiety stemming from his PTSD, jumped into action.
“He was actually able to get my phone out of my pocket. I don’t have the phone anymore because there are teeth marks on the phone,” said McGlade.
How it works is the phone is set up where the dog just needs to step on the screen for a few seconds which will prompt it to automatically dial 9-1-1, though initially dispatchers on the other end didn’t hear the dog bark. McGlade said that after around 10 failed tries to alert dispatchers, they became suspicious and finally made out a man on the other end who sounded confused.
After calling for help, Major then went to the front curb to wait for medics and the police. Upon their arrival he then led them back to where McGlade was.
McGlade admitted he might have been in a lot of trouble if it weren’t for his dog. Following this incident he signed Major up for “best dog” contest, and you can go here to vote for this hero dog.
Watch the segment below from ABC6:
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