One Otowa family’s pup is eating like royalty this week after her heroism saved a life.
“[My wife] Diane comes home with a couple of big steaks and I thought ‘Wow, this is great, I’m getting a big steak!’ and she said, ‘No, it’s for Clover for doing such a great job,'” Randall Moore told CTV News.
Clover, a one-and-a-half-year-old Maremma mix, had stepped in when Haley Moore, the family’s daughter, suffered a seizure that left her collapsed on the ground during a walk. Thanks to Clover’s quick actions and the help of strangers, Haley’s life was saved!
“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and being really confused; just like, ‘what is going on?’” Haley explained to the outlet. While enjoying a clear day on their neighborhood walk, she had suffered a seizure and lost consciousness. Clover was distraught, but quickly took charge of the situation.
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She watched as an SUV drove by, oblivious of the situation, and formed a plan. The leash was still in Haley’s hand, so Clover jumped and twisted until she was free. Then, slowly backing into the middle of the road, she decided to stop the next vehicle that came her way.
It turned out to be a delivery truck, driven by 21-year-old Dryden Oatway. A video of the incident was captured on a neighbor’s security camera, and shows Clover carefully but deliberately bringing the truck to a halt by fearlessly blocking its path.
“The whole time she was backing down the street she had eyes on Haley; didn’t look away from her. She kept her distance from me but made sure her owner was okay and that was amazing,” Oatway told CTV. He quickly reached the girl, laying in the snowbank. Clover repeated her ploy and got the attention of Danielle Pilon, who leapt out of her Jeep to help Oatway and Moore.
Satisfied that Haley was getting help, Clover ran to inform the rest of the Moore family.
“When I got a knock on the door from the neighbours, they were frantic and our dog Clover was barking like crazy,” Randall Moore recalled. Paramedics had already reached the scene and were treating Moore in an ambulance when her family got to her.
Fortunately, she is okay, though the family is unsure of what caused the seizure. For now, the family is celebrating Clover’s quick thinking with steak dinners and plenty of love.
“She’s a really amazing dog and I love her to death,” Haley added. “If this ends up happening again, I feel 10 times safer and I know she will be there for me.”
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