We all know dogs are loyal, most of the time. But one Golden Retriever in China recently showed us what loyalty really means.
The faithful dog refused to leave the side of his human even after she fainted on the sidewalk of a busy street in the Heilongjiang city of Daqing, and lay on the ground, unconscious.
A video of the heartfelt scene was first posted to Chinese social media by Pear Video. It shows the dog dutifully guarding the motionless woman before paramedics came to shuttle her off to a care center.
Even then, the dog wasn’t about to be left behind. You can see it trying to hop into the ambulance several times before making it into the vehicle. Ordinarily, dogs aren’t allowed in ambulances, but the determination of this loyal pet was so moving, emergency responders had no choice but to make an exception.
“Normally it’s not allowed [for dogs to ride in ambulance],” nurse Yu Jingjing told the South China Morning Post. “But considering dog owners regard their pets as family members and the woman’s family or friends couldn’t be contacted, we didn’t have the heart to just leave it there.”
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According to the Shanghaiist, one treated for her exhaustion, the woman was revived, and immediately called out for her dog.
Of course, it was right there by her side.
“When we saw the patient hug the dog as soon as she woke up we knew we did right bringing it along,” said Zhang Jihong, the hospital’s head nurse
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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