It’s not every day a former rescue dog becomes the rescuer! But that’s exactly what happened one chilly winter day in Escanaba, Michigan.
The pup in question, an adorable 3-year-old mixed-breed named Peanut, saw something strange outside of her window and immediately jumped into action! Peanut’s “sixth sense” started to go off and she knew things were off!
Now she’s being heralded as a hero all over the country….
A year ago, Peanut was taken into the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba with several broken legs and ribs, as well as a stomach that was filled with carpeting. It was easy to see the first two years of her life were anything but easy!
Thankfully, she was quickly rehabilitated and adopted into a loving home. There she was given a life most dogs would dream of – belly rubs, head scratches, lots of food and plenty of toys filled her days!
But, roughly one year after her adoption, Peanut made news around the shelter she came from – and it’s all because of something amazing she did for a total stranger.
In a letter to the shelter’s staff, Peanut’s new parents shared an incredible story about how their beloved furry friend saved the life of an abandoned little girl.
The letter read:
I must share a heartfelt story about how wonderful our little Peanut has been! She has truly been a blessing to our family and we love having her around. As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves. However, I think she still has some ‘sixth sense’ about her past life that she has carried with her.
Today, Peanut was responsible for saving the life of a 3-year-old little girl. About 11 am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside.”
“He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why. He let her outside where she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed. My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside. He called 911 and reported the incident.
By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – ‘doggie.’
Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved today. She has been such a blessing to us, and now to others. Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is. She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive.
Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well.”
The freezing little girl was later identified as a Escanaba resident, after she was transferred to the local hospital. Her parents were located by the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, where they discovered her home was unsanitary and unfit for anyone to live in – let alone a little girl to thrive!
As if that wasn’t enough, officers found another young girl living in the squalid conditions.
Both the little girl found in the ditch by Peanut, and the girl in the home were handed over to Child Protective Services where they will stay until the court decides the next steps.
Thanks to Peanut’s intuition and persistence, two little girls will have warm beds to sleep in and full bellies. She truly is man’s (or girl’s) best friend!