Larry Holm was about to take his dogs on a morning walk when he felt a tightness in his chest that worsened into a crushing sensation.
“I thought, ‘Man, I’m having a heart attack,’” he said.
He was sweating and getting more and more disoriented but he managed to dial 911 and tell the operator that he was having a heart attack. He was also able to tell the operator his address.
Luna, his German Shepherd, and Rio, his Labrador Retriever, became agitated.
“My Shepherd starting barking like crazy, and my Lab put her head on my shoulder and she started crying,” Holm said. Holm felt himself drifting away.
“I was going down. I thought, ‘OK. I’m going to the other side.’ I figured I wouldn’t make it,” he said.
During that time, he thought it wouldn’t be such a bad way to die — accompanied by two of his best friends who loved him so dearly.
But Luna and Rio had other ideas – they kept licking Holm’s face urgently.
“They kept me alert and going,” he said. “I credit them with saving my life.”
A team of paramedics arrived and rushed Holm to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.
Fortunately, Holm survived the incident – thanks to his dogs and the medical team who cared for him.
Holm is now recovering after attending a series of cardiac rehabilitation sessions. He is now back to walking Rio and Luna four mornings a week!
He said, Luna and Rio had already saved him once before. They were all on a walk and an aggressive, 120-pound dog came barreling toward them. At first,the dogs hid behind his legs, but then, Luna jumped out and crashed chest-to-chest into the oncoming dog.
The German Shepherd grabbed the attacking dog by the neck and the Labrador darted out and grabbed the aggressor’s legs. All three dogs survived the incident.
Holm said he learned that day that his dogs would always protect him!
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