POSTED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 12:34pm
Portland, CT (WFSB) — A family in Portland is thanking their rescue dog for saving their infant daughter's life.
"If Duke hadn't been so scared, we would have just gone to sleep," said Jenna Brousseau.
On Sunday night, Duke, who was adopted nearly six years ago, jumped on the Brousseau's bed and was shaking uncontrollably, enough to wake them up.
"He is insanely obedient, so this is extremely bizarre," Brousseau said.
The Brousseaus said Duke has never acted like that before and knew something was wrong. When they went into their 9-week-old daughter Harper's room, she was not breathing.
"My husband called 911 and the ambulance came here and it was because of our Dukey dog, who alerted us," Brousseau said.
Harper was taken to an area hospital after being revived by paramedics.
"I tell him all the time, 'You were born in mommy's heart,' just because he was so meant to be ours," Brousseau said.
The family wanted to share their story because they wanted to inspire others to consider rescuing an animal like they did.