A 10-month-old Pit Bull named TaterTot was taken in by a woman named Christi Smith in Minnesota just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Recently, TaterTot noticed that something was wrong with Smith’s son who became unresponsive due to a drop in blood sugar. TaterTot alerted Smith and she rushed her son to the hospital just in time. Read more from Fox 9:
Christi Smith took in TatertTot just hours before he was scheduled to be put down by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. She planned to foster the four-legged friend until she could find him a permanent home, but she says he’s already become family for good.
When watching Peyton Anderson play with his dog, it’s clear the two have a special bond — but Smith didn’t know how special that bond was until last week when the pooch alerted her that the 4-year-old was not well in the middle of the night.
"He just seemed kind of weird," Smith recalled. "He wasn’t really coherent — deliriously tired."
Although the 10-month-old pit bull rescue had only been in her home for a few days, TaterTot quickly sensed something was wrong and began licking and jumping on the boy when he wouldn’t wake up.
"He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," she told FOX 9 News. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing."
After rushing her son to the emergency room, doctors ran a battery of tests to discover the boy’s blood sugar was dangerously low.
"If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," explained Isis Sanchez, of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. "That may have been what the dog picked up on."
Sanchez said TatorTot’s keen sense of smell likely helped him realize the change in Peyton’s body.
TaterTot was given a second chance at life and he more than returned the favor. Good dog! Click here for the full story and a news video.