Shauna Darcy brought Ruby, an American Staffordshire Terrier, into her home because she wanted to have a service dog that would help her manage her mental health issues. Shauna has agoraphobia, anxiety, and depression.
Shauna shared with The Dodo that during Ruby’s training as a service pup, she noticed that her dog did not just learn how to do basic commands. Ruby also figured out how to detect the sudden changes in Shauna’s heartbeat.
If Shauna’s heartbeat suddenly increases, Ruby always did her best to get her owner to notice her. Ruby often places her paws at Shauna, gets on top of her human, or would do something different just to get her attention.
Shauna decided to trust Ruby’s hints and went to visit a doctor. Shauna found out that she suffers from various health problems she did not even know she had, such as a rare heart disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Ruby makes her human’s life a whole lot easier. Ruby monitors Shauna’s blood pressure, heart rate, and even picks up her fur mom’s emergency medications each time Shauna suffers from anxiety attacks.
Ruby helps Shauna carry some grocery items, and fetches any things that her human drops or could not reach. Ruby also has a deep pressure therapy in case Shauna suddenly passes out.
Shauna shared that Ruby always lies on top of her, and puts all the pressure she could give every time her fur mom faints. Ruby would not stop licking her face and hands until she wakes up.
Early this October, Ruby alerted Shauna that something was not right. Shauna felt fine and did not know why her dog was restless, but she decided to trust her dog and contact an ambulance.
Apparently, Shauna’s heart was experiencing an irregular, rapid heart rate. She was barely awake and was in deep pain when the paramedics arrive.
When Shauna arrived at the hospital, the doctors immediately worked on her to make sure she is stable again. Ruby did not want to leave her human’s side, and thanks to Shauna’s service dog, Shauna miraculously survived.
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