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Old 12 August 2009, 05:48 PM
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Dog Dog saves boy from seizure

Comment: Do you believe in canine guardian angels and the kindness of
strangers? You just might after reading this story.

Early one morning, Yolanda Segovia's neighbor, Stacey Savige, knocked on
her door and asked her to temporarily take in a stray dog she had found.
The scruffy terrier mix had

no collar or microchip. Segovia eyed the pooch -- burrs sticking to his
belly and mud caking his fur -- and reluctantly agreed to foster him for
the day.

An erstwhile hairdresser, Segovia hasn't worked since 2006. At 47, she is
a survivor of breast cancer and cervical cancer. A divorced single mother
of two, Segovia shares her Port Tampa, Florida home with her 10 year-old
son Azaiah and 21 year-old son Christian. Her elder son has Down Syndrome;
he cannot speak or bathe himself, and he has had heart surgery and a
kidney transplant, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Azaiah immediately took to the dog, whom he named RaeLee (pronounced
"Riley"). Segovia and her sons bought the dog a collar, leash, ball and
brown bed from the dollar store, and all that day, Azaiah played with the
dog, laughing gleefully whenever RaeLee licked his face. "Don't fall in
love with him," Segovia warned.

Segovia and Savige made 4,000 FOUND flyers with the dog's picture, stuffed
mailboxes and put an ad on Craigslist. When no one called, RaeLee stayed
the night at the Segovias' house. His dog bed was placed in the living
room, but when the boys climbed into their twin beds, RaeLee dragged his
bed down the long hallway and bunked with the boys in their room.

By Saturday -- four days later -- no one had called to claim RaeLee, and
he was still living with the Segovias. The honey-colored terrier had
started responding to his new name. He almost never barked, loved playing
rambunctiously with Azaiah, and was tender with Christian.

One afternoon, the dog settled himself on the floor near Christian as he
watched a "Barney" video in his room. Segovia was outside watering the
plants when the placid moment was shattered by the sound of RaeLee
crashing into the screen door and barking crazily. Alarmed, Segovia opened
the door, only to have the dog race back through the house towards the
boys' room. Segovia followed, screaming when she caught sight of her son.
Christian was "slumped over, his body writhing in a seizure, blood
streaming from his nose and mouth." RaeLee stood next to him yelping, but
suddenly went quiet when Yolanda reached down to hold her son.

"If he hadn't come to get me," Segovia said, "the neurologist said
Christian would have choked on his own blood and died." The dog, she
decided, was a keeper.

But the next day, Segovia and her sons were heartbroken when someone
called to claim the dog they had come to love. Randy Cliff, 34, who lived
six blocks away said he had been searching for his dog -- real name
Odie -- for over a week. Odie had lived with Cliff, his wife, their four
children and infant granddaughter. Savige cried, telling Cliff, "That dog
saved my friend's son."

When Cliff came to collect his dog, RaeLee a.k.a. Odie, leapt off the
Segovias' porch and into his arms. Christian watched from a window. Azaiah
stood on the porch watching the man hug the dog he knew as RaeLee. "We're
going to miss you," he said, tearfully.

Looking up, Cliff took in the scene -- Christian looking scared, Azaiah
looking downtrodden -- and asked, "Is that your brother?" Azaiah nodded
yes.

With a sudden change of heart, Cliff put the dog back down. "Maybe Odie
was supposed to find you," Cliff told a stunned and delighted Azaiah.
"Maybe you should keep him."

And that is how the kindness of strangers -- Savige for rescuing a lost
dog, Segovia for taking him in, and Cliff for giving up his pet to a pair
of brothers who needed the dog more -- brought RaeLee to live with Azaiah,
Christian and their mother.
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Old 12 August 2009, 06:57 PM
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This story has to be real.

Who would go the trouble of making up all those names?
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Old 12 August 2009, 07:13 PM
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I remember seeing this crop up on some pet boards.

It was linked from here:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,538724,00.html

It's sourced to the St Pete paper via AP.
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Old 12 August 2009, 08:08 PM
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See!? Told ya so.

Thanks, Ryda Wong, EBfCo.. I would have looked it up myself, but I'm just too darn lazy. I got winded just typing in your name.

Photo "finally a good story from Florida" Bob
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