If your dog doesn’t normally bark but one day sounds off, it may be wise to pay heed. A young lady in Georgia noticed her pet pit bull acting out of character and decided to let him out to see what was up. The trusty canine led her straight to a lake, where she found someone in need of assistance.
On Feb. 6, Abby Leathers, of Lawrenceville, shared on Instagram about how she had made herself a cup of tea that morning before settling down to watch an episode of Batman, “as most 28 year olds do.”
However, everything was interrupted by her 5-year-old pit bull, Bruce.
“Bruce sat at the front door whining and sniffing, which I thought weird and annoying, as he usually goes out back,” she wrote.
“He was scratching at the windows, and I was like ‘Bruce, stop, we rent this place,’” Leathers said of Bruce’s strange behavior to AJC.com. “He kept scratching, sniffing under the door. Then he barked, and he never barks, so I knew something was going on.”
When she opened the door to let him out, Bruce “bolted to the right side of my house towards the small pond.”
Once Leathers reached the pond, she understood the reason for Bruce’s bizarre behavior. Standing in the pond was a half-naked elderly woman.
“She was standing two or three feet down, up to her knees in the water,” Leathers told Fox 2.
After tying Bruce to a nearby tree, Leathers ran to grab a blanket and a robe for the woman.
“She was trembling, confused, and scared,” Leathers recalled.
When Leathers tried to communicate with the woman, she couldn’t understand the language the woman talked in, nor was she able to ascertain “her name, where she lived or anything useful.”
Leathers thought the woman was deaf or was hearing-impaired when the woman “kept motioning to her ears.”
Soon after she called the police, they arrived with three paramedics. The police told Leathers that they had received a call about a missing elderly woman nearby.
The woman’s family soon rushed over and identified her. They told Leathers that the woman was actually speaking an Ethiopian dialect called Amharic. They also thanked Leathers for saving the woman.
But Leathers credited Bruce for it.
“Without Bruce, I would have never known she was out there,” Leathers said. “If I hadn’t gone out there, I don’t know what would have happened. I don’t know if she knew how to swim. She could have drowned.”
Leathers also hoped that through hearing about Bruce’s heroics, people would now look at pit bulls differently.
“I wish people gave the breed a chance because everyone needs a hero. If it helps a pit bull get adopted, if it saves a pit bull’s life, I’ll tell Bruce’s story until I’m blue in the face,” she said.