Mom Patricia Drauch was on her way to get something from her garage and thought her 14-month-old son, Stanley, was right behind her. But when she didn’t see him, she immediately went to the yard where to her horror she saw her son had fallen into the swimming pool.
The toddler appeared blue, but he was luckily face-up in the water thanks to their Labrador Retriever, Bear! Bear was in the pool underneath Stanley, propping the boy up on his back so that Stanley’s head was out of the water.
Patricia grabbed her son out of the water and called 911, but when she could not get cell-phone service, she raced to her car and began driving to the nearest fire department for help. While on the way, she was able to reach 911 and EMTs examined Stanley and found him in good shape. He was then taken to hospital and was released later that day.
Patricia knows Bear saved her son’s life and attributes it to the strong bond the dog shares with her children. “I’ve always told Bear growing up, ever since he was a pup to just watch over his babies,” says Patricia. “I’ve always told him that they were his babies.”