Two Lives Saved

In my “Winter Gathered” post I promised the story of Maggie, the adopted Golden who literally saved her human dad’s life. I have the inside scoop as the compiler of the organization’s newsletter. Now that it has been published, I feel free to bring you her story now.


Bill and Carol adopted Maggie from Homeward Bound last year. It was love at first sight, but they had no way of knowing what a huge impact she would have on their lives until last October.

Bill had taken Maggie for her morning constitution. They walk on a remote wetland trail that runs behind their home. It is a beautiful place for a nature walk, but not a good place for a medical emergency. Bill collapsed on the trail; Maggie sprang into action. Like something out of a Lassie episode, she ran up the trail, around the corner, and down the block where she found a neighbor walking his dog. Excitedly encouraging the neighbor to follow her, she led him to the trail and then sprinted down the length of it. When the neighbor turned the corner, he saw Maggie about 60 yards away, sitting next to an unconscious Bill.

Emergency responders were called. Bill was revived and rushed to the hospital; he flat-lined a total of three times before undergoing emergency surgery to implant a pacemaker. The urgency was so great that it was done under local anesthesia. Ouch. The surgeon informed Carol that they had acted just in the nick of time.


“Our wonderful new dog Maggie had saved his life. She is an angel from heaven and she is the reason that Bill is alive today.”~ Carol

I guess this is the universe leveling the score. Carol and Bill saved Maggie’s life and gave her a wonderful forever home. She probably just thought she was returning the favor.


There are other inspiring stories in the newsletter. If you care to visit, you will find it here. Enjoy.

Published by


I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

22 thoughts on “Two Lives Saved”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s