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N.C. Veteran Recovering from Stroke Reunited with the 'Miracle' Chihuahua that Saved His Life

 A chihuahua in North Carolina became an unlikely hero earlier this month when she saved her owner’s life while he was having a stroke.


Rudy Armstrong, 86, called on his chihuahua Boo-Boo for help when he found himself in an emergency situation


A chihuahua in North Carolina became an unlikely hero earlier this month when she saved her owner’s life while he was having a stroke. Rudy Armstrong had begun his day as was common on his houseboat in Occidental, but the 86-year-old Navy veteran later realized something was wrong.



"I sat down in my chair, drank my coffee, and therefore the next thing I do know it had been after lunch," he told WCTI. "And I couldn’t even get my hand to maneuver and my foot wouldn’t move." Realizing he was having a stroke and not having the ability to follow in his phone to involve help, Armstrong turned to his pet chihuahua, Boo-Boo.



"I didn’t want to be there for a few of days before somebody would come by," he shared, "So I said, 'Ok Boo-Boo, go get me some help.'" Boo-Boo did just that, leading the Dockmaster to Armstrong. The dockkeeper called in paramedics, and Armstrong was taken to the CarolinaEast Center.


"We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Boo-Boo, the miracle pup," the hospital wrote during a Facebook post. Five days after Boo-Boo saved Armstrong’s life, the pair were finally reunited. “I’ve got tears running out of my eyes," Armstrong said of the reunion. "Missed her such a lot , man.”

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