Dog alerts family to Spring teen’s stroke, makes ‘massive’ difference

Time was of the essence as the healthy, athletic high school senior suffered a medical emergency overnight. No one was aware, except the family dog.

Border collie (Pixabay)

SPRING, Texas – It was about 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning when Amanda Tanner and her husband were suddenly jolted out of sleep by their dog.

Axel, a 1-year-old border collie the family had rescued, jumped on their bed and seemed adamant they get up. When the groggy couple was slow to respond, the dog was persistent in trying to get their attention.

“He was pawing me more than normal to get me to move,” Tanner, 44, who lives in Spring, Texas, tells

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