by Bethany Meissner
Sometimes people worry about living next door to a dog. For one elderly man in Australia, he’s lucky that he did. After falling in his backyard and being unable to get help, Zeus, a neighbor’s observant dog, came to the rescue.
According to The Weekend Courier Community, the 96-year-old man had fallen in his backyard and injured himself. He was unable to get up and was not easily visible. After falling, he lay in the backyard for more than two days, becoming severely dehydrated. Then, the man’s neighbor, Mick Condo, noticed his dog staying near the fence separating their properties. Zeus, a black Staffordshire Terrier-type dog was whimpering, too, which also caught Mick’s attention.
According to Mick, Zeus “was whining for about an hour and wouldn’t come away from the fence.” Mick listened hard and, in his words, “heard a faint ‘please help me’ and I realized my elderly neighbor was in trouble.”
Mick got the help of two men from across the road to break down a gate so they could access the neighbor. They found the elderly man bloody and dehydrated in his backyard, along with his anxious and upset dog. Mick managed to coax the dog inside for everyone’s safety. The three men called an ambulance and, while waiting placed a wet cloth to the gentleman’s lips so that he could slowly start rehydrating.
According to doctors, it’s lucky that Zeus alerted Mick to act when he did. They told the paper that the man “would not have survived another night.” The nights had been freezing cold and the man was only wearing shorts. His fall broke his ankle and necessitated a hip operation. The gentleman had lived in the home for 50 years. Since his wife moved into a care facility a few years ago, he had been living alone. Mick told the paper that he hopes elderly people in particular who live alone will interact with their neighbors so someone notices if something is wrong more quickly. Mick knows it was Zeus who saved his neighbor’s life, “He stood at the fence to show me something was wrong next door.”
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