Dan the Human: My dog saved my life. How do I thank her?

Dear Paws to Talk,

Recently, my dog Ruby saved my life. I had a bad day and decided to drown my sorrows in whiskey. A couple of drinks into my pity party, I started to make dinner for myself. I put a frozen dinner in the oven without taking it out of the box. I continued to drink and drink until I eventually blacked out.

Hours later, I woke up thanks to Ruby barking at her highest pitch in my ear. The smoke alarm was going crazy and my dinner was on fire. I grabbed Ruby and we made our way out of the house. I live alone so I can’t imagine what would have happened had Ruby not sounded her own alarm.

The truth is that I had been struggling with alcohol abuse and that night made my realize that I needed help.

I don’t know where I would be without Ruby. Since that night, I have been in counseling and am putting my life back together.

Ruby continues to be my lifesaver and shining star. How do I thank her for everything she has done?

-Dan the Human

Howl Dan,

We’re glad you’re safe and improving your life. Ruby sounds like she is a true gem and not just because she is named after one.

There are many ways you can thank Ruby. For starters, a lifetime supply of treats and plush toys might be a good way. Don’t buy any cheap stuff. She deserves things that are top of the line.

Besides the gifts, the best way you can thank Ruby is to love her with all of your heart. Give her hugs, kisses, and belly rubs. Tell her that you love her. Just because she barks a different language doesn’t mean she can’t understand what you are saying. She will hear it. Many of us dogs are bilingual. Humans just don’t know it.

Is there an adventure that you have been meaning to do with Ruby? Now is the time. If you think she will love a hike or swim then go for it. Explore new things together.

It sounds like you learned a lot from that night. Ruby means a lot to you but you are also very important to her. Don’t spend all of your days trying to repay her (you should spend some though) just be there for her and that will be enough.

We wish you and Ruby all the best.


Bella and DiDi
















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16 thoughts on “Dan the Human: My dog saved my life. How do I thank her?

  1. I love your postings, I’m so glad I came across your blog. I really believe this story and have heard our four-legged pets have always been in tune even to our health crisis. I sure hope this was an eye wakening experience for Dan, one, to lose the booze bottle and to stay alert for himself and his fury companion that saved his life. God was watching out for him, dog is backwards for God and He is our greatest friend 🙂

  2. What wonderful advice guys,

    This is a very touching story and I think Ruby is such a Hero, it sounds like both her and her human are lucky to have each other and I wish them lots of future fun 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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