Man’s best friend: Dog alerts neighbor when owner has stroke

The family’s 7-year-old sable German Shepherd, Ellie, bolted for help. Suffering a hereditary condition that can cause joint pain and lameness, the dog opened no fewer than three gate latches by herself before hopping like a kangaroo to a neighbor’s nearby house, barking furiously for attention.

The neighbor, Dan Burton, 51, of Gainesville, walked the agitated Ellie back to her owner’s home, realized the unfolding medical crisis and dialed 911.

Lothar Weimann plays with his two German Shepherds, Ellie, 권리, and Willy, in the backyard of his home on Sept. 16, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. When 68-year-old Weimann suffered a stroke at home in May, Ellie got through three gates and barked furiously to alert a neighbor. (Melissa Hernandez de la Cruz/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

Lothar Weimann plays with his two German Shepherds, Ellie, 권리, and Willy, in the backyard of his home on Sept. 16, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. When 68-year-old Weimann suffered a stroke at home in May, Ellie got through three gates and barked furiously to alert a neighbor. (Melissa Hernandez de la Cruz/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

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