Pit Bull Whines Strangely at Door, Owner Follows Him, Rescues Woman From Lake

February 10, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018

An elderly woman was rescued from a lake in Lawrenceville, Georgia, after a dog apparently sensed her and alerted its owner.

Abby Leathers had just settled down with a cup of tea to watch an episode of “Batman” on Tuesday morning, Feb .6, while her pit bull Bruce sat at the front door, whining and sniffing. She thought it strange and annoying, but then the whines turned more urgent.

Bruce #notabully #pibbles #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbull #velvethippo

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“I got up with a huff and went to take him for a walk out front,” she said in an Instagram post.

Once outside, Bruce bolted to the lake right by her home. She followed him as fast as she could and found him at the edge of the lake.

“Just beyond him, in the water, was a half-naked, elderly woman,” she said. “I immediately tied his leash to a tree and waded into the water some to get her.”

The woman was confused, scared, and cold. She spoke an Ethiopian dialect that Leathers couldn’t understand—she couldn’t even discern the woman’s name or where she lived.

Leathers brought the woman in, dried her off, and gave her some clothes and hot tea.

“I had called 911 and they responded very quickly,” Leathers said. “Soon I had 3 cops, 3 paramedics, and one very confused and lost woman wearing my robe in my living room.”

Bruce saved a lady's life today. He really is a wonder dog. This morning when I woke up, I made a cup of tea and settled down to watch an episode of Batman, as most 28 year olds do. Bruce sat at the front door whining and sniffing, which I thought weird and annoying, as he usually goes out back. The whines became more urgent so I got up with a huff and went to take him for a walk out front. Once the door was open, Bruce bolted to the right side of my house towards the small pond. I followed him as quickly as I could only to find him at the edge of the pond. Just beyond him, in the water, was a half-naked, elderly woman. I immediately tied his leash to a tree and waded into the water some to get her. She was trembling, confused, and scared. Bruce and I brought her in, dried her off, clothed her and gave her some hot tea. Despite my best attempts, I could not discern what language she was using, her name, where she lived or anything useful. She kept motioning to her ears so I assumed she was deaf or hearing impaired. Bruce was praetorian in his watch. ? I had called 911 and they responded very quickly. Soon I had 3 cops, 3 paramedics, and one very confused and lost woman wearing my robe in my living room. Eventually, the police said they had received a call about a missing elderly woman nearby. Her family rushed over and identified her. She was speaking an Ethiopian dialect known as Amharic. I had no chance of verbally communicating with her, but I held her hands when she extended hers so I hope it helped. It was an eventful morning, and someone's mom and grandmother did not freeze or drown in a pond because of my wonderful pitty bull Bruce. Now, if only you'd hear this pitbull story on the news. #notabully #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #pibble #pibblesofinstagram #velvethippo #dogsofinstagram #dogs #wedontdeservedogs #herodog #gwinnett #gwinnettcounty #localnews #proudmama

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The police told her they had received a call about a missing elderly woman nearby. The woman’s family eventually rushed over.

“I had no chance of verbally communicating with her, but I held her hands when she extended hers so I hope it helped,” Leathers said. “It was an eventful morning, and someone’s mom and grandmother did not freeze or drown in a pond because of my wonderful pitty bull Bruce.”

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