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Heroic Hound Saves The Day

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:21pm

A Roseville, Minnesota dog has once again proven dogs just may have a sixth sense after all.

According to his owners and his neighbors, Murphy, a 2-and-a-half-year-old Newfoundland, helped save his 95-year-old neighbor on Wednesday.

"I definitely think he helped to save her life," said Stephanie Goese, Murphy's owner.

On Wednesday morning Stephanie noticed her usually quiet dog would not stop barking.

She finally let him outside.

Murphy then darted straight to the fence, stopped and continued barking.

"At first I thought he was barking at a squirrel," Stephanie said, "but he was so persistent, so persistently barking and just kind of wouldn't give it up that I went and looked out the back window and could see the neighbor was needing help."

Stephanie found her 95-year-old neighbor lying in her open garage in the chilling cold.

"We would have never seen her from the position she was in. I couldn't see her from the house. You certainly couldn't see her from the road. So if he hadn't alerted me, I never would've looked out the back window, and I don't know how long it would've been until she could've gotten some help," she said, adding that the woman had likely fallen minutes before she was discovered.

Stephanie, a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, checked the woman out and determined she was fine.

That woman, and her family, asked not to be named but they say they're grateful to Murphy for his help.

As for Murphy, he was treated to a steak Wednesday night.

"Hearing what he did today wasn't a huge surprise," said Stephanie's husband, Brian Stevenson. "But it just kind of makes you proud to know your dog can do something like that."

"I'm very proud of him," Stephanie said, "he's a wonderful pet, but I think today he's maybe a little bit more."

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