Montrose Dog Saves Lives

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

They're often called man's best friend, but residents at one retirement community in Montrose say their dog is more than that -- he's their guardian angel.

For six years, a dog named Baby has called Anciano Towers home. He's a dog that residents say has made a huge difference in their lives.

"He watches over all of us," said Linda Guyette, the manager of Anciano Towers. "He's a good dog."

"He likes everybody," said Lillian Smith, a resident of Anciano Towers. "He's really a good dog. You don't find that very often."

They say Baby is a dog that has made a huge difference in saving their lives as well. Guyette says she remembers several times when Baby's owner Ernie Peterson started having seizures when no one was near.

"He'll get up on Ernie's chest and push his life line button to get the fire department here to help him," said Guyette. "He just barks and barks and barks until I go down and see if he's okay."

Peterson says Baby has saved his life at least four times. He says that at least four others at Anciano Towers owe Baby their lives.

"A guy took him for a walk one day and the guy fell down," said Peterson. "He came back barking for help."

Smith says when she gets sick, often times she'll sleep through the day and forget to take the medicine she needs to stay alive. But fortunately for her, she says, Baby has been there.

"He pretty much let me know that I didn't take my medicine when the machine goes off," said Smith.

Residents say Baby has no formal training as a service dog, and that their guardian angel likely had his own angel looking over him when he was brought to Anciano Towers. Peterson got Baby after the animal shelter removed him from an abusive home.

"He was out in the back yard on a big chain," said Peterson. "He was so terrified and so skinny."

Now, years later, residents say they can't imagine life without him.

"Some of us probably wouldn't be living," said Smith.

And they say they have all grown to love their baby.

"He's not our dog," said Smith. "He's our family."


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