Rescued Pit Bull Saves Boy's Life
Sensed his low blood sugar and warned mom
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
Norton, a rescued pit bull.   (AP Photo/Paws for Life Rescue)

(Newser) – Pit bulls don't get a lot of good press, but here's one pooch doing its part to change the breed's image: TatorTot, a rescued pit bull from Minneapolis possibly saved a 4-year-old boy's life after he sensed a dangerous drop in the youngster's blood sugar and warned the boy's mother. The dog was scheduled to be put down, but had been taken in as a foster by the family less than a week earlier, reports Fox 9.

Christi Smith says TaterTot came to her in the middle of the night after he had tried, and failed, to rouse her son, Peyton. "He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us," she says. "I checked on him, and he was barely breathing." Smith rushed the boy to the ER, where doctors found his blood sugar was dangerously low. A vet says he probably sniffed out the changes in the boy. "If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones," she explains. "What, for us, is barely a whiff of something gives them a huge picture of what's going on."

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Oct 10, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
Sound like TatorTot has the ability to be a medical alert animal. I hope the family adopts him and tells this story to every person they meet.
Oct 10, 2013 2:58 AM CDT
If it ain't Pit , it ain't shit.
Oct 9, 2013 10:18 PM CDT
We the people must respect all life, or die as a a world of 10 billion...11 billion people by 2100. HEARTVOTE (com is my effort to help