Family dog stops traffic during owner’s seizure

OTTAWA, Ontario — A family’s dog went from pet to hero for her actions to save their daughter who suddenly started having a seizure while they were out walking together.

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“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and being really confused ... Just like what is going on,” Haley Moore told CTV News about the March 16 medical emergency.

Video from a neighbor’s surveillance camera shows what happened. Moore collapses while walking Clover, the family’s 1.5 year old maremma mix. First, Clover checks on Moore. Then she eyes a car pass by. As a truck approaches, Clover frees her leash from Moore’s hand and blocks the driver’s path.

“It was really impressive, the dog actually blocked my way. She kind of backed into the road to block my truck,” said driver Dryden Oatway, who got out to help. “The whole time she was backing down the street she had eyes on Haley — didn’t look away from her. She kept her distance from me but made sure her owner was OK and that was amazing.”

Clover got the attention of a neighbor who also came over to help.

“You could tell she didn’t want to leave her even when we were with her, but I think it just came to her that she was like ‘I need to go home to let them know she needs help,’” Danielle Pilon said.

They took Clover home.

“When I got a knock on the door from the neighbors, they were frantic and our dog Clover was barking like crazy,” father Randall Moore said.

Clover and the family returned to find Haley Moore being treated by paramedics.

“To see my daughter, face full of mud, and she was incoherent, wasn’t sure where she was, it was just terrifying, it really was,” Randall Moore said.

Haley Moore was OK. The cause of her seizure is unknown. Haley takes solace knowing Clover will be there for her though.

“If this ends up happening again, I feel 10 times safer and I know she will be there for me,” Haley said. “You know how good animals are and she’s a really amazing dog and I love her to death.”

The Moores made sure to show Clover her heroic actions were appreciated by getting her a couple of large steaks for dinner.