Toby the wonder pup saves his owner's life
A SUNSHINE Coast dog is being hailed as a lifesaver after a Lassie-like act ofheroism.
Two-year-old maltese-shih tzu cross Toby came to the rescue after the mother of its owner slipped and broke her neck last week.
Mike Hughes choked back tears yesterday and struggled to put into words his gratitude after Toby came to the rescue of his mum, Elizabeth Bywater.
Mr Hughes had popped up to the local shops when his 74-year-old mother slipped and hit her head in the kitchen of their Buderim home.
Toby ran next door and alerted neighbours by barking loudly, something completely out of character for the usually mild-mannered pup.
"When she fell, he ran next door," Mr Hughes said.
"He's only a tiny little fella. But he ran over and wouldn't stop barking.
"The neighbours thought 'uh oh, something's up'.
"So they rushed over, found mum on the floor and there was blood everywhere. They called an ambulance.
"He saved mum's life. I was going to be out for another hour or two.
"The paramedics said that if she had been there much longer that she would have passed."
Mrs Bywater was in hospital yesterday in a stable condition and is expected to recover in the next two to three weeks.
Mr Hughes has been full-time carer for his mother, who has Parkinson's disease, for five years.
He built an extension on his home to accommodate her and says it brought a tear to his eye when he heard what Toby had done.
He said he had no idea how Toby knew to raise the alarm but was forever grateful.
"He never barks, he usually just yaps like small dogs do," he said.
"It was quite extraordinary. He must have known that something was wrong. It brought tears to my eyes."