Adopted dog saves couple's newborn daughter

Duke, the adopted dog saves the life of its owner’s newborn daughter. Screen shot via KSDK.

A Connecticut family is praising their adopted mixed breed dog they rescued six years ago for saving the life of their newborn daughter on Sunday.

Jenna Brousseau, the dog’s owner, says she and her husband were startled Sunday night when their dog “Duke” jumped onto their bed and started shaking so much, it woke the couple up. Brousseau said it was odd behavior for the dog and since Duke seemed anxious and worried, they decided to check on their newborn daughter. Upon entering the nursery, the couple found their baby inside her crib, not breathing.

Brousseau says they called 911 who was able to revive their daughter, but they credit her true survival to their scrappy dog.

Brousseau told KSDK News, “He’s the perfect dog. He was meant to be ours, and meant to be hers. I tell him all the time you were born in mommy’s heart, just because he was so meant to be ours. He’s heaven. He’s a good boy.”

The Brousseuas are hoping Duke’s tale will encourage other families to appreciate the value of adopted dogs.