Dogs can be trained to sniff out explosive devices, track missing children and sense when someone is about to have a seizure. No doubt about it, they are amazing creatures.
For most people, their dogs are loyal and faithful companions who curl up on the couch next to them and beg for a bite from the dinner table. But for one Florida woman, the actions of her dogs were unimaginable.
In a flash, the dogs raced off and -- miraculously -- her front door hadn't latched shut like it always does. The dogs pushed their way out the front door and galloped across the street to find someone who could save their mom.
In mere minutes, a neighbor followed the dogs into Hatcher's home and found her lying on the floor. She had suffered a severe stroke.
The neighbor realized that something was wrong when the dogs were barking furiously outdoors. Upon finding Hatcher in the throes of a medical emergency, the neighbor called 911.
She was rushed to a comprehensive stroke center at a local medical center where a medical team tried a new and innovative procedure to remove a blood clot form her neck, the cause of her stroke.
The dogs' life-saving measures were captured on Hatcher's Ring video doorbell. If the dogs hadn't entered the room right when they did and found Hatcher helpless, and inherently understood the severity of the situation and Hatcher's plea for them to help, the outcome would have been different.
It was truly a miracle that her door was ajar, too, allowing the dogs to dash outside for help instead of being shut tightly as usual. Without such an immediate response to her medical emergency, Hatcher could have experienced permanent brain damage, or worse, according to People.
"I had an angel across the street. I had a great rescue in the neighborhood, and the hospital. By rights, I shouldn't be in the shape that I'm in. I am blessed... very blessed."
Hatcher suffered an ischemic stroke and a clot had cut off her blood flow to the right side of her brain. Every second counts in such a life-threatening situation.