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Newly adopted dog saves lives of owners

Newly Adopted Dog Saves Family's Lives

In a kind of real-life "Lassie" story, a central Indiana dog whose owner had just adopted him from a rescue group became the rescuer instead, FOX59 reports.

Like anyone who loves their dog, Erin Cramer isn't afraid to show it. Now her love goes a little deeper, though, since she owes her life to her pet.

Two months ago, Cramer adopted Clobberhead from the local chapter of Greyhound Pets of America.

Cramer and her daughter call him Clobber and knew right away he was the right fit.

"It was just one of those things where (we knew) this was our dog for sure," Cramer said.

Recently, Cramer was home sick when Clobber started acting out. He was standing with his nose against the wall and when she took him out to get some air, he immediately wanted to go back inside.

"He pulled me back in the house, literally, and the minute I took the leash off he raced back up the stairs," Cramer said.

Still unsure what was wrong, she went to the laundry room. That's when it hit her.

"(A) wall of gas just came pouring out," Cramer said.

Her water heater had sprung a leak and begun filling the room with natural gas. Later, Cramer also learned the heater was sparking.

"(The plumber) said it probably would have ignited the gas fumes and taken out not only this house but several around me," Cramer said.

Clobber quite literally saved Cramer's life.

When we asked Greyhounds Pets of America's local chapter President Marilyn Hamilton about Clobber's behavior, she said it didn't come as a shock.

"I'm just not surprised. They're very intuitive. They're very sensitive ... dogs," Hamilton said.

Clobber, along with many of the local chapter's dogs, came from a race track in Florida. Cramer hopes that his story will inspire other families to consider adopting a rescued Greyhound like him.

"If it wasn't for him coming into our lives, we probably wouldn't be here right now," Cramer said.

For more information on Greyhound adoption, visit the Greyhounds Pets of America Indianapolis website here.

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Morty March 25 2014 at 6:53 PM

Dogs are very smart. They will always bond with you.

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jdunbar60 March 25 2014 at 5:53 PM

I've always said there is a reason that Dog is God spelled backwards. I talked my mother into rescuing a lab that was soon to go to the pound after the animal clinic I work for had already kept him for a month after he was abandoned. On Christmas day my mother had a diabetic episode and would have passed out had the dog not alerted me to go and check on her. I took her to the hospital and they kept her through the new year. I would have thought she was asleep when she could have died.

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Pat March 25 2014 at 5:49 PM

Spotted a fave T shirt recently:"Having a dog costs a lot. Not having a dog costs more!" Greyhounds are super easy keepers,too. Mine raced in Alabama.

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razataz13 March 25 2014 at 5:45 PM


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spirit33904 March 25 2014 at 5:44 PM

I really believe these are angels in fur. They also test us on how we treat them. So many are mistreated, abused and abandoned.

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bfox1129 March 25 2014 at 5:37 PM

Man's best friend............that about says it all.

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judghi March 25 2014 at 5:34 PM

What an awesome and smart baby!

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Stanley March 25 2014 at 5:24 PM

Good one Clobber!!

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mema91 March 25 2014 at 5:23 PM

Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for.

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ladylaw88 March 25 2014 at 5:14 PM

what a wonderful story! Nothing like a dog!!!!!

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