Formerly Abused Dog Helps Save Little Girl’s Life

A small dog who survived life with an abusive owner is now being hailed a hero. The dog, named Peanut (formerly Petunia) arrived at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba, Michigan, last April – her body told a sad tale of painful abuse.

According to the shelter, when Peanut was first taken in, it was discovered that she had a “belly full of carpet,” in addition to broken legs and broken ribs. Fortunately, Peanut recovered from her multitude of injuries and she was given a second chance for a good life when she was adopted by a wonderful family.

On Monday, the shelter staff shared a letter which was received from Peanut’s new family – a letter which not only commended the rescued dog for being a wonderful addition to the family but also highlighted her a recent act of heroism which likely saved a child’s life. The letter begins:

Dear Shelter,
I must share a heartfelt story about how wonderful our little Peanut has been! She has truly been a blessing to our family and we love having her around. As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves. However, I think she still has some “sixth sense” about her past life that she has carried with her.

Peanut’s family described how the little dog insisted on going outside last Friday:

Today, Peanut was responsible for saving the life of a 3 year old little girl. About 11 a.m. this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why. He let her outside where she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed.

Fortunately, the woman’s husband took notice of Peanut’s urgent need to get outside and what he found was shocking…a three-year-old little girl, shivering in the cold, was curled up in a ball. The child was scooped up, wrapped in a sweatshirt and brought in from the cold – a call was made to 9-1-1 and by the time the authorities and an ambulance could arrive, the girl said just one thing, “Doggie.”

Peanut’s family expressed gratitude for their dog’s life-saving intuition:

Thanks to Peanut, a little girls life was saved today. She has been such a blessing to us, and now to others. Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is. She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive. Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well.

According to UpNorthLive, the child was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. The authorities eventually located her parents and discovered “unsafe and unsanitary” conditions at the home. Child Protective Services was contacted and the little girl, as well as another child, were removed from the house.

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(Photo via Delta Animal Shelter)


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.