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Devoted dog seeks out help for elderly guardian who fell on ice

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A brisk walk in Weymouth, Mass., nearly turned deadly for an elderly man who was walking his dog, reported Saturday's CBS Boston.

Maggie, a boxer, had accompanied her 70-year-old guardian, Tom Beradinelli, on Thursday when the peaceful walk took a dangerous turn.

Beradinelli slipped on a patch of ice, and passed out after striking his head on the frozen ground.

Beradinelli's loyal companion did not wait for her injured guardian to rouse on his own...instead, the eight-year-old dog ran to a nearby house where she began to jump at the door.

Maggie's efforts caught the attention of the dogs inside, as well as their astute guardian, Joe Tanko.

Tanko recognized the desperate dog at his door and he was concerned that she was without the senior man who should have been holding her lead.

Tanko set out to find Maggie's guardian and eventually, the unconscious man was discovered in a snow bank.

Beradinelli was whisked away to an area hospital where doctors determined that he had suffered a serious brain bleed in the fall; his physicians stated that he would have died if not for Maggie's efforts to seek out help.

Bernadinelli's wife, Christine, told CBS Boston:

Your husband’s alive because the dog went to that door.

Bernadinelli had surgery and was moved to the ICU; doctors are hopeful that he will recover from his injury.

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