Beagle to Be Awarded for Saving Owner


(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Julie Fletcher) :: Kevin Weaver, 34, and his beagle Belle are shown Thursday, June 15, 2006, in Ocoee, Fla. Belle was in Washington on Monday to receive an award for biting onto owner's cell phone to call 911.


Updated: 6/19/2006

ORLANDO, Fla.

A 17-pound beagle named Belle is more than man's best friend. She's a lifesaver. Belle was in Washington, D.C., on Monday to receive an award for biting onto owner Kevin Weaver's cell phone to call 911 after the diabetic Ocoee man had a seizure and collapsed.

''There is no doubt in my mind that I'd be dead if I didn't have Belle,'' said Weaver, 34, whose blood sugar had dropped dangerously low. Belle had been trained to summon help in just those circumstances.

She was the first canine recipient to win the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.

Weaver first heard about service dogs while he was working as a flight attendant after befriending a frequent passenger who taught dogs to help diabetic patients. Using their keen sense of smell, the animals can detect abnormalities in a person's blood-sugar levels.

The dog periodically licks Weaver's nose to take her own reading of his blood-sugar level. If something seems off to her, she will paw and whine at him.

''Every time she paws at me like that I grab my meter and test myself,'' Weaver said. ''She's never been wrong.''


Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print This Article | E-Mail This Article | Mark This Article UNhappy

Home InternationalNationalHeroesHealthOpinion & EditorialsScience & TechnologyEnvironmentArts & EntertainmentSportsBusiness/Money$1000 Are You Optimistic About the Future Contest Essays HappyLiving
Columns Craig HarrisSilent KimblyLife Coach Susan SchollDavid J. PollayWonderQuest
Contact Us About Us Report Happy News
Happy Newsletter
Sign up to get our top happy headlines e-mailed to you daily by entering your e-mail address below:


"The Happynews glass is always at least half-full, and sometimes it bubbles right over."
"Happynews.com forsakes war and famine, terror and man's inhumanity to man 24/7."
"As far as anyone can tell, it's the first international and national daily news organization dedicated exclusively to upbeat stories."

Unhappy News
MSNBC CNN ABCNews FOX News BBC News
Terms of Use & Disclaimer | Contact Us | © 2008 HappyNews.com