Pet roused diabetic from deep sleep

ATTLEBORO – Pets notoriously have a sixth sense and have come to the aid of their owners countless times, and 74-year-old Patricia Abreu says her bichon frise saved her life early Saturday morning.

Abreu, a diabetic who lives at Hope Gardens retirement housing off Park Street, said her 6-year-old dog Samantha woke her up in the middle of the night while she was in a deep sleep, suffering from low blood sugar.

Abreu said she believes she was on the verge of going into a diabetic coma.

“The dog usually sleeps the whole night through. She never gets up at night.” Abreu said. “My bichon, who I adore, was at my side barking, jumping on my bed, touching me with her paws” trying to wake her.

“If it hadn’t been for her, I would be dead this morning,” Abreu said. “I woke and was very disoriented, very weak, and knew I had to do something to get my sugar up,” she said.

Abreu, who has lived at Hope Gardens for eight years where she lives alone, had cookies and orange juice, which she said raised her sugar level. “I barely made it,” Abreu said. “I couldn’t breathe. My heart was beating so fast I was shaking.”

Before going to bed, the city resident said her sugar level was high and she took some insulin. “I guess I took a little too much. I should have eaten something. I was so tired I went to bed and was knocked out. I never would have woken up.”

Bichon frise are a variety of toy spaniels with curly white hair and resemble Maltese.

“I don’t know how she knew and alerted me. It is unreal,” Abreu said. “I am just so happy to be alive this morning. It is fantastic. I would be in a coma right now. I owe my life to this little bichon.”

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