BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. - One family said a pit bull they had fostered for less than a week came to the rescue of their 4-year-old son and saved him from a life-threatening health scare.
Christi Smith, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., said things seemed normal when she put her son, Peyton Anderson, to bed Oct. 2.
Smith said when Peyton woke up hours later to get a glass of water, TaterTot, the 10-month-old pit bull began acting weird.
"TaterTot was whining and barking," Smith, 28, told Goodmorningamerica.com. "I didn't think anything of it and just tried to get everyone to go back to bed."
Later that same night, Smith woke up again when TaterTot was running between Smith and Peyton’s bedrooms and barking.
"I got up and went to check on my son and TaterTot was on the bed, trying to shake his bed, wake him up and lick his face," Smith said. "At that point my son was barely breathing."
Smith took Peyton to the emergency room and he was diagnosed with low blood sugar.
Although doctors say Peyton is not diabetic, they aren’t sure what caused his blood sugar to drop so low. Doctors told Smith that the dog likely detected Peyton’s ketones, a sign the body is burning fat for energy instead of using glucose, ABC News reported.
"A lot of people are saying it could be because he was producing ketones and that TaterTot picked up on it and that's why he started acting funny," Smith said. "He could sense something was wrong."
Smith had initially agreed only to foster TaterTot after he spent more than a month in and out of foster homes. Now, TaterTot is a permanent member of their family.
"Pit bulls just have a bad reputation, but they're actually great family dogs. They're really friendly,” Smith said. "TaterTot and Peyton pretty much have been inseparable since the day that we got him."