Smells Like Teen Spirit

September 16 | 2 Comments

Chalk up another life saving act by a dog.

Emmett Hawley had just slipped into bed at about 11 p.m. when Sparkles, his 6-year-old schauzer-terrier mix, started barking furiously.

At first Hawley didn’t pay attention. But when he began to be nudged and scratched by Sparkles, Hawley knew something wasn’t right.

In my world, nudging and scratching just means I want a treat not that I want to save your life.

“I told her, `What’s wrong, girl? You sick?”’ the 84-year-old Augusta resident recalled. “I had no idea why she was acting that way. She’d never been like that before.”

So Hawley got out of bed, entered the living room and plopped down on the couch to see if Sparkles would calm down.

And that’s when he knew why she was acting so strange.

“I ain’t got as good a smeller as she does, but I did smell something funny,” Hawley said.

So he called Consumers Energy. When a worker arrived, he smelled it, too, went down to the basement and found a natural gas valve leaking.

“There’s something in their smellers that can smell things we can’t,” Hawley said of dogs. “If it wasn’t for (Sparkles), I might not have been here today.”

At 84, I’m thinking not only does Hawley not have as good a smeller as Sparkles, but he probably doesn’t have as good a bowel movement either.


2 Responses to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

  1. Carol Goering on November 11th, 2007 10:24 am

    Hawley needs a medal. What a wonderful dog, saving her life like that. Just goes to show you that we need dogs in our lives.

  2. Bo on November 11th, 2007 12:12 pm

    Just another example of an everyday hero dog.  Let's face it, life without a dog is like sausage sandwich without the peppers and the onions.  Sure you'll get through it, but it just wouldn't be as good.


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