Clover, the family dog, sprung into action to save their daughter after she suffered a seizure while out for a walk.
The Moore family had a sudden medical emergency when daughter Haley Moore was walking Clover, a one-and-a-half year old Maremma mix through their Ottawa neighbourhood.
“All I remember is waking up in the ambulance and being really confused; just like what is going on,” Moore told CTV News.
What happened was all caught on security camera by one of the Moore’s neighbours who captured footage of Haley collapsing on the sidewalk after suffering a seizure.
Clover stayed and kept checking on Haley, as the footage shows. Then watched as a car passed by Moore.
When another car was coming by, Clover freed herself from Haley’s grasp and blocked the truck’s path, forcing the driver to stop.
“It was really impressive, the dog actually blocked my way. She kind of backed into the road to block my truck,” said the driver, Dryden Oatway.
The 21-year-old quickly got out of his truck to help Moore; watched by Clover the whole time.
“The whole time she was backing down the street she had eyes on Hailey; didn’t look away from her. She kept her distance from me but made sure her owner was okay and that was amazing,” Oatway added.
Oatway tried to get help from a nearby neighbour before returning to tend to Moore. Eventually Clover caught the attention of a second neighbour who stopped to help.
“Immediately I just stopped and I jumped out of the Jeep and I asked Dryden if everything was okay and he was like, “I don’t know, she fell,”” Danielle Pilon said.
It was only after Pilon arrived that Clover went to get more help.
“You could tell she didn’t want to leave her even when we were with her but I think it just came to her that she was like ‘I need to go home to let them know she needs help,'” Pilon said.
Haley’s father Randall Moore said he learned that his daughter was being looked after when a neighbour rushed over.
“I got a knock on the door from the neighbours, they were frantic and our dog Clover was barking like crazy,” Randall Moore, Haley’s father recalled.
By the time Clover and her family returned to the scene, Haley was in an ambulance being treated by paramedics.
“To see my daughter, face full of mud, and she was incoherent, wasn’t sure where she was, it was just terrifying, it really was,” Moore said.
Thankfully, Haley was okay.
The family isn’t sure what caused the sudden seizure, but Haley says she’s comforted by the fact that she’ll have her dog there to protect her.
“If this ends up happening again, I feel 10 times safer and I know she will be there for me,” Haley smiled.
“You know how good animals are and she’s a really amazing dog and I love her to death,” she added.
For her part, Clover has received a hero’s thanks from her family.
“[My wife] Diane comes home with a couple of big steaks and I thought ‘Wow, this is great, I’m getting a big steak’ and she said, ‘No, it’s for Clover for doing such a great job,'” Randall Moore said.