Dog saves Wisconsin family from carbon monoxide poisoning

Abby, a Border Collie Aussie, is the family pet of the Siekerts, in Hartland, Wisconsin.

On February 11, 2016, Abby proved to be much more than a family pet. Abby saved her human family’s lives.

That morning, Nicole Siekert and her 5-year-old twin daughters, Grace and Bella, woke up feeling under the weather. One of the girls even got sick. Nicole said, “We were all just kind of out of sorts when we woke up. We were all just kind of lagging.”

After breakfast, the twins felt well enough for school. But Nicole was still dizzy, she could hardly stand up. “It was just really starting to hit me where I just felt very flu-ish suddenly. I felt very dizzy, very light-headed.” So Nicole went back to bed. But her dog became “very clingy”. As Nicole described:

“I laid down and Abby jumped up on the bed and she would not leave me alone. She was all the way up by my head and my pillow, nudging my head and pawing at me. She tried to lift up my head with her nose.

Abby’s persistence got Nicole out of bed. Thinking Abby had to go outside, Nicole went to let Abby out. But the dog didn’t stop at the front door, and led Nicole downstairs to a chirping carbon monoxide detector.

Nicole said, “It was like a flash. Everything just came together and it made sense.” The family had furnace troubles in the days before, but didn’t think much of it. It turns out an exhaust pipe to the home was blocked and carbon monoxide had been building up.

The Siekerts were treated and released from the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nicole can’t even think what could have happened if Abby wasn’t around: “I’m just filled with goosebumps. She’s amazing, she saved my life. She saved my family’s life. I think I would have just laid down and gone to sleep. She’s like an angel. She is our protector.”

Grace calls Abby “a super hero.” Her twin sister, Bella, said, “We love her a lot and she’s really amazing.”

We Energies electricity and gas company honored Abby with a special Heroism Award and treats from the Humane Society.

Sources: KMJ4; KHON2


15 responses to “Dog saves Wisconsin family from carbon monoxide poisoning

  1. My dog saved my life twice. Canines are sent from God.

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  2. My Dog saved my life twice also, 18yrs ago I was lost, no direction, just by merging lives with her, falling in love and becoming responsible for another living being, has kept my feet on the ground. She’s showed me the important things in life are absolutely free. Then, about 11 years ago, I was cutting firewood, to make it short, a tree fell and pinned my leg, it was the only time I ever called 911. I was in the middle of 63 acres, I couldn’t even give the 911 operator an address where I was located, just off a main trail, then a right, then a left on another trail. I heard the sirens, told my Dog to “go, go..go get them and tell them where daddy is”…22 Men and Women showed up in the middle of the woods with pry bars, one of the 1st responders said…”That’s a smart Dog, she showed us right where you were”. I love her, and I owe her everything, I can’t even imagine where I’d be without her in my life, that’s a whole different story though. I love that Dog.

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    • Dr. Eowyn, Thanks for Posting this, I needed it today.

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      • I, too, need reminders of spots of light shining amidst our human darkness — what St. Bonaventure once called “creatures without sin”. 😀

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        • Dr Eowyn . . . I agree whole heartedly with St. Bonaventure . . . truly the “creatures are without sin.” I have no doubt that a loving and mindful Heavenly Father provided them for us, because he knew we would need this kind of nurturing comfort they bring to our lives.

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    • Stovepipe . . . . God Bless you for sharing such a spiritually uplifting story with us. I will admit, I had tears flowing by the time I got to the end of the paragraph. What a special intervention, Heavenly inspired via your special girl.

      I have seen articles where they ask people, if you saw a stranger drowning, and you dog was also drowning–who would you choose to save? I realize that human’s are made in the image of God, but I think my heart would influence my head to save my pooch. I have had two dogs, one a Maltese, and one a black Poodle. Each of them so very different, yet precious to me. It’s odd that God made dog’s in so many variations, yet His children love all the various dog’s He created.

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      • Auntie Lulu, God didn’t make all the many varieties of dogs. Human breeders did that!

        Dog breeds are dogs that have relatively uniform physical characteristics developed under controlled conditions by humans, with breeding animals selected for phenotypic traits such as size, coat color, structure, and behavior.[1] The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes 337 pure dog breeds.

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        • You are correct Dr., also many man made breeds have retentive genes, etc. My dog is an Australian Cattle Dog, also known as a Blue Heeler and Queensland Heeler, there’s also Red Heelers. This Breed is compiled from 5 different breeds, a Chow, a Dalmatian, a Blue Tick Hound, a Dingo, and a Border Collie. They tried to create the perfect Herding Dog. I don’t agree with messing around with God’s Creatures, the outcome is most likely not good, my dog’s breed is known for being Deaf, and it’s actually from their Blue Merle coat, or fur, it’s just not natural in my book…of course I’m just a guy that lives in a Trailer!

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      • Thank you AuntieLulu, I’ve had that same exact conversation with friends, I’ve actually done my own little survey asking acquaintances that question a few years back. They say that the Christian thing to do would be to save the human above the dog, I’m torn on that one, I’ve tossed around the variables, if it was a stranger, relative, or a friend, each time I arrived at the same conclusion…my dog is the most important thing in my life. If it came down to that situation, as unChristianlike as it may be, I’m sorry, I would save my dog on impulse, she’s earned it by sticking with me through thick and thin, there’s no human on Earth that I care more about.

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  3. Great job Abby!

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  4. Good girl!! 🐶❤️

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  5. Great dog and I am grateful she was so insistent with her actions. I once had a border collie, utterly brilliant. She knew when I got my boots out, I was going to ride and she would beat me to my horse. She went everywhere with me,
    I love happy endings like this.

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  6. Danielle Marin

    what a wonderful story…i imagine i’m not the only one who has been feeling quite on edge the last 24 hours especially, as it seems things are coming at us at an unprecedented level…just finished reading dr. eowyn’s latest on 42 yr old broward deputy – well, latest for me, anyway, as that was first i’d heard of that & was caught off guard to hear that & very saddened as this man looked to be full of healthy life and from the sounds of it was a good man with faith & character, another senseless & tragic loss…glad i saved reading about abby the hero pup for last…it gave me a good, cleansing cry (what is it about animals that can do that to a person??) – cleansing & even a little joyful, because that’s all it took to restore a little bit of hope in me for this world.

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  7. Again Doc you put a smile on my face and hope in my heart a slender ray of sun light in a dark world. Thank You ☺

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