A Montrose woman could've died this weekend after she suffered a medical condition and collapsed away from all other people, but instead, she says she owes her life to her four legged companion.
The woman was walking with her dog along a trail next to the Uncompahgre River. An otherwise peaceful walk turned frightening when she began having a seizure. Fortunately her dog knew what to do.
"Having him is a lifesaver" said Patty Jensen of Montrose.
Patty and her dog Tiger have been together for 11 years. She has a history of seizures, so when she got him as a puppy she raised and trained him to be her service dog. When they went out this weekend it seemed like a typical walk.
"Saturday is always the day that I give my dog a rest because he's my service dog. So I try to do something special with him just one on one" explained Patty.
They went down a path in her neighborhood that leads to the river when a seizure quickly set in. Before she became unconscious, she managed to dial 911.
"Speaking to the dispatcher, they were trying to locate where I was and I couldn't remember where I was, who I was or any of that" said Patty.
During the seizure, Tiger went to work doing exactly what he was trained to do.
"He will warn me and then when I’m having them, he'll normally lay over top of me and lick my face to bring me out of it" explained Patty.
First responders tracked the GPS on her phone and began following the footprints in the snow from Patty and her dog.
"When they did get somewhat close, he did run up to them and had them follow him back to where I was" explained Patty.
Tiger wasn't the only lifesaver that day. Patty says she wouldn't be alive without the help of police and rescue as well.
"I’d like to thank all the responders because without them I wouldn't be here. Especially Deputy Cox, the dispatcher at 911, and all of the paramedics."
Due to Patty's history of seizures, she says without the dog she wouldn't be able to go out at all and be confined to her home. She's thankful to Tiger for allowing her to live a more normal life.