RECENTLY RESCUED PIT BULL RETURNS FAVOR BY SAVING LITTLE BOY’S LIFE

TIME FOR A HEART WARMING STORY

TATER TOT and KYLE

PEYTON AND HIS DOG TATER TOT

Pit bulls aren’t associated as nice, caring dogs. In fact, the opposite reputation is often attributed to them. But there are many reported cases of pit bulls saving lives.

In May of this year, a mother and child attacked by a man posing as a UPS man were saved by their pit bull. A woman answered her door while holding her infant when a man in a UPS uniform sprayed them with pepper spray. The family dog Louie immediately ran after the man when the woman shouted and chased him away from the house.

Another pit bull saved his owner’s life when her Long Island, New York home caught on fire. The owner was drying her hair when she suddenly heard her dog barking downstairs. She was able to escape out of the house before the whole first floor caught on fire.

And the story below of a pit bull just rescued from the pound is a very interesting one as he saved the life of his new owner’s 4 year old son. He certainly returned the favor of saving his life from the euthanasia crew at the dog pound!

Pit Bull - Tater Tot

TATER TOT

Newly rescued pit bull saves life of owner’s son

By Tracie SnowderOctober 11th, 2013 @ 9:03pm
Newly rescued pit bull saves life of owner’s son

MINNEAPOLIS — When pit bulls make the news, it’s usually because there’s been an attack. But this week, a pit bull is being heralded as a hero after the newly-rescued dog saved his owner’s 4-year-old son from a life-threatening situation.

TaterTot the pit bull was set to be euthanized by the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control because of lack of room in the shelter. Just hours before he was set to die, he was adopted by single mom Christi Smith, who originally planned on temporarily fostering the dog. But Smith says he immediately became part of the family.

Smith’s son, Peyton Anderson, was in bed when the 10-month-old pit bull started whining and barking in the middle of the night. TatorTot apparently sensed something was wrong with the boy. Smith quickly went to check on her son.

“He just seemed kind of weird,” Smith, speaking of Peyton, told KMSP-TV. “He wasn’t really coherent — deliriously tired.”

TatorTot had only been with the Smith family for a few days but he could already tell that something wasn’t quite right with Peyton. Smith says TatorTot started licking and jumping on Peyton but he wouldn’t wake up.

“He kept on whining and barking and running between the two of us,” Smith said. “I checked on (Peyton), and he was barely breathing.

My heart stopped, I completely panicked. Peyton’s breathing was shallow and there were long pauses between each breath.
–Christi Smith
Smith said she panicked when she saw Peyton struggling to breathe.

“My heart stopped,” Smith said. “Peyton’s breathing was shallow and there were long pauses between each breath.”

Smith rushed Peyton to the hospital where doctors quickly discovered the 4-year-old’s blood sugar levels were dangerously low.

“If his blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones,” said Isis Sanchez from Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic. “That may have been what the dog picked up on.”

According to the American Diabetes Association website, ketone is a “chemical produced when there is a shortage of insulin in the blood and the body breaks down body fat for energy.”

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TatorTot the pit bull
Credit: TatorTot the Amazing Pit Bull Facebook page
Sanchez told Fox 9 News that the dog’s sharp sense of smell probably alerted him that something was off in Peyton’s body.

“What, for us, is barely a whiff of something gives them a huge picture of what’s going on,” Sanchez said.

Doctors aren’t sure why Peyton’s blood sugar levels were so low since he tested negative for Type 1 Diabetes. Smith is just grateful she miraculously adopted the dog right before she needed him.

“I could have been one of those moms sitting there telling people how I lost my son,” Smith said.

She gives all the credit for saving her son’s life to TaterTot.

“I wouldn’t have known Peyton was in danger, had it not been for Tatortot,” Smith told Yahoo. “He absolutely saved my son’s life.”

Pit bulls aren’t associated as nice, caring dogs. In fact, the opposite reputation is often attributed to them. But there are many reported cases of pit bulls saving lives.

In May of this year, a mother and child attacked by a man posing as a UPS man were saved by their pit bull. A woman answered her door while holding her infant when a man in a UPS uniform sprayed them with pepper spray. The family dog Louie immediately ran after the man when the woman shouted and chased him away from the house.

Another pit bull saved his owner’s life when her Long Island, New York home caught on fire. The owner was drying her hair when she suddenly heard her dog barking downstairs. She was able to escape out of the house before the whole first floor caught on fire.

For more information on TatorTot the pit bull, you can visit his Facebook fan page.

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4/17/2000 – Ritalin May Have Led to Boy’s Death

Medical Examiner: Ritalin May Have Led to Boy’s Death
Monday, April 17, 2000

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PONTIAC, Mich. — A medical examiner says long-term use of
Ritalin, a drug used to treat hyperactive children, may have led to
a 14-year-old boy’s death.

Matthew Smith collapsed at his home on March 21 while playing
with a skateboard and was pronounced dead at a hospital a
short time later. Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa
Dragovic concluded that the boy died of a heart attack the likely
cause of which was 10 years of taking Ritalin for attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder.

“This was a gradual development,” Dragovic said Sunday in The
Oakland Press. “There were changes that occurred in the small
blood vessels that supply the heart muscle.

Smith’s family told Dragovic the teen-ager occasionally
complained of chest discomfort and racing heart, signs that
something was wrong, the medical examiner said. “This is not a
heart condition, which could have been diagnosed just like that,”
Dragovic said. “You just don’t see this in the younger population.”

But Dragovic’s naming of Ritalin as a suspect in the boy’s death
is being questioned by some experts who say the drug has been
shown to be extremely safe. Ritalin is a popular brand name for
the stimulant methylphenidate, believed to increase a child’s
alertness by stimulating the central nervous system.

Joseph Biederman, professor of psychology at Harvard
University and a longtime researcher of stimulants, said
Dragovic’s conclusion was unfounded.

“It is a free country and people can have whatever opinion they
want,” Biederman said. “But Ritalin has a long history of safety
unparalleled by any other drug.”

Cardiac side effects to Ritalin are rare and don’t include death,
said David Rosenberg, a child psychiatrist with Children’s
Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

“There have been reported increases in blood pressure and
pulse that aren’t clinically significant,” Rosenberg said. “But I
would want to avoid it in someone with an underlying heart
condition.”

Biederman, who also is chief of pediatric pharmacology at
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said it is not unusual
for people to take Ritalin their entire lives.

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