A big Labrador retriever dog named Thorr ran up to the nurse’s station in Sitka Community Hospital and nudged the nurse, Ryan Huddlestun, twice.
The dog’s owner, Eric Lamont Skousen, has down the hall in his hospital room having a seizure. The nudges were a signal to the nurse that Eric needed help.
Ryan, a senior ward clerk at the hospital, said she’d never seen anything quite like that.
“The dog ran up, nudged me twice, made sure I acknowledged he was there, and took off back toward the room,” Ryan said.
The thing is, this dog has not been trained to work in a hospital environment. Yet, at least three times, he ran to the nurses to get help when the seizures came. It just goes to show how deep the bond is between Eric and his dog.
Eric was born with cerebral palsy. His dog is trained to help him get around and live a normal life. Eric has to really work hard to use his left arm, and he can’t move his foot from the knee down.
Thorr, named after the Viking god in honor of Eric’s Danish heritage – but with an extra R – is 3-1/2 years old and nearly 100 pounds. Eric is 240 pounds and 6 foot 3 inches tall. The dog helps him with balance and mobility.
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