ZEBULON — Animals take on several different roles in our lives. One local woman's dog took on the role of hero, only months after knowing her.
Zeus, an Old English Mastiff, was an abuse case, dumped at a New York shelter. Nell Wright got him through a Virginia rescue group two years ago.
"About halfway through the ride, he got up. He came and laid down next to me and put his head on my leg," she says. "That's when I figured everything was going to work out all right."
One night while she was sleeping, Wright, a diabetic, had an insulin reaction and started shaking and sweating.
"Normally, he's very obedient, but he ignored me this time. He just kept barking, and then he'd nudge me," she says.
Wright finally realized what was going on and reached for the gumdrops next to her bed. When she started eating them, Zeus went back to sleep.
"I didn't really make the connection at the time, but when I woke up the next morning and realized what he'd done, it just blew my mind," Wright says. "I think by the time someone found me, gotten into the house and got to me, it would have been too late."
Wright says she feels safer with Zeus around. She says she was just expecting a companion, not a life saver. She also says Zeus awoke her from another insulin reaction a couple of months ago. Wright's story was featured on the TV show, "Animal Miracles."