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Tatiana, a hearing-impaired service dog from K9 Compassion for Independence, is being honored for saving owner Cristina Saint-Blancard.
A Plantation dog is being recognized for saving her owner's life.
Paramedics credit Labrador Tatiana, a hearing-impaired service dog, with saving the life of owner Cristina Saint-Blancard.
“If it had not been for Tatiana, I would have not been here today talking to you,” Saint-Blancard told NBC 6.
Last year, Tatiana found her owner unconscious in bed after an asthma attack. Although the pooch was not trained for that type of situation, Tatiana found herself crossing the house to warn Saint-Blancard’s parents. They soon discovered their daughter's nearly lifeless body and called 911.
“For me, every day with Tatiana is a miracle,” her mother Teresa said.
Tatiana was recently acknowledged by the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award. The association recognizes the powerful relationship between dogs and people.
The pooch will be one of eight types of service dogs from around the country competing for Hero Dog of the Year. The winner receives $10,000 for a charity of choice, and Tatiana’s charity is Dogs for the Deaf.
“In our eyes, all of these dogs are heroes, and we are thrilled that we get to share our story, advocate for the dogs,” Saint-Blancard said.