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An Australian man almost died while on vacation in Bali, Indonesia, after slipping and falling down a staircase. In his panic, he grabbed for his dog, Papu.
A lost pooch, perhaps.
But Papu was just playing. And no, it wasn’t a tipsy canine…it was a lovable rescue dog whose owner, Adrian de Souza, considers him to be a saviour.
De Souza lost his balance and slipped from a staircase while walking his 5-year-old pup in Bali.
He spotted Papu on the stairs and tugged at the dog’s collar. And the dog wagged his tail, surprised.
What followed was a dash from the building towards the nearest hospital and a desperate attempt to revive de Souza, who had lost consciousness by the time he reached the main door.
The nurse at his hospital, was aware the accident could have been fatal, which is why she made a special effort to treat the fallen owner while keeping Papu out of sight.
The previous week, a roomter had made an emergency call to emergency services when Papu had tried to open the door of his bed with his nose but the door frame had stopped him in the end.
Working with the organization Caritas Wanda Foundation — which works on behalf of the poor — de Souza rushed to the hospital to have Papu examined.
He learned that Papu had just been named the luckiest pet in Bali. He was only allowed to leave the hospital with a yellow apron over its collar.
“We can’t be a dog-loving country unless we protect our dogs,” de Souza told CNN.
“He was really concerned. But then, he’s actually really good with people.”
De Souza was discharged after two weeks and nursed back to health by a medical team who treated him for a cracked tooth and other minor injuries.
He still hopes that Papu will be allowed to go on the same hike he takes his pup almost every day.
“The good thing is the dog was just following me,” he said. “Now we’ve got a relationship.
“We’re a team. We live for each other. You never think a dog will do that for you but he did.”