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Dog Saves Owner’s Life On Long Island

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Linda Rubino and April (via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Linda Rubino and April (via Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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ROCKY POINT, NY (CBSNewYork) - A German Shepard is being called a hero on Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

April, the 9-year-old rarely leaves owner Linda Rubino’s side.

Last month, Linda, who is 49, had a stroke and it was an hour before her husband got home to their Rocky Point home and called 911.

But during that hour, April kept licking Linda’s mouth, making sure she did not choke on her own saliva.

“When the fluid blocks your nose, then that would be a problem. So, she cleared that up for me,” Linda told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall on Thursday.

Since the incident, Linda’s husband Anthony told Hall that April has been overly protective of Linda, hardly letting anyone near her.

Anthony said he wants to make people aware of the signs of a stroke. Linda had eye trouble and mini strokes in December.

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