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.

Comments (6)
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  2. rabble rouser says says:

    I love dogs…………………

  3. Jimsy says:

    Good Job April!!!

  4. Chris says:

    I own the dog’s sister! I hope she saves my life one day!


  5. kris says:

    Your advertising content takes longer to load than your stories. You have a link at the bottom of the article (Signs of stroke) that links to another article (charlie daniels) that then has a “more info on strokes” link that is broken (page not found). Webmaster = FAIL!!!

    Fix it, I’m going to get my news from other sites!

  6. susan says:

    wonderful story..i have heard similar ones about our “furry friends”..they now train assist dogs for seizures, and other things besides seeing eye..i worked at an airport and saw a severely burned child with an assist dog who actually pulled the childs wheelchair..remember the story of the iraq war veteran whose dog would not leave his side and was even beside his casket at his funeral? people do not realize why these animals are called “mans best friend”!!

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