Of course Lonnie and Susan Chester already thought that there was something special about their two dogs, Adam and Eva, but after their rescue of woman in her 80’s who fell down outside in sub-freezing temperatures, there should be no doubt.
It was around 4:30 on the morning of January 13th when the two Labradoodles started acting strangely. Even though it was incredibly early and the weather outside was below the teens, both dogs pushed and pleaded with the Chesters to let them out.
“[Adam] never tugged on my clothes before, so I was cautious about letting them out because I didn’t know if there was anything out there,” Lonnie Chester recalled.
But the black Labradoodle was not set on chasing some unknown creature through the thick, powdery Michigan snow that morning. No, it would seem that both he and his snow-colored sister were both intent finding something out there instead.
After considering the possible reasons for the dogs’ abnormal behavior, Lonnie Chester ultimately decided to let them outside. However, as soon as he began to open the door just a crack, the dogs took matters into their own hands and nudged their way through.
Adam and Eva ran out onto the Chesters’ driveway and stopped near Lonnie’s truck. And there, on the Chesters’ driveway, was an elderly woman who had slipped and fallen in nothing more than a nightgown, unable to get herself up and out of the harsh elements.
When Lonnie went outside after the dogs, he saw the woman there. Thankfully, she was still alive, but the first thing she said was (understandably), “I’m so cold.” Lonnie didn’t know how long she had been out there, and her family didn’t know where she was. Mr. Chester carried her inside to warm up with some blankets and called 911.
Thankfully, paramedics were quickly on the scene. Her family, who had been out searching but were unable to find her in the early morning darkness, showed up not long after emergency services had arrived. She was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
“It could have been a tragic outcome had Adam and Eva not woken us,” Susan Chester said. “I don’t know how they knew she was out there.” The National Weather Service noted a temperature of nine degrees around the time the dogs found the woman, so it’s even more of a miracle that the woman survived long enough for the dogs to bring her the help that she needed.
It is indeed a strange thing that both Adam and Eva somehow knew there was someone out in the bitter cold that morning, but their story of heroism isn't the first of its kind, and it certainly won't be the last. This is just one more example of the strong, divine bond that dogs share with humans, and it is one more reason why they will always be considered man’s best friend.