This story appeared today in our local paper Kitchener Ontario....
Kitchener man paid just $50 for his pet bulldog
a few months ago, but Faith proved priceless
By Cherri Greeno, Record staff
WATERLOO—Lyall Pyke has a lot of
faith in Faith.
And why shouldn't he? After all, the
two-year-old American bulldog saved his
I feel she was made to come to me, to
save my life," said Pyke, a 55-year-old
The dog's life saving actions took
place on the night of Aug. 19.
Pyke was watching America's Got
Talent on television and started feeling
overly tired. He crawled into bed around
10:30 p.m. and placed his CPAP mask over
his mouth. Pyke suffers from sleep apnea
and the mask helps him breath properly
at night. He fell into a deep sleep.
As he slept, Pyke began suffering a
minor heart attack. He didn't know what
was going on, but Faith did.
"She ripped my mask off and chewed
it and pushed me off the bed," Pyke said.
He woke up as he hit the floor and
realized his heart was racing and that he
was having trouble breathing.
At the hospital, doctors told him he
had suffered a minor heart attack. They
also told him that if he hadn't woken up,
he could have died, he says.
"I can't really believe it," Pyke said. "I
don't know how she did it. She must have
smelled something or sensed something."
Dr. Mark Benaroia, one of Pyke's
doctors, said Faith is the reason Pyke is
alive to tell his story. "If something didn't
wake him up, he wouldn't have made it."
Pyke, who says he's been diagnosed
with congestive heart failure and diabetes,
got Faith just three months ago after
replying to an online add. The dog was
free but because Pyke doesn't drive, he
had to pay $50 to have her delivered from
"This is what I got for $50," he said.
Here is the article with a cute picture http://news.therecord.com/article/603868