CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Chuck Weintraub has dedicated his life to saving dogs and has fostered over a dozen over the last few years.
But, he never thought one would save his life.
July 3 was a day that changed Weintraub’s life.
“I mowed the grass halfway and woke up three days later,” Weintraub said.
Weintraub collapsed after suffering a heart attack. As he lay unconscious in the backyard, Cloe, a foster dog he took in about a month ago, came to his rescue.
“That dog came down here, so afraid to leave his side had the courage to come to us and take action. It was amazing,” Michelle Brock said.
Michael and Michelle Brock and their two daughters were first alerted to Cloe’s barking. As Michael tried to leash her, she backed up and led the way to Weintraub.
“She reared away from me and went probably 15 feet,” Michael Brock said. “I actually advanced towards her and she ran across the road and sat down again. And she actually did that three or four times until she actually brought me up to this spot.”
In another stroke of luck, neighbor Charleen Deneen, a registered nurse, was home and rushed over when she heard the commotion. Deneen then performed CPR.
“You see that in ‘Lassie’ movies, but that’s the first time in real life I’ve experienced something like that. And I think she’s just a gem,” Deneen said.
Cloe came to the Weintraubs in May. The pit bull mix was a forced surrender to the Western Pa. Humane Society. She was not socialized and had sores on her body. In her time with Weintraub, she had rarely left his side until that fateful day.
“She was traumatized when they gave her to me. For her to leave the yard, to go to my neighbor’s house, to bring them back to me is stunning,” Weintraub said.
Armed with a pacemaker now, Weintraub is thankful for the karma that came into his life.
“Had they not found me, I would have died. And Cloe and my neighbors made sure that didn’t happen,” Weintraub said.
Weintraub and his wife will continue to foster Cloe, promising to give her up only to the right family.