Shelter Cat Saves Owner, Wins Top Prize
From shelter cat to lifesaver to award winner, Pudding has come a long way. This beautiful green-eyed cat makes you want to run right out and adopt a shelter cat.
Pudding’s saga began when his family turned him over to a humane society shelter because of allergies. His next owner became ill and had to return him to the shelter. Then it was a case of serendipity. When Amy Jung and her son, Ethan, volunteered to help at the shelter one day, it was “love at first sight.” Pudding had a new home.
Pudding took to his new family immediately, curling up with Jung in bed for the evening. A few hours later, Jung, who has diabetes, began having a seizure. Pudding then jumped on her chest and started nipping at her nose. Now fully awake, Jung was paralyzed and unable to save herself. She did manage to say her son’s name once. That’s when the shelter cat became a rescue cat.
“When Pudding jumped off of my chest and ran out of the room I instantly felt a sense of panic thinking that my life depended on this animal and without him I would die,” said Jung in a press release. “After minutes of feeling alarmed and helpless, the next noise I heard was the sound of my son’s feet hitting the floor and I immediately felt a wave of relief and realized that this cat had just saved my life.”
Ethan, stirred awake by Pudding, phoned his father, who talked him through the steps of giving his mother an injection.
The following day, Jung called the shelter to find out if Pudding had any training as a service animal. He did not. Jung took care of that and now Pudding is a registered service animal. Trained to detect a drop in blood sugar levels, Pudding sounds a vocal warning when Jung’s blood sugar levels drop just two points below normal. Never far from Jung’s side, he even goes to work with her.
“To this day, Pudding isn’t aware of how his actions so greatly impacted my life and family. How do you show enough gratitude to an animal you owe your life to?” said Jung. “I am hopeful that Pudding’s story makes people realize that shelters hold amazing beings and there is always an option to expand your family and heart by adopting.”
Pudding has been named the grand prize winner in the PurinaŽ Pro PlanŽ Rally to RescueŽ “Tales of Greatness” Story Contest, the first time in its six-year history that a cat has won.
Photo caption: Pudding, who rescued his owner from a diabetic seizure has been named the grand-prize winner in the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue “Tales of Greatness” Story Contest. (PRNewsFoto/Nestle Purina PetCare Company)
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