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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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11:16AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:26PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

this is awesome. i would love to be able to serve as a teacher or medical helper, but not everyone has the inherent skills. some things cannot be taught, this cat was a natural that was guided to the right family. absolutely awesome.

4:38AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

What a beautiful story - animals are such smart, intuitive creatures :) Thanks for sharing...

4:48AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Well done Pudding!!! You are an angel as is your new Mum!!! Hope you have a wonderful, long life together and I just love your gorgeous brown coat!!!

7:31AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thank you Ann, for Sharing this!

3:09AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

This very, exact in every detail story was published on one of my women's magazines. (Womans World a weekly publication with lousy recipes, but good health info).

Happy to see it again and happy Pudding found a good home at last.

2:35PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Thanks kitty kitty!

9:33AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

great story, thanks for sharing :D

2:08PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Jung was very lucky to have Pudding. It would be nice to think my 3 boys would do the same but I really don't think they would do anything, except maybe try to get me to pet them. Congrats to Pudding for his award!

5:36PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

I have never purchased a pet. The dogs that I have now were abandoned and I found them. I have four dogs, the last one I found in a shopping cart at Walmarts on Dec. 26. seven years ago. I figure he was someone's unwanted Christmas gift puppy. He's a beautiful little guy named "Ollie." And the cats that I have... found me. I've had falls during my life and the first to get to me were always my pets. When they shower you with kisses...you know you've done a good job in loving them.

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