Dog rescues toddler from Cass County pool

Patricia Drauch was doing yard work Sunday and went to the garage to get some tools. Her son Stanley had been following her around for most of the day, but instead of going to the garage he went toward the pool and fell in.

The family's black lab, Bear, then went into the water and stood underneath Stanley so he couldn't go under. When Drauch saw Stanley in the pool she instantly jumped in and pulled him to safety.

"His eyes were rolled back, his lips were purple, no response from him. I got him out, tried to remember CPR with an infant and couldn't remember so I just rolled him to his side," said Drauch. "If it wasn't for Bear, I don't think Stanley would have made it."

Drauch then tried calling 911, but couldn't get a signal so she drove to the fire department three miles away. During the drive she managed to get a signal and was met at the fire station by rescue workers. As she pulled up, Stanley began to regain consciousness.

"The lady got him, he was starting to squirm. The lady took him from my arms and he started screaming so I felt relieved that he was responding," said Drauch.

Stanley was taken to a nearby hospital where he was evaluated and released. The family credits Bear for ensuring Stanley survived.

"He's always been watching over the kids he's always watched them, but it's never been a situation like this where he's had to be there to save them. He always stays with them," said Drauch. "It don't surprise me that he went in to help his babies out. I think if it came down to it he'd do it again."

Stanley was taken for a follow-up doctor's visit Monday and given a clean bill of health.

The pool was under construction when the incident occurred and was only about half full. Drauch said they planned to build a fence Monday night.

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