WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) -- Jane Peace says she owes her life to her neighbor’s six-month-old German Shepherd puppy named Lady.
Peace, 74, has been recuperating for weeks in the hospital after falling on a patch of ice one cold morning last month at the Simmer Motel off of Highway 24 in Wamego where she lives. She was taking out the trash at her apartment, which is part of the motel, when she slipped.
"I was in the process of taking out my garbage and got about 25-30 feet from my front door and I slipped on a patch of ice and fell. I couldn’t even see it. When I came crashing down, I ended up getting several injuries and I couldn’t get up and in fact, I couldn’t really roll over or anything. It was only about 17 degrees outside. I knew that I was in trouble and that if I didn’t get some help right away, that my chances of being able to survive the elements were probably going to be pretty slim," Peace told WIBW.
Most of her neighbors had already left for the day to go to work so very few people were around to hear her cries for help.
"I have no idea how long I laid there. We’ve estimated since that I was there at least half an hour," Peace said.
Clear on the other side of the building, Lady’s owner, Bobby Marsh, brought her out for a walk. Marsh couldn’t see or hear Jane Peace but he sensed that something wasn’t right from the way his puppy was acting.
"She started yelping and pulling me. She wanted me to come over to the front of the building," he said.
Cheri Simmer, owner of the motel, added: "She wanted to know what was going on. She must have heard Jane. Nobody else did but she did. And finally Bobby went the way she wanted to go. She just about jerked his arm out of the socket going over to Jane and there was Jane lying on the ground and she was in a tremendous amount of pain. She’s just an exceptional little dog."
Lady refused to leave Jane’s side as her owner rushed to call for help. Her incessant barking drew attention from others who also rushed to Jane's aid.
"She saved my life. She really did. She came over and would kind of nudge me as if to say, ‘Are you alright? I’m here for you.’ I’m just so very lucky that she was there. She stayed right by my side until the ambulance came and took me away. She just kept marching around me like a guard on duty. She was going to be my guardian angel. She was going to be my protector. It definitely was a miracle that she came and found me," Peace said.
"She was a big help that day and I was proud of her. She’s a good girl," Lady's owner, Bobby Marsh, added.
"It’s absolutely amazing. Thank God it happened the way it did. If it weren’t for Lady, Jane would have been out there a lot longer. You hear about these stories all the time in the news and on TV and you never think it’s going to happen with someone you know and with a dog you know. It’s pretty special," Cheri Simmer told 13 News.
Jane Peace was released from the hospital in Manhattan last week after being treated for a broken hip, pneumonia, internal bleeding and injuries to her leg and wrist. Now that she's out of the hospital and back at home, Lady's owner and his fiance say their puppy seems to recognize Jane whenever she sees her and continues to be very protective of her.