Pit bull saves 4-year-old Minneapolis boy [PHOTO]

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Christi Smith believes her son Peyton owes his life to TaterTot (right).
-- Update at bottom --

A pit bull rescued from the Minneapolis animal shelter just hours before he was scheduled to be put down may have saved the life of a four-year-old boy.

SEE ALSO: Minneapolis may allow residents to adopt stray pit bulls

According to a Fox 9 report, last week, 10-month-old TaterTot woke up his new owner, Christi Smith. The dog, who had only been living in the household for a few days, "kept on whining and barking and running" in the middle of the night, Smith said.

The dog's unusual behavior prompted Smith to get up and check on her son, Peyton. The boy was barely breathing and was rushed to the emergency room, where it was discovered his blood sugar was dangerously low.

A veterinarian told Fox TaterTot may have been smelling ketones produced by Peyton's body as the boy struggled to stay alive.

Smith said she's convinced Peyton is alive today thanks to the dog.

"I could have been one of those moms sitting there telling people how I lost my son," she told Fox.

She also said her original plan was just to keep TaterTot temporarily, until a permanent home could be found for him. But that's obviously changed in light of last week's events.

Christi, if you reconsider, my contact information is below.

:::: UPDATE ::::

As commenter angelaboone points out below, TaterTot has a Facebook page:

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Check out all the adorableness here.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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22 comments
BRuTaLBRuNeTTe55110
BRuTaLBRuNeTTe55110

Nice to hear a positive story regarding pit bulls. Gorgeous dog and so glad your little man is ok.

NewsDog
NewsDog

They have been training various breeds as service animals for just this purpose for a few years now.  My cat must pick up on something because she has woke me up a few times and I realized my blood sugar was getting very low.        

Aaron Kim
Aaron Kim

John S. Willett Cassidy Callies

Terrie Costello- Coats
Terrie Costello- Coats

THANK YOU City Pages Minneapolis for running this story! Pitties are amazing dogs!

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Shortly thereafter chews another boy's face off.

angelaboone
angelaboone

Find Tatortot on Facebook!  www.facebook.com/tatortotthepitbull

Heather Fraley
Heather Fraley

CP, you are awesome to let people know how a PITBULL saved a boy's life. And way to go MAC for allowing it to be possible! :)))

James612
James612

Go TaterTot. Finally some publicity that shows the true nature of one of America's greatest dog breeds.

balance55113
balance55113

Pit bulls are great dogs! Treat them well and they will return the favor!

Ickabel
Ickabel

...and I can't get renters insurance because I own a part-pit dog....sad. 

joplin002
joplin002

@Kelly McNutt  incredibly ignorant statement. Im sure you are a gem of a person

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You're a fucking moron

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

@Kelly McNutt CONGRATULATIONS on being the first person to post a negative, disgusting comment on a heart-warming story!

angelaboone
angelaboone

@Ickabel you are looking in the wrong places.  Please contact Beth Delaforest... she knows just who to hook you up with.

kel0
kel0

@Drewey I can see now why you've earned the label 'top commenter'.

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