Rudy Armstrong, an 86-year-old veteran, called on his chihuahua Boo-Boo for help when he found himself in an emergency situation. 

A chihuahua in North Carolina became an unlikely hero earlier this month when she saved her owner’s life. This all happened while he was having a stroke.

Rudy Armstrong had begun his day as usual on his houseboat in Oriental. But, the 86-year-old Navy veteran later realized something was wrong.

“I sat down in my chair, drank my coffee, and the next thing I know it was after lunch,” he told WCTI. “And I couldn’t even get my hand to move and my foot wouldn’t move.”

Realizing he was having a stroke and not being able to reach his phone to call for help, Armstrong turned to his pet chihuahua, Boo-Boo.

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Rudy Armstrong and his chihuahua Boo-Boo | CREDIT: CAROLINA EAST HEALTH SYSTEM

“I didn’t want to be there for a couple of days before somebody would come by,” he shared, “So I said, ‘Ok Boo-Boo, go get me some help.'”

Boo-Boo did just that, leading the Dockmaster to Armstrong. The Dockmaster called the paramedics and Armstrong was taken to the CarolinaEast Medical Center.

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“We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Boo-Boo, the miracle pup,” the hospital wrote in a Facebook post.

Five days after Boo-Boo saved Armstrong’s life, the pair were finally reunited.

“I’ve got tears running out of my eyes,” Armstrong said of the reunion. “Missed her so much, man.”

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