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Louie the hero dog

Louie the goldendoodle started barking incessantly, says Richard

Louie the goldendoodle started barking incessantly, says Richard Giannetta, who found the 75-pound dog standing on the bed barking at his wife. She was having a seizure. (April 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Janelle Giannetta's doctor credits Louie the goldendoodle with saving Giannetta and her premature baby.

Janelle Giannetta was rushed to the hospital and
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Janelle Giannetta was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with eclampsia, then delivered her daughter, Charlotte Marie, at 26 weeks. But her husband, Richard, says he only knew about her medical emergency after their dog Louie alerted him. (April 1, 2013)

Louie the goldendoodle started barking incessantly, says Richard
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Louie the goldendoodle started barking incessantly, says Richard Giannetta, who found the 75-pound dog standing on the bed barking at his wife. She was having a seizure. (April 2, 2013)

Richard Giannetta says he called 911 only after
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Richard Giannetta says he called 911 only after his dog Louie alerted him to his wife's seizure. Richard says he had a hard time getting the protective goldendoodle away from his wife. (April 2, 2013)

Richard and Janelle Giannetta praised the emergency medical
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Richard and Janelle Giannetta praised the emergency medical technicians and the hospital for saving their premature daughter. But Dr. Peter Hong, chief of NUMC's high risk pregnancy service, says "the dog is the real hero." (April 2, 2013)

Janelle and Richard Giannetta's baby Charlotte Marie is
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Janelle and Richard Giannetta's baby Charlotte Marie is in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she is expected to be until around July -- her due date. (April 1, 2013)

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