Adopted dog saves Warwick woman - Twice!
Warwick woman Suzie Heise saved two lives when she adopted Harley the Bull Arab X from Southern Downs Ark - Both Harley's and her own.
Mrs Heise was only looking for a furry companion but soon realised there was something very special about her sweet, gentle giant.
"My husband and I went down to the park to meet him and as soon as I saw him I said to my husband, 'I know that's him! He's the one for me.'”
"He reminded me of a dog I had when I was only 16 years old.”
It was a tumultuous couple of weeks after Harley was first adopted, as the puppy needed to be carried around and howled in protest when left alone.
But Mrs Heise decided to stay by Harley's side and that choice created a deep bond between the two.
"We became really attached to each other,” she said.
The "sooky” boy first earned his keep three months in, when the two were walking near Coombes Bridge at Queens Park.
"He kept pushing me and I couldn't understand why,” Mrs Heise said.
"Then the next thing I knew, he had shoved me to the ground and I fell on my knee which was quite a problem because I have something similar to rheumatoid arthritis.
"But as I was getting up I saw a brown snake slither out in front of me and I realised that he'd purposely pushed me out of the way.”
It wouldn't be the first time Harley saved his owner from danger.
A couple of weeks ago, as the two went on their regular walk around the neighbourhood, Mrs Heise noticed another dog stalking them.
"It was a really big dog, much bigger than Harley, and it followed us for seven houses, just not letting up.
"The neighbours sung out to watch the dog and said it was vicious.”
The day before, the same dog had attacked her neighbours pup, requiring a vet visit.
"The dog started lunging at my back and my legs and at Harley and I think he was trying to pick a fight,” she said.
"It was scary at the time and I ended up shaking and in tears.”
But Harley, placid as ever, simply positioned himself as a barrier between his owner and the strange dog.
"He didn't utter a sound, he just kept pushing the other dog away,” she said.
"Without him I have no doubt we would have been attacked.”
Harley's calm actions diffused the situation long enough for passers-by to come and help, restraining the stray dog and calling council.
Mrs Heise said she couldn't be more grateful to her furry friend for looking out for her.
"I think he's a bit special,” Mrs Heise said.
"Bloody oath he got a juicy bone when we got home.”