Adopted Dog Alerts Police Officer & Saves Owner’s Life

“He stood there and barked, and I called to him. Then he wagged his tail and got more friendly until I got out of my car. And then he ran a little bit,” Gonzalez said.



This story is an old one – sometimes it takes a while for small-town news to reach us!  Back in February, a woman nearly froze to death outside of her Germantown, Wisconsin home.  But her black Lab, John Boy, frantically paced the neighborhood until he found just the right person – a police officer who got the woman back inside.

February 13th could have been a deadly day for Krystal, but it became a rather lucky Friday the 13th because of her heroic dog.  For reasons unknown, she passed out in a chair just outside her front door.  It was zero degrees, and she was only wearing pajamas and a robe.

Understanding that something was wrong, John Boy did what he could to help.  He took off and scoured the street for anyone to come help.  Officer Jeff Gonzalez was on patrol when he saw the collared dog running loose.

“He stood there and barked a little bit, then I rolled down my window and called to him. Then he wagged his tail and got more friendly until I got out of my car. And then he ran a little bit,” Gonzalez said.


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The officer followed – it seemed that the dog had a plan.

“In a roundabout way, yeah, he sure did. He pointed me in the right direction,” he said.

John Boy led Gonzalez right back to his home.  When the officer got out of his vehicle, he was shocked to see a woman slumped over in a chair.

“To be honest with you, I thought she was dead. And when I went up, she was very cold to the touch; her lips were blue,” he explained.  “But I was able to determine she was breathing and had a pulse. I called for assistance and my partner was close. So together we got her in the house.”


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Krystal was rushed to a hospital, and her family members were called with the news.

“Basically what he told me was, he said that they thought that she was dead. So it’s hard,” said Tianne Wendt, Krystal’s daughter.

The woman does have a heart condition, which may have led to her falling unconscious after going outside to let her dog take care of his business.  Thankfully for John Boy, she survived after being out in the perilous cold for nearly two hours.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that John Boy had been adopted and returned to a shelter three times before he was adopted by his forever family.  Tianne says it was meant to be.


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34 thoughts on “Adopted Dog Alerts Police Officer & Saves Owner’s Life

  1. Dogs are the best friends
    They r far better than human
    I love my puppy the most
    I dont need anyone else if she is there for me always

  2. The film “Dogs of War: The Fight Back Home” takes you on the same journey as a military working dog (MWD)—from the puppy program at Lackland Air Force Base and training in the Arizona desert, to war and then back home again. The film specifically follows the story of retired Navy MWD Brix D141, who after a deployment to Iraq and ten years of military service, was diagnosed with canine PTSD. Now 13 years old, Brix is terrified of loud noises and being left alone. But with no cure for PTSD, Brix relies on some unconventional methods to just get through the day, every day.
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    1. Officers job is suppose to save lives whether human or animal. It’s not destroying lives with the senseless use of a gun. This story is a perfect example for officers to use their power for good cause.

      1. Sad thing is, Anon, all too often some cops out here do shoot first and ask questions later. They’ve killed cats, kittens, dogs, and of course, unarmed humans. With everything that’s happened in the news, you can’t deny that. That woman and her dog are extremely lucky a decent, humane cops answered the call.

    1. Some idiots that know nothing about dogs or could care less about them. Just think now that they don’t have them if something should happen to them or family member they don’t have John Boy to help them. Too bad they lose.

    1. He surely is! If the shelter that have kept him decided to euthanize him after the second or third return to the shelter, he wouldn’t be able to call the officer to save her owner’s life. Our animals have proven purpose on earth and every aspect of our lives and this one purpose for this dog is just that amazing!

    1. My dog can bark for 12 hours a day; who cares if my neighbors have to listen to it. Also, my dog is quite aggressive toward my neighbors but they most likely are just bad people and that’s why he wants to attack them.

      Why ever would you think my amazing little child with a tail could do anything wrong?

      Dogs over humans, anytime. Any scenario really. Dogs are literally gods among men.

  3. there is also the story of a woman that collapsed outside in the winter in Wisconsin and she was found half naked because her dog tried to drag her back in the house for safety.

  4. Thank you Officer Gonzalez. You experienced something many people wish they could experience. You were touched by that dog and you responded.

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