Mans best friend came to its owners’ aid when a Lancaster County man began to suffer a severe allergic reaction after being attacked by a swarm of bees.
John Barbera of Denver, Pennsylvania said he is alive today thanks to his faithful rottweiler named Lola Mae.
Just minutes away from completing some work in his yard last Tuesday, the unsuspecting homeowner encountered an unknown bee hive.
“I must have disturbed them because they were mad,” he said.
Immediately after the first few stings John Barbara said his body became numb and things got fuzzy. Unbeknownst to him, he was one of thousands who would encounter terrible reactions to a bee sting.
“The last thing I remember is closing the gate. After that, everything was dizzy and going blank. I walked about halfway up the yard and passed out,” he said.
Barbera said he doesn’t know how long he was unconscious. With a history of heart problems, diabetes and a new-found bee allergy, he said it easily could have been the end for him.
It was at this time that the family dog proved that she was indeed his best friend and loyal companion.
“My dog kept nudging me, licking my face. I heard her bark a couple times,” he said. “That’s all I know. She kept pushing me.”
“He said, ‘How did I get in the house?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know how you got in the house,'” said his wife, Terri Barbera. The couple said Lola Mae woke up him up and he was able to get into his house. He managed to call his wife for help before again loosing consciousness.
“There’s nobody here. If she wouldn’t have been pushing him and licking him, he might not have ever woke up,” Terri Barbera said.
Barbera was rushed to Ephrata Hospital where he recovered from his allergic reaction soon after.
Despite Barbera’s medical condition, the couple was quite concerned about their dog Lola. When they returned home Thursday, her daily walk became a struggle.
“She just stayed by his side the whole night. When he went to bed, she went to bed,” Mrs. Barbera said.
“I started to cry, because I knew I had to take her on a walk for her to know everything is OK,” John Barbera said.
It wasn’t until Friday that the family pet was finally acting like herself again.
“I took her out this morning. I think she’ll be OK,” John Barbera said.
“He didn’t want another Rotty, but he said, ‘I can’t live without one,'” Terri Barbera said. “She saved his life. That’s how true that became.”
John Barbera said he’s still feeling a little sore but definitely much better.
As for his heroin, Lola Mae, she did not receive any known injuries from the bee attack and is doing quite well.
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