86-Year-Old Navy Vet Has Life Saved By Tiny Chihuahua While Suffering Stroke

86-Year-Old Navy Vet Has Life Saved By Tiny Chihuahua While Suffering Stroke

A proud elder Navy veteran has a little chihuahua to thank for saving his life when he suddenly began having a stroke.

Rudy Armstrong is a proud 86-year-old Navy veteran who can tell you many stories about his incredible life and career. Rudy spends his retirement in Oriental, North Carolina, relaxing on a custom houseboat that he'd built himself. He enjoys a fairly solitary life, which comes in handy during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and mostly has his faithful chihuahua mix pup to keep him company. While it's not clear as to exactly how his dog's name is spelled (either something like "bu-bu," Bubu," or "Boo-Boo), one thing is obvious — this pint-sized dog became a big hero one day.

Small dogs often get a bad reputation for being annoyingly vocal and often having bad tempers, but Boo-Boo is actually very intelligent, sweet, and extremely loyal. She recently proved this when Rudy suffered a major stroke and was unable to call for help.

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

“I didn’t want to be there for another couple of days before somebody come by. So I said, ‘OK, Boo-Boo, go get me some help!'”


A post from CarolinaEast Health System mentioned that the vet specifically instructed Boo-Boo to go out and find Kim, the dockmaster.

“He and Bubu have a special bond, and when Rudy couldn’t get to his phone to call for help, he looked his little friend in the eyes and said, ‘I need help. Go get Kim,'” they shared.

A couple of minutes later, Boo-Boo returned to the boat with Kim, who could see what was happening right away and call emergency services.

And it was at the hospital that Rudy soon learned that he had a stroke, and if it had not been for his little pup, there's a good chance he would not have made it.


Rudy is currently on the road to recovery at Carolina East Rehabilitation Hospital, where his big personality and spirit have definitely made an impression.

“Rudy, who has sailed all over the world and has stories for days, was very appreciative of the care he has received here but is not a fan of our turkey sausage,” the post continued.

“We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Bubu, the miracle pup!"


And recently, the hospital even arranged for a heartwarming reunion between Rudy and Boo-Boo, which the retired sailor was really looking forward to.

“I’m excited about getting to see her,” he told WNCT-TV. “I mean she sleeps with me, when I go someplace in the car she goes with me, and all of that. You know I mean, we do everything together.”


The adorable meeting took place on the hospital grounds in their garden area.

“I’ve got tears running out of my eyes,” he told WCTI. “I missed her so much, man.”

You can also watch a video about this heartwarming story below.


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