BANGOR, Maine — A terrier mix named Lila proved herself to be more than a man’s best friend Friday night when she drew the attention of two passers-by to her stricken owner on Essex Street.
Tony and Pattie Reaves of Bangor were driving to a friend’s home when Pattie Reaves turned onto Essex Street and saw Lila running in traffic at about 8:50 p.m. Concerned for her safety, they parked their SUV and tried to rescue her, the Bangor Daily News employees said.
Tony Reaves was in a long driveway that led to a single apartment trying to grab the dog when he began to see that his mission would help more than Lila.
“From where I was, it kind of looked like a carpet,” Pattie Reaves said Friday. “Tony said, ‘I think there’s a person in the doorway.’”
“I could see a pair of legs hanging out of that doorway, so I walked closer,” Tony Reaves said. “The dog was chasing me and barking the whole time.”
Startled, the 31-year-old realized that he had found a very thin and small woman lying face-down and wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Reaves yelled to the woman several times and nudged her foot as his wife called 911. Eventually he determined that the woman was unconscious and breathing, he said.
“The dog was barking so much that if she didn’t wake her up, I thought nothing would,” Tony Reaves said.
An ambulance arrived a few minutes later, he said. Police said the woman, whom they declined to identify, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment for a bad reaction to medication.
Paramedics had twice been called to the apartment to treat the woman that night when Reaves’ 911 call came in, police said.
Lila “honestly seemed upset about her,” Tony Reaves said. “It was almost like she was trying to get our attention. It was a little weird because we would never have seen [the woman] if we didn’t see the dog.”
“Pattie said to me later, ‘You know, that dog might have saved her life,'” he added.