A New Brunswick woman says the dog she rescued from her local SPCA ended up saving her life.

Eva Hachey said she wouldn’t be alive today, if her dog Bruno hadn’t gone for help when she was having seizure.

Hachey’s recollection of the incident is foggy, but the last thing she remembers is falling asleep.

“Woke up and there’s a whole bunch of paramedics in my living room and I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ And they said, ‘You had a seizure.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I fell asleep,” Hachey told CTV Atlantic in an interview at her Fredericton home.

Hachey’s daughter, Angel Hutchinson, has helped her fill in the blanks.

“I literally sleep like the dead. You can’t wake me,” Hutchinson said, recalling how the little dog nipped at her fingers and barked until she awoke and got out of bed.

“He was howling and crying and whining and dancing and I knew something was wrong.”

Hutchinson thought Bruno may have been yapping an alert for her grandmother, so she raced to her bedroom first. But she quickly realized that her mother was in her chair, having a seizure.

Hachey had a ruptured brain aneurysm which could have been fatal, paramedics told her.

“If it wasn’t for the dog my mother wouldn’t be here,” Hutchinson said.

Hachey didn’t know Bruno would end up saving her life, but says she felt a special bond with him from the start.

“He started kissing me right away and I just cried,” Hachey said. “He accepted me. It was a match right there.”

Hachey said she’s sharing the story of her “little lifesaver” to encourage families to adopt shelter dogs.

While they might not all be lifesavers, Hachey says that giving any dog a loving home is a reward in and of itself.

“The only reward that we can get and give is love,” she said.

With a report from CTV Atlantic