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Stray dog repays his owner 16 years later by saving his life in India

Stray dog taken in as a puppy on the streets of India repays his owner 16 years later by saving his life

  • Ramesh Sancheti took dog into care in Pune, India, in 2003, naming her Brownie
  • 16 years later, the stray animal has helped save the man who looked after her
  • Dr Sancheti collapsed in his home and a neighbour saw Brownie looking agitated
  • She stretched her paw towards her owner’s window and the neighbour soon raised the alarm

A stray dog taken in as a puppy on the streets of India has repaid his owner 16 years later – by saving his life. 

Dr Ramesh Sancheti took the dog into his care in Pune, India, in 2003 and named her Brownie.

But the 65-year-old’s kindness has been repaid years later after he collapsed in his home and the dog helped to raise the alarm.

Neighbour Amit Shah saw Brownie looking agitated and pacing up and down outside her master’s ground-floor window, according to reports in India.


Dr Ramesh Sancheti (right) took a puppy into his care in Pune, India, in 2003 and named her Brownie (left with Sancheti’s neighbour) . But the 65-year-old’s kindness has been repaid years later after he collapsed in his home and the dog helped to raise the alarm

She could be seen stretching out her paws to reach the window sill – prompting Mr Shah to take a closer look.

Inside, he saw Dr Sancheti slumped on the floor and called for immediate medical assistance.


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The patient was rushed to hospital and was diagnosed as having suffered minor cardiac arrest.

His wife was away in Mumbai and his children away from home when the drama unfolded.

Son Amit Sancheti told Pune Mirror: ‘It was only the dog who alerted Shah and saved my father’s life.’

Neighbour Amit Shah (pictured playing with a group of dogs) saw Brownie looking agitated and pacing up and down outside her master’s ground-floor window, according to reports in India

Mr Shah who raised the alarm seemed certain that Brownie was showing gratitude for being cared for by Dr Sancheti for so many years.

‘Some two years ago, Brownie’s health was critical after suffering from kidney ailments. After her treatment, the Sanchetis took special care of her, helping her recover from a 50 per cent kidney failure,’ Mr Shah said. 

‘Her senses made her aware of sounds of heavy breathing and and collapse despite not being inside the house. Canines also have an extremely advanced sense of smell.’

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