Lassie Has Nothing On This Little Guy - Hero Pup Saves Owner’s Life When He Suffers A Stroke

The photos from their reunion will melt your heart!

Not all heroes are human-sized.

A Navy veteran was recently 'rescued' by his pet chihuahua mix when he had a stroke on his houseboat in Oriental, NC. Rudy Armstrong credits his best pal 'Boo-Boo' with saving his life when he fell and became unresponsive.

"I sat down in my chair, drank my coffee, and the next thing I know it was after lunch," Armstrong told WJLA-7. "I couldn't even get my hand to move and my foot wouldn't move.

When veteran Rudy Armstrong had a stroke on his houseboat, his pet chihuahua-mix saved his life by running to get help. CarolinaEast Health Systems/Facebook

When Armstrong realized what had happened, he tried to reach the phone but wasn't able to. So, he turned to his tiny companion for help.

"I need help," the 86-year-old told Boo-Boo. "Go get Kim."

Kim is the Dockmaster where Armstrong has his houseboat parked.

Without another word, Boo-Boo bolted off and returned with Kim in tow, who quickly called 911 when she realized what happened.

After five days in the hospital, the staff arranged a reunion for Armstrong and his beloved Boo-Boo. CarolinaEast Health Systems/Facebook

Armstrong, who has sailed all over the world and has enough stories to fill a novel, said he wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for Boo Boo's quick action to get help.

While Armstrong is still recovering in the hospital, the staff arranged for a reunion for him and Boo-Boo in the facility's courtyard last week.

"I missed her so much," Armstrong said, all smiles, as the pup jumped on his lap and licked his face.

Armstrong was in tears when he finally got to see Boo-Boo, who was equally excited to be with his owner again. CarolinaEast Health Systems/Facebook

Officials at the hospital say they're touched by the story, and report that Armstrong has been very gracious patient (although he says he's not a fan of the turkey sausage).

"We thank him for his service to our country and for allowing us the privilege of caring for him and sharing his story of Boo-Boo, the miracle pup," hospital staff said in a statement.

Boo-Boo got plenty of treats and head pats from the hospital staff when he visited Armstrong. CarolinaEast Health Systems/Facebook

Armstrong said he's proud of Boo Boo for coming to his rescue, and that he wouldn't be here today without her.

We can see why Armstrong and Boo Boo share such a special connection. Man's best friend, indeed!

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