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Mar 28, 2013 12:28 PM by NBC News

Great Dane finds elderly man after he slips and falls on ice

(WOOD) A dog in Sparta, Michigan is credited with saving its 89-year-old neighbor's life.

Rob Jerry was taking his dog Sadie out for a walk on St Patrick's Day morning when she started acting strangely. She stood still, refusing to move when he called, and stared down the driveway.

"I heard something, but I thought it sounded more like a deer grunt. And I thought that's what she was just sitting there looking at. And then I listened for a couple seconds and I could hear that it wasn't a grunt it was a 'help,'" said Jerry.

Jerry then saw his 89-year-old neighbor Albert Larson lying in his driveway.

Larson had been there for at least an hour after slipping on ice while going to get the newspaper. He couldn't get up, but his first thought was to keep moving. So he inched his way up the driveway using his shoulder, shouting for help, until he couldn't move anymore.

"I couldn't move. I thought, 'Oh my," said Larson.

He said his clothes were freezing to the ground by the time Sadie and Rob Jerry found him.

"He found me laying and says, 'What's up?' And I said, 'I wish I was up,'" Larson recalled.

Larson sustained a broken hip and bruising along his leg and shoulder. He was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital for rehabilitation.

Now Sadie is getting credit for rescuing Larson.

"If it wouldn't been for that dog barking, I'd still be froze to the driveway," said Larson.

"She saved him," said Jerry.

"Pretty nice dog," agreed Larson's wife.

Larson's wife, 90, said she couldn't imagine life without her husband and thanks Sadie for allowing the couple to celebrate another miracle: Their 69th wedding anniversary, which was Wednesday. Larson says the secret to a long marriage is biting a lot of bullets.

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