Elsie Partridge looks at a picture of her dog, Gemma, who came to her aid after a fall last week.
Elsie Partridge looks at a picture of her dog, Gemma, who came to her aid after a fall last week. Sharyn Oneill

Dog saves elderly owner after fall

AS ROCKHAMPTON'S Elsie Partridge lay in pain on the freezing floor, her four-legged companion, Gemma the terrier, went for help.

Seventy-six-year-old Elsie's cries had gone unheard for more than an hour after she fell early Friday morning.

Home alone and unable to move she turned to Gemma.

“I said ‘go and get mummy help',” Elsie said as she recalled her ordeal from her hospital bed yesterday.

It is believed the actions of the clever and loyal little yorkshire and maltese terrier cross may have saved the Park Avenue woman.

Gemma's repeated barking at the back fence caught the attention of a nearby neighbour, Ray, who came to find what the fuss was.

When Ray found Gemma she led him to Elsie, who had suffered extensive arm and side injuries.

Elsie, who needs daily medication and suffers from a breathing condition, doesn't want to think what might have happened if Gemma hadn't been there.

They've been constant companions for the past 10 years.

“She is one in a million,” Elsie said.

“She really surprised me when she did what she did.

“I was lying on the floor and she came to me.

“She knew something was wrong.

“I told her to go and get help ... I could hear her barking outside, but I couldn't move.

“Next thing I knew I heard a noise and it was Ray.”

She said she could have been there for a long time if Gemma hadn't helped.

“Not too many dogs would have done what she did,” Elsie said.

She said she had only been wearing a nightie when she fell on her way from the bathroom and was nearly frozen from the cold.

Now Elsie is looking forward to being reunited with Gemma.

She's hoping she will be discharged from Rockhampton's Mater Hospital in the next day or two.

“My son is looking after her at the moment and she is missing me,” Elsie said.

“Apparently she's sitting at the fence crying for me ... and I'm lonely here.”



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