NC Poodle Mix Finalist In Dogs Of Valor Contest

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A 4-year-old poodle mix with a knack for saving people's lives is a finalist in a national contest recognizing canine heroes.

Owners Barbara and Fred Berman of Sanford named their dog Prozac because he makes everybody happy. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that Prozac is a finalist in the Dogs of Valor contest sponsored by the U.S. Humane Society.

His first heroic act came in 2009 when his incessant barking while his owners were out of town woke up neighbors whose house was on fire. The house was destroyed, but everyone got out in time.

On another occasion, Prozac was napping with Fred Berman's 94-year-old aunt when his barking alerted family members to a breathing problem. Aunt Dorothy was fine after she was woken and given medication.

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