We’re always hearing about dogs helping their owners in times of need, but now we humans are finally returning the favor. In a letter written to JetBlue, passenger Michele Burt told the story of how flight attendants Renaud Spencer and Diane Asher saved the life of her three-year-old French bulldog, Darcy. On her flight from Orlando, Florida to Worcester, Massachusetts on July 5th, Darcy wasn’t responding to commands to lie down during the flight, which struck Burt as strange and uncharacteristic. Immediately, Burt noticed that her tongue was blue — a sign of insufficient oxygen.
Although airline policy requires pets to stay under the seat and inside carriers, flight attendants allowed Darcy to emerge from the carrier, and brought bags of ice to help calm the dog down. When that failed, Spencer suggested an oxygen mask, which did the trick in a matter of moments. “Within a few minutes,” Burt wrote, Darcy “became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask…I believe [Spencer] and [Asher] saved a life.”
JetBlue responded with a statement thanking their flight attendants, and said, “we all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable flight, including those with four legs.”
Burt has confirmed that Darcy made a complete recovery.