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File photo of an elderly woman and a golden retriever.  (credit: Don Ipock/Getty Images)

File photo of an elderly woman and a golden retriever. (credit: Don Ipock/Getty Images)

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SYLVA, North Carolina (CBS Charlotte) – A service dog saved her elderly owner’s life after calling 911 for help.

Dorothy Davidson, 78, fell in the bathroom at her Sylva home, according to WLOS-TV. That’s when Spirit stepped into action.

After Davidson was calling for help, the golden retriever mix ran over to a special telephone for service dogs and pressed a button that immediately dialed 911.

“I sent her in to tap help,” Davidsons told WLOS. “She activated the phone I have for her.”

The station reports that Davidson suffers from primary lateral sclerosis, which is in the same disorder family as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but is not fatal.

Davidson, who has had Spirit since he was a puppy, leans on her for companionship and help.

“She picks up things after me. She picks up things I drop,” Davidson told the station.

Dogs for Life, a Florida-based group, trained Spirit how to use the phone.

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